The Deen Bros. Lighter Red Velvet Cupcakes

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The Deen Bros. Lighter Red Velvet Cupcakes

By Bobby and Jamie Deen

The Deen Bros. Lighter Red Velvet Cupcakes with Marshmallow Cream

195 Fewer Calories
23 g Less Fat


2 cups cake flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 large egg
2 teaspoons red food coloring

Marshmallow Cream:
3/4 cups sugar
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 tablespoons coconut rum (such as Malibu Caribbean Rum), or 1 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners or coat with cooking spray.

To make the cupcakes, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, sugar, oil, egg, and food coloring in a medium bowl until well mixed. Gradually stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture just until incorporated. Fill each muffin cup two-thirds full with the batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack 10 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from pan and let cool completely on the rack.

Meanwhile, to make the Marshmallow Cream, bring a few inches of water to a simmer in a saucepan that can hold a large heatproof bowl above the water. Whisk the sugar, egg whites, rum, cream of tartar, and salt in the bowl by hand. Set the bowl above the simmering water and beat with an electric hand mixer at medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, 5 – 7 minutes. Remove from the heat. Let cool 5 minutes. Evenly spread the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Yield: 12 servings
Per Serving: 247 Cal; 4 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 3 g Mono Fat; 45 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 26 g Sugar; 76 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 269 mg Sodium; 18 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  Red Velvet Cupcakes
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of The Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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I'm So glad I'm able to click on to view these lovely Recipes Paula, thank you,I wasn't able to in a while. It's about time. Thank you for giving us a Lower Calorie version You Look Amazing Girl.

By Brenda Coleman on July 05, 2013


Thanks for making those wonderful foods lower in calories. I too am diabetic but have a very hard time resisting sweets.

By Fran Carroll on July 30, 2012


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By connie williams on December 30, 2011


trying to find reciept for a toffie you had on the show and poured over with choc it was on the 14 i belive

By susanne sheehan on December 16, 2011


hi im sorry to ask u this but do u have any receips for diabetic/apple/pumpink pies i have look but cound find any any pie for diabetic would be fine thanks paula.ciao.

By Anna Lloyd on December 15, 2011


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By Sonia Mireles on December 14, 2011


The lighter red velvet cupcakes sound delicious. Looking forward to trying some soon. Donna Harrell

By Donna Harrell on December 13, 2011


Hey everybody...please incorporate some recipes for us who are diabetics...I just found out a month ago that I inherited the diabetic gene and I am needing some good recipes...I watch all of you as much as I can but somewhere I missed knowing that Jamie already has three did I sleep through that..ha ha..he really has been thanks everybody and enjoy watching you seem just like family.

By Kay on December 09, 2011

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