200 Calorie Chocolate Cupcakes

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Welcome to my Instructable! I've love looking at cupcake recipes, but when I look at the calorie count for the cupcakes with the towers of beautiful frosting on top, I start to feel a little guilty (Especially when they can be from 300 to 600 calories!). So this is a recipe for cupcakes that come to 180 calories without icing, and just under 200 with a dash of icing on top! And they are not dinky, these are full sized bursting out of the muffin wrapper cupcakes! Also, aside from the eggs, all of the ingredients can be kept in the store-cupboard, so these are great to bake if you don't fancy leaving the house to get fresh ingredients.
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Step 1: The ingredients!

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The ingredients are:
410g tin of pear halves, in juice (The secret ingredient that keeps this cupcake moist but low calorie!)
75g cocoa powder
125g caster sugar
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
50ml vegetable oil (If you have grapeseed or walnut, these are fine too)
3 medium sized eggs
225g plain flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
50 grams of icing sugar (optional, for the icing drizzled on top)

And the tools you will need:
A sieve
A measuring jug
A small saucepan
A fork or small whisk
A large mixing bowl (For the chocolate pear mix)
Cupcake tin and cupcake cases
A small mixing bowl (For weighing out flour)
A blender (Or anything that can purée liquid)

Step 2: Make the chocolate and pear mix

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First of all, drain your tin of pears, keeping the juice so you can use it later.
Weigh out the caster sugar and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and add 125 ml of the pear juice, discarding any juice left over. Heat the mix, whisking continuously until it is smooth and well combined. As soon as the mixture begins to boil, pour the nixture into a bowl and add the drained pears. Leave this mixture for 15 minutes to cool.

While waiting for the mix to cool, preheat the oven to gas mark 3, and line your cupcake or muffin tray with liners. Then have a little break.
Wonderful! It sounds so simple and you make them look so elegant with the way you frosted them!
What a fantastic idea to use the pears! I use applesauce in baked goods all the time, but pears sound so much nicer to go with cocoa! :)
VengefulSpoon (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank you! I use applesauce quite often too, normally if I am switching eggs out for any reason, but you are right that the pears really compliment the chocolate, makes it taste so delicate!