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Welcome to Tweaked at Chez Jan de la Dayton....translated to 'tweaked at Jan's house in Dayton'! Sounds fancy, but it's not. If you choose to share a recipe, be kind and give me kudos for it. The pictures are NOT to be taken off this blog unless used in a direct link to this blog. Once upon a time I was a Weight Watchers leader....that chapter is closed. But I still like to eat and bake and don't like the weight that finds its way to me too easily. So I go find delicious-sounding recipes and tweak them. Some recipes, however, just don't turn out right if they're tweaked. I've not posted anything....so far.....that isn't WW friendly. That might change, and I'll warn you if I post something with 'scary' P+ values. For those who don't use substitutions, the ratio for Splenda granulated/sugar is 1:1 and the ratio for egg substitute/eggs is 1/4 cup of egg sub = 1 egg. Now.....let's have some fun in the kitchen!!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes 24 Cupcakes
1 Cupcake Without Frosting = 3 PointsPlus™
1 Cupcake With Frosting = 6 PointsPlus™

3/4 cup light butter, softened
2 1/2 cups Splenda granulated
3/4 cup egg substitute
1 15-oz. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 cup fat-free buttermilk

8 oz. light cream cheese
1/2 cup light butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, cream butter and Splenda until light and fluffy. Add egg substitute, beat well. Add pumpkin. Combine the flours, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, cinnamon salt, baking soda and ginger; add to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beating well.

3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes (I cooked mine for 30 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

4. For frosting: in a large bowl beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes once they're completely cool.

MY SPIN: If you know me....you know I LOVE cinnamon so I put more in mine than the recipe calls for. The frosting.....I personally thought it was VERY sweet and if I make it again I will use only 3 cups of the powdered sugar.

Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court! *The PointsPlus™ value for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark.*

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