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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lite Triple Coconut Cupcakes

I found this recipe months ago and saved it for my husband's birthday.  He loves coconut and I thought these would be good for him to take to work for on his birthday.  You know we use to make cupcakes for our kids to take to school so why not the husbands too?  Of course if you do not like coconut this recipe is not for you. There's coconut from start to finish.  Also, this recipe uses a lot of fat free and lite ingredients so they won't even realize these are a little better for them.
These are the ingredients for the cupcakes.  I will show the icing at the end.  You replace unsweetened applesauce for the oil.
Start with a white cake mix in a bowl.
Add 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce.
This is what the cream of coconut looks like.  Now don't do like I did.  There is a sticky liquid under the solid part.  I didn't know that and spilled it all over the counter and floor.  Let's just say I had an unscheduled mopping of the floor after this.
Add 3/4 cup of the cream of coconut.
1/2 cup water
3 egg whites
Mix that well.
Add one box instant coconut pudding mix.
Dip up the cupcakes into paper lined muffin tin.  Place in a preheated 350 oven.  Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  You will want to cool them completely.
While the cupcakes bake and cool, it's time to mix up the icing.
Add 3/4 a box of instant coconut pudding mix to a bowl.
Add 1 cup low fat milk
1/3 cup powdered sugar
Whisk that well.
Add 4 oz light cream cheese that has been slightly softened.
Whisk that until it is well mixed.
Gently fold in 1 8 oz tub of Fat free cool whip that has been thawed.
Everything is nicely folded together.
Cover and place in the fridge for at least an hour.
The cupcakes are out of the oven and ready to cool.  This recipe makes about 20 cupcakes.
When the cupcakes have cooled and the frosting has been in the fridge for at least an hour, it is time to frost.
I used a plastic zip lock bag and a piping tip to make them pretty.
Cupcakes are all iced. 
And if there wasn't enough coconut already in these cupcakes add some coconut flakes on top.  Store in the fridge.
All plated up and ready for the birthday party at work.

Lite Triple Coconut Cupcake Recipe

For cupcakes
1 box white cake mix
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup cream of coconut
1/2 cup water
3 egg whites
1 box instant coconut pudding mix

For icing

3/4 box instant coconut pudding mix
1 cup low fat milk
1/3 cup powdered sugar
4 oz light cream cheese softened
1 tub cool whip free thawed

shredded coconut for topping

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