Mini Vanilla Cupcakes

Some how I have two consecutive posts with mini cupcakes…well, we were invited for a BBQ at our friend’s boat. Diana lives in a 54 foot boat in Marina Del Rey and love to entertain…so I told her that I would make some mini cupcakes. I decided to make a conventional yellow batter for the cake and cover it with pineapple cream cheese frosting to bring a more fruity flavor to the cupcakes and of course decorate the mini cupcakes with blueberries and raspberries to make them blue and red. I have to confess that I was some how disappointed with the cake texture, I expected to be a little lighter…anyway, here it is…
I was able to make 40 mini cupcakes and had some leftover frosting, which we were able to finish very fast :-)


Cake Batter
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup skim milk

Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese
2/3 cup sugar
10 oz crushed pineapple (natural juice) well drained
8 oz cool whip


Shift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder, set aside. In a large bowl blend together the butter and the sugar until a cream texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well. Add the milk and yogurt to the batter and the flour mixture. Pour approximately 1 tablespoon into small size bake cups (1 in). Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes out on the rack, let the cupcakes cool completely.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting
In a large bowl mix the cream cheese with the sugar until forming a cream, add the drained pineapple to the cream cheese. Gently fold the cool whip to the pineapple cream cheese cream. The pineapple cream cheese frosting is ready to be used.


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Pumpkin Cupcakes

These pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for sharing, they are light, moist with a layer of crunchiness on the top,  a family favorite!

Pumpkin, pumpkin, you see pumpkin everywhere…so by default I got a can of pumpkin from Trader Joe’s, actually two cans…and I left one on the counter thinking that it would be used rapidly…no…it has been sitting there for almost 10 days. So yesterday I decided that it was about time to find something different to make with the pumpkin puree, and… voila! Decided to make some cupcakes…

I did an extensive search on the internet and decided to use the Allrecipe recipe’s for the pumpkin cake as my template…I must confess that I made some drastic change besides what many have done by replacing part of the vegetable oil for apple sauce. In this adapted recipe I add more apple sauce, cut the sugar in half and topped it with some kind of streusel topping.

The cupcakes turned out great, light, moist, fluffy and healthier. Overall these cupcakes are very simple to make. If you wish to make it more cupcake like you can always omit the streusel like topping and go for your favorite cream cheese frosting/filling as recommended by the site. For everyday kind of recipe I prefer these cupcakes with the streusel topping, everything is done once the cupcakes are out of the oven and ready to be gobbled. Nonetheless, I plan to bake these cupcakes and decorate them for Thanksgiving with the cream cheese frosting so they will be appropriated dressed for the occasion :-)



  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2½ teaspoons pumpkin spices


  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Prepare 12 cupcake cups and preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl sift together all the dry ingredients of the batter. Set aside.

In a small bowl add all the ingredients if the topping and set aside.

In a large bowl combine sugar, oil and apple sauce. Mix and add in vanilla and pumpkin, continue to mix by adding one egg at a time. Slowly beat in the dry ingredients mixture.

Fill the baking cups until approximately 2/3 full. Sprinkle the top with the walnut topping mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 -25 minutes minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

I hope you enjoy this simple and healthier recipe for pumpkin cupcakes.

– For more pumpkin recipes, please check the recipes below…


Did you know that pumpkin contains high amount of fiber? The orange color of the pumpkin is due to high content of lutein, and carotenoids like the carrots. Moreover, it has been suggested that pumpkin medicinal properties include anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic and anti-oxidant.

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Orange Cupcake with Mascarpone Frosting

This is a very easy and simple cupcake recipe…the cake is very light and moist since yogurt and the egg whites in the form of soft peak were added to the batter. Both frosting and the cake contain orange rind, which give the cupcakes a very citrus flavor. The cupcakes can be baked ahead, and frozen. On the day that you want to serve them, make the frosting while the cupcakes are defrosting, top them and they are ready to be serve

Cake Batter


¼ cup orange juice
1 cup fat free natural yogurt
1 tablespoon orange rind, grated
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup or ¼ lb butter
3 eggs, separated
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
¾ cup sugar


Sift the flour with the baking powder. In a small bowl mix the orange ring with the yogurt and the orange juice.

Cream the butter and approximately 3/4 of the sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in the vanilla extract and the egg yolks one at the time, until very light and airy.

Add the half of the sifted flour with approximately half of the yogurt mix. Mix gently and repeat with the rest of flour and yogurt.

Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until foamy, add the remaining of the sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks.

Gently fold approximately 1/3 of the egg white into the batter, then fold in the remaining egg white, avoiding deflating the batter.

Fill the cupcake cups to 2/3 and bake in pre heated oven at 350F for approximately 10 minutes until a inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Let the cupcakes cool down before icing them.

Mascarpone Frosting


2 cup mascarpone cheese
5 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar
1 tablespoon orange rind, grated
1 teaspoon orange blossom


Mix all the ingredients until fluffy.

Top the cupcakes with the mascarpone frosting and serve.

Did you know that mascarpone cheese is made by coagulating cream with a weak acid?

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