For my mom's birthday I wanted to make her some cupcakes.... But she's trying to be healthy too, so I didn't want to ruin her whole day. Here's what I came up with....
One of my friends on MyFitnessPal mentioned that she made chocolate cupcakes with just cake mix and a can of pumpkin. WHAT?! This is right up my alley!! So I perused the internet - and it's true. This does work. Then I found a recipe for frosting that I could tweak a bit - which really turned out to be more of a glaze.... and here we go!
2/3 can 100% canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Body Fortress)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Body Fortress)
2 cups confectioners sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup light/low sodium butter (I used Smart Balance) - take this out of the fridge about an hour before you are going to use it so it can soften
3-5 tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
2tbsp cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 325. (Or higher depending on what kind of tin you're using - see cake mix packaging)
In large bowl, mix canned pumpkin, cake mix, protein powder and a little water (only as much as you need to make it more mixable). It should form a thick batter consistency.
Line cupcake tin with liners - you can make regular cupcakes or mini -- mini would make around 6-, regular would make around 30.
Spoon batter into liners. For regular size cupcakes, fill about 2/3 full. For mini cupcakes just put about a spoonful in each liner.
Follow baking instructions for the cake mix -- I used a dark metal tin and each batch took 18 minutes to cook.
Let cupcakes cool completely.
In large bowl, cream butter, sugar, & vanilla. Add in cocoa powder, and coconut milk 1tbsp at a time. Beat until fluffy. If too sweet, add more milk. I ended up using about 1/5 cup coconut milk to cut the sweetness.
I refrigerated the icing for about half an hour before frosting the cupcakes.
Then I put it into a zip loc baggie, cut the corner off, and squeezed a small amount onto each cupcake.
1 regular iced cupcake or 2 iced mini cupcakes.