Almost Sugar Free CupCakes

I'm a huge fan of Splenda. Our own family has used it since the Spring of 2003 and although we are not sugar free, I like using part Splenda in many things to reduce the amount of sugar in them. I was never aware of the sugar that is in all our foods until I started to really read labels closely. Even frozen green beans have about 2 grams of sugar per serving! Frozen vegetables for pete's sake! LOL.

With Easter this weekend we are obviously inundated with sugar treats right now. This cupcake recipe uses mostly splenda with just 1/4 c sugar which helps with flavor and texture of the finished product. I collected this one from my own personal email as I'm signed up to receive recipes from their company.

Yellow Cupcakes

2 1/4 cups cake flour
3/4 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup softened unsalted butter
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place 18 paper baking cups into muffin pans. Set aside.

Place cake flour, SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener, sugar and softened unsalted butter in a large mixing bowl. Mix 1 to 2 minutes with electric mixer set on medium speed, until butter is mixed into flour mixture.

Add nonfat dry milk, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix on low speed until blended.

Mix buttermilk, eggs and extracts in a small bowl. Stir well. Add 2/3 of the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Mix on medium speed mixing until the liquids are just blended into the flour mixture. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Mix on medium-high speed about 45-60 seconds until the batter starts to become lighter in appearance. Reduce mixer speed to low and add remaining liquids. Mix on medium speed until blended. Stop mixer and scrape sides and bottom of bowl again. Mix on medium high speed an additional 30 seconds.

Pour cake batter into prepared pans. Bake cupcakes in preheated 350 degrees F oven 12-15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Submitted by: Maker of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products
Nutrition Info (per serving) Calories 170 | Calories from Fat 80 | Protein 4g | Fat 9g (sat 5g) | Carbohydrate 19g | Fiber 0g | Cholesterol 55mg | Sodium 150mg | Sugar 5g©2008 Splenda
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