Cupcakes for Everyone

Reduced-Sugar Cupcakes

This apple-spiced treat has 2/3 less sugar than our regular frosted cupcake.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. allspice
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg

Cream-Cheese Frosting

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
2 Tbs. Honey

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 18 muffin cups with baking liners. Coat liners with vegetable cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, combine flour, wheat germ, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, and allspice. Combine buttermilk and applesauce in measuring cup. In large bowl, with electric mixer on medium, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, beating well. Alternate adding flour mixture with buttermilk mixture, beating to combine.
  3. Divide batter among baking liners, and bake 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. Prepare frosting: In medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, butter, and honey until smooth.

Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the September 2001 issue of Parents magazine.

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