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Skinny, Low-Calorie Red Velvet Cupcakes with Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese Frosting and Vanilla

Red velvet cake is one of the few cake desserts that I like, so how about Skinny, Low-Calorie Red Velvet Cupcakes with Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese Frosting and Vanilla? Red velvet cake is typically made with cream cheese frosting which isn’t overbearing and loaded with tons of sugar. I am not a huge fan of overly sweet foods, so I am SUPER picky about desserts.

A friend of mine reached out for my help with planning a surprise birthday party for another friend. She asked if I could bring red velvet cupcakes. I was elated and nervous at the same time. I was happy she requested red velvet (because I would actually want to eat the cupcakes, too).

I was nervous because I am not a huge baker. I do not bake sweets often. I would eat dessert more often if it was prepared my way, the SNATCHED way. I firmly believe I can snatch pretty much any recipe and make it macro-friendly. That is exactly what I did with this recipe. 

Calories: 84       Fat: 1.7G      Net Carbs: 14G     Protein: 2.7G

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skinny guilt free red velvet cupcakes

skinny guilt free red velvet cupcakes

skinny guilt free red velvet cupcakes
skinny guilt free red velvet cupcakes

Instead of using vegetable oil (which is loaded in fat and calories) I used Greek yogurt for the filling. I used cage-free egg whites instead of whole eggs. For the icing, I used reduced-fat cream cheese and 1/4 cup of powder sugar. Those few modifications made a huge difference. 
skinny guilt free red velvet cupcakes

I brought two pans of cupcakes to the party and left empty handed. My friends loved them! Several people had no idea these cupcakes were snatched.  While mingling, I was having a conversation with a friend’s girlfriend. She mentioned she felt guilty for eating a cupcake. She had no idea I made the cupcakes and that they were not loaded with calories and sugar. I was so happy I could let her know these are guilt-free cupcakes!

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Guilt-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Quick and Easy, Healthy, Skinny, Guilt-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 87kcal


  • 1 box Betty Crocker Super-Moist Red Velvet cake mix
  • 3/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3 egg whites 6 tablespoons
  • 6 oz reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • red sugar for sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Fill a muffin tray with cupcake liners
  • Combine the cake mix, Greek yogurt, water, egg whites, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Mix for 2-3 minutes using an automated mixer.
  • Fill each of the cupcake liners with batter.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes. (Mine were good right around 13-14 minutes.)
  • Heat the cream cheese in small bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds to soften.
  • Add the powdered sugar to the bowl. Using a mixer, beat on high until the frosting becomes thick. Add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Continue to beat until the texture becomes creamy.
  • When the cupcakes have cooled, spread frosting on the top of each. Sprinkle with red sugar.
  • Serve!
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Calories: 87kcal
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Kymberly Miller

Thursday 25th of November 2021

Used this recipe to make a double layer cake. The cake was moist with just enough sweetness! Will make this again!

Dana Pace

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

I was hoping this was a keto recipe. Do you have a red velvet keto recipe?


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

No I don’t.

Chelsea Ryan

Monday 4th of May 2020

Can you turn this recipe into a full sized cake instead of cupcakes. Looking at making it as a birthday cake for my partner


Monday 4th of May 2020

I've never done this, but I assume so.


Wednesday 8th of April 2020

amazing recipe but i only have duncan hines cake mix on hand. would i need to adjust anything?


Wednesday 8th of April 2020

I've only made it with Betty Crocker. I assume it works the same, but can only speak for what I have tested.


Monday 6th of April 2020

Hello, I followed this recipe step by step but my batter ended up watery looking. The cakes didn't rise and were wet. I wondered if you had any advice? And did you use medium or large eggs?



Monday 6th of April 2020

I've used both with no trouble. I will need you to explain what you did.