Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Unprepared white cake mix
18¼ oz, spiced cake variety
3 item(s), large, beaten
½ cup(s), low-fat
Crushed pineapple canned in juice
8 oz, drained
¼ cup(s), chopped
Low fat cream cheese
4 oz, (Neufchâtel)
Powdered sugar (confectioner's)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
- With an electric mixer on low speed, beat the cake mix, eggs, applesauce, and buttermilk in a large bowl until blended. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. With a rubber spatula, stir in the carrots, pineapple, currants, and 1/4 cup of the pecans.
- Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove the cupcakes from the pans and let cool on the racks.
- To make the frosting, with an electric mixer on low speed, beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth. Spread about 2 teaspoons of the frosting on each cupcake and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining pecans. Yields 1 cupcake per serving.