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Chocolate-Cherry Cupcakes

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  40 Minutes
Total Time:  3 Hours
  12 cupcakes
The chopped cherries blend into the ultra-rich chocolate cake, giving these cupcakes a slight cherry flavor while keeping it super-moist with little added oil. The combination of reduced-fat cream cheese and sour cream gives the frosting cheesecake-like flavor with about 40 calories and 3 grams saturated fat less than a traditional cream cheese frosting.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For Cupcakes:
3/4 cup  whole-wheat pastry flour (see Note)
3/4 cup  cake flour
1/2 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons  baking powder
1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
1/2 teaspoon  salt
3/4 cup  granulated sugar
1/4 cup  canola oil
1   large egg
1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
1/2 cup  nonfat buttermilk (see Tip)
1 1/2 cups  chopped pitted cherries, fresh or frozen (thawed and drained), plus 12 fresh cherries with stems for garnish
For Frosting:
6 ounces  reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), at room temperature
1/2 cup  reduced-fat sour cream
1 cup  packed confectioners’ sugar

Ingredient Note: Look for whole-wheat pastry flour in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer. Tip: No buttermilk? You can make “sour milk” as a substitute: mix 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar to 1/2 cup nonfat milk.
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DIRECTIONS
To prepare cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups with paper liners.


Whisk whole-wheat flour, cake flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.


Beat granulated sugar and oil in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined. With the mixer on low, alternately mix in the dry ingredients and buttermilk, starting and ending with dry ingredients and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, until just combined. Fold in chopped cherries until just combined. Divide the batter among the prepared cups (they will be full).


Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 22 to 26 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.


To prepare frosting: Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, sour cream and confectioners’ sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Refrigerate the frosting until very cold, about 2 hours. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and decorate with a cherry on top, if desired.


Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 05/01/2010
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   12 cupcakes
Calories: 269
Fat. Total: 10g
Protein: 5g
Carbohydrates, Total: 42g
Fat, Saturated: 3g
Fiber: 2g
Cholesterol: 32mg
Sodium: 286mg
% Cal. from Fat: 33%
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