Healthy Cupcake Recipes

Find healthy, delicious cupcake recipes including chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, and cupcake frosting. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Glazed Lemon Cupcakes

Pucker up with these lemony cupcakes! These simple cupcakes are easy to pull together. They're tender and wholesome thanks to white whole-wheat flour but plenty decadent thanks to a sweet and tangy glaze on top.
By Carolyn Casner

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

This Double Chocolate Cupcake recipe is perfect for the ultimate chocolate lover. Topped with Chocolate Frosting, these diabetic-friendly cupcakes are delicious and impossible to resist.

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Rating: 5 stars
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Strawberries and lemons make for a sweet and citrusy treat in this lightened-up cupcake recipe topped with a cream cheese frosting.

Easy Buttermilk Cupcakes

Light, sweet vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate cream-cheese frosting will be a hit with your family.

Vanilla Tres Leches Cakes

The classic Mexican cake, with its rich flavors of vanilla and three different kinds of milk, is lightened up and served in jumbo cupcake form with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Sunshine Cupcakes

These light, low-calorie cupcakes are frosted with lemon-flavored whipped topping.

Poop Emoji Cupcakes

Rating: 5 stars
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You don't have to be a professional pastry chef to make fun decorated cupcakes. These chocolate cupcakes are made to look like the silly poop emoji and use three simple ingredients to accomplish their impressive look--chocolate frosting, candy eyes and marshmallows. Pureed sweet potato replaces butter in the healthy frosting for a birthday party treat kids and adults will love.

Apple-Spice Cupcakes

Subtly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, each Apple-Spice Cupcake is chock-full of chopped apple.

Fudge-Berry Cupcakes

Espresso coffee powder and bittersweet chocolate make this dense cake an extra-rich dessert.

Chocolate-Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Not just for breakfast, granola adds a nice crunch to the top of these chocolate cupcakes.

Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Rating: 4 stars
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These moist and delicious cupcakes take on a hint of the tropics thanks to pineapple and coconut. Traditional cream cheese frosting is usually made with regular cream cheese and butter. This version is lightened up by substituting a combination of reduced-fat cream cheese and low-fat Greek yogurt.

Island Pineapple Cupcakes

These light cupcakes are topped with fluffy pineapple frosting and a sprinkle of toasted coconut.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Bake a Better Cupcake

Use these delicious recipes and easy tips for healthier cupcakes.

Decorate with Naturally-Dyed Frosting

Skip the artificially food colorings and use naturally-colored icing for fun cupcakes.

Strawberry Fro-Yo Cupcakes

Rating: 5 stars
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Fat-free frozen yogurt and fresh strawberries are blended together to make a healthier cupcake with a bonus cookie crunch in this easy 4-ingredient dessert recipe.