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Raspberry-Swirl Cupcakes

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  40 Minutes
Total Time:  3 Hours
  12 cupcakes
These raspberry-lemon cupcakes are topped with an easy cream cheese frosting tinted pink with a little raspberry puree. For those unaccustomed to the mildly nutty flavor of whole-wheat flour (used in these cupcakes), the flavor of the raspberry puree swirled into the lemony cake makes the wheat flavor undetectable.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the frosting (Step 7) for up to 3 days. Store cooled cupcakes airtight at room temperature for up to 1 day. | Equipment: Muffin tin with 12 (1/2-cup) cups, paper liners
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For Cupcakes:
2 cups  raspberries, fresh or frozen (thawed and drained), plus 12 fresh berries for garnish (about 12 ounces total)
1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup  granulated sugar, divided
3/4 cup  whole-wheat pastry flour (see Note)
3/4 cup  cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons  baking powder
1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1/4 cup  canola oil
2   large eggs
1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
1 teaspoon  freshly grated lemon zest
1/2 cup  nonfat buttermilk (see Tip)
For Frosting:
8 ounces  reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), at room temperature
1 cup  packed confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon  freshly grated lemon zest

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; coat the liners with cooking spray.


Puree 2 cups raspberries and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar in a blender or food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl, pressing with a rubber spatula to extract all the puree; discard seeds. Reserve 4 teaspoons of the puree for the frosting.


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


Beat 3/4 cup granulated sugar and oil in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in eggs, vanilla and 1 teaspoon lemon zest 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.


Fill the prepared cups half full of batter. Place a scant tablespoon of raspberry puree on each cup (you may have some left over). Divide the remaining batter evenly among the cups. Use a wooden skewer or toothpick to swirl and fold the puree into the batter.


Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 22 to 24 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.


To prepare frosting: Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and the reserved 4 teaspoons raspberry puree with an electric mixer until smooth. Refrigerate the frosting until very cold, at least 2 hours. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and decorate with a raspberry 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: 272
Fat. Total: 10g
Protein: 5g
Carbohydrates, Total: 41g
Fat, Saturated: 3g
Fiber: 2g
Cholesterol: 49mg
Sodium: 486mg
% Cal. from Fat: 33%
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