Red Velvet Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas my True Love Gave to Me… Moist Red Velvet Cupcakes with a Rich Cream Cheese Frosting!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 35-40 Minutes.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 (12 cup) muffin tins with cupcake liners, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.


For the cupcake batter, mix together cake mix, buttermilk, yogurt, egg whites, 2 tbs dry pudding mix, cocoa powder, and food coloring. Beat mixture until smooth. Divide batter evenly between 24 cupcake tins. Bake cupcakes for 18  minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.


While cupcakes are baking, mix together the milk and pudding mix. Add cream cheese, and beat until smooth, (this is best done with a hand held mixer, or kitchen aid mixer to get frosting smooth). Fold in cool whip. Set frosting in fridge for at least 10 minutes, to firm up.


When cupcakes are completely cooled, frost cupcakes, and top with sprinkles if desired. Place cupcakes in a covered container, and store in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!


Red Velvet Cake:
1 (16.25 oz) Box super moist white cake mix (I used sugar free white cake mix)
1 1/4 cup Reduced fat buttermilk1
1/2 cup Low fat vanilla or plain yogurt (I used vanilla Chobani)
3Egg whites
1 Large box vanilla sugar free pudding mix (2 tbs for the cake, save the rest for the frosting)
2 tbs Cocoa powder
1 tbs Red food coloring
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/2 cup Skim milk (or milk alternative)
RemainderOf vanilla pudding mix (listed above)
1 (8 oz) package 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
1 cupLight cool whip (or Truwhip for a natural alternative)

1 The buttermilk gives the cupcakes a slight tang that is found in a traditional in red velvet cake, if you don’t care for that, you can replace the buttermilk with water!

Katie's Tip!

The buttermilk gives the cupcakes a slight tang that is found in a traditional in red velvet cake , if you don’t care for that, you can replace the buttermilk with water!

Nutrition Breakdown

24 Cupcakes
75 Calories Per Cupcake (without frosting)
2 g Fat (without frosting)
1 g Sugar (without frosting)
15 g Carbohydrate (without frosting)
2 g Protein (without frosting)
113 Calories Per Cupcake (with frosting)
4 g Fat (with frosting)
17 g Carbohydrate (with frosting)
2 g Sugar (with frosting)
3 g Protein (with frosting)
4 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Allison said:

BEAUTIFUL picture- cupcake & backdrop!

December 17th, 2011 — 10:41am  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

YAY!!!! :D

I’m so glad you made a recipe for these! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Red velvet are my mom and i’s favorite cupcake and we’ve been searching for a healthier recipe! We love your blog! All our Christmas desserts are Dashing Dish this year!

December 17th, 2011 — 12:53pm  |  Reply

Meredith said:

What is the weight watchers points for these?

December 17th, 2011 — 1:06pm  |  Reply

Emily said:

I cannot wait to try these!!! They sound awesome! You are so clever!!!!

December 17th, 2011 — 6:44pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you so much allison! :) xo

December 18th, 2011 — 4:30am  |  Reply

Katrina said:

Aww yeah. Beautiful!

December 18th, 2011 — 5:33am  |  Reply

Shannon from Healthiful Balance said:

I’ve never had a red velvet cupcake! But they look SO delicious! :)

December 18th, 2011 — 7:20am  |  Reply

Denise said:

Those look delish. I jus might have to try them.

December 18th, 2011 — 7:05pm  |  Reply

Ellie@fitforthesoul said:

All your pictures and foods look beautiful!! This one and the last post, all amazing…:D

December 18th, 2011 — 8:02pm  |  Reply

Kelli said:

what size vanilla pudding mix did you use? 4 servings? 6 servings?

December 20th, 2011 — 2:30pm  |  Reply

Meghan said:

what are the fat and fiber contents per cupcake? I’m doing old weight watchers points and would like to be able to calculate those!

December 21st, 2011 — 4:53pm  |  Reply

Yasmine Gonzalez said:

They look amazing! Cant wait to try this recipe! A quick question, if Im not able to get a hold of vanilla sugar free pudding mix do you have any idea to substitute ingredient? :)

December 23rd, 2011 — 6:15am  |  Reply

Jenn said:

I can’t wait to try out this recipe!

December 27th, 2011 — 8:50pm  |  Reply

Kyla said:

These are mini cupcakes, right? Looks so tasty!!

May 3rd, 2012 — 4:32pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

regular sized :)

May 3rd, 2012 — 4:53pm  | 

Paula said:

Can’t wait to try these for my birthday!!

July 6th, 2012 — 9:03pm  |  Reply

Josianne said:

What would the calories be for the frosting?

August 15th, 2012 — 8:50am  |  Reply

Josianne said:

Ack! Nevermind, I am blind!

August 15th, 2012 — 9:01am  | 

Rachel said:

Can’t wait to try these!! One question- it’s white cake mix, not red velvet? Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us!!!

October 8th, 2012 — 1:28am  |  Reply

Chrissy said:

What brand of sugar free white cake mix do you use? and where can I find it?

November 22nd, 2012 — 10:31pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

i use pillsbury…which i find at walmart

November 26th, 2012 — 1:19pm  | 

Meghan Bell said:

These are literally the best cupcakes I’ve ever had in my life! Thank you!!

January 1st, 2014 — 9:00pm  |  Reply

Taylor said:

Could I use a gluten free cake mix or would that effect how it cooks?

December 11th, 2014 — 10:58pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

that works!

December 12th, 2014 — 8:11am  | 

Katie Farrell said:

aww you made my week jennifer! :) xo

December 18th, 2011 — 4:31am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

meredith, ill post it just as soon as i get it! :)

December 18th, 2011 — 4:32am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you emily! :)

December 18th, 2011 — 4:32am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you so much ellie! you are so sweet! :)

December 19th, 2011 — 7:17am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

6 servings for the pudding

December 21st, 2011 — 5:52am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

yasmine, i would try beating cream cheese and the cool whip together and take out the milk… and add about 1/2 cup sweetener

December 23rd, 2011 — 6:58am  |  Reply

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