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I am getting ready to have a few friends over for a candle party and it is right around St. Patrick’s Day so I thought I would try out a new cupcake recipe.  The cupcakes are lime flavored with a lime cream cheese frosting.  Feeling the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day I decided to add green food coloring to the mix and the cupcakes turned out so cute and festive.  I also added a few green colored sprinkles to the tops of the cupcakes but I did not count these into the nutrition info.

Skinny Mom Fact: Many bars in the United States, and abroad, serve green beer to celebrate St. Patty’s Day.

*I understand that the word healthy holds a different meaning for every individual, and I am not claiming the diet soda in this recipe makes these cupcakes healthy. For me, it is important to cut calories and fat in my cooking — making them skinny — and this is a trick I’ve learned along the way. I understand the research on diet soda. I am human and I occasionally enjoy a diet soda…even in my baking. If this recipe offends anyone, I apologize, and you can still cook these divine cupcakes with the traditional baking ingredients.

Skinny St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake

Ingredients

    Cupcake:
  • 2 cups classic white cake mix, dry mix only
  • 6 oz Diet Mountain Dew®
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • green food coloring
  • Lime Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Cupcake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, add cake mix, Diet Mountain Dew®, lime juice, and green food coloring. Use as much green food coloring as needed to reach desired green color.
  3. Mix until smooth.
  4. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray with non-stick butter spray.
  5. Pour cake mix evenly among cups.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes until cupcakes are golden and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Frosting:
  8. Using an electric mixer, blend all ingredients until smooth.
  9. After baked cupcakes have cooled, frost each cupcake with cream cheese frosting.
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