Friday, October 16, 2009



This is what I did for Samantha's 21st birthday last year, at her request. It is a birthday cake made from Pumpkin Muffins. Yes, those delicious looking "cupcakes" are actually almost fat free and quite delish. I found the recipe years ago and it quickly become Samantha's favorite. (and the rest of the family's as well.)

I thought I would share this recipe for a low fat delicious goody. (And an easy way to get veggies into your kids!) Around Thanksgiving it the perfect time to stock up on canned pumpkin on sale.

You can frost them, but then they are not quite so low fat. LOL!

Pumpkin Muffins

1 cake mix, any flavor. (Chocolate is the best. Spice is good, too.)
1 can of pumpkin puree
2/3 cup water

Mix all ingredients together and put into sprayed muffin tins. Batter is thick, so I use an ice cream scoop. DO NOT use liners as these muffins will stick to them. (Don’t ask me how I know.)

Bake at 350ยบ for 25 – 30 minutes. Baking time varies by oven. Muffins are done when you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. Allow them to cool in the pan for a few minutes.

These muffins are really low fat as no oil or eggs are used. I have not figured out nutrition information, as it will vary depending on the cake mix you use. I have also made this as a cake....for another of Sam's birthdays.

HINT: you must let these cool a bit before you take them out of the pan. If you take one out warm and happen to drop it, it splats and becomes a little pile of yumminess. Yes, okay, I have dropped one or two. Fortunately, I dropped them on a plate, so they were not lost. (You don't have to drop one far for it to splat. They are SUPER moist.)



Pam said...

Those look yummy! I am in need of some more low calorie dishes that taste good. I have been cooking too many delicious fattening dishes
lately. I am afraid that soon my wardrobe will be feeling the pinch.

Frances said...

Pam, these ARE delicious and the whole family will love them. They are really good with a spice cake mix, too, for those not into chocolate. I know, crazy, but some people aren't. LOL!

Joops said...

Wow that looks sumptuous! Is there some left O's hehehe..

By the way, I am trying to generate some support for our daughter. I entered her into a Smile Contest, so if you could please vote for her (just once), the contest runs until October 31st. Your vote would be so much appreciated.

To cast your vote, please go to this link. Please look for Jillian Rylie Cottrill.

Thank you very much for your help!

Frances said...

Hi, Joops. Thanks for stopping by! No leftovers....ever. LOL! Sorry!

I voted for Jillian. She is adorable!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful fall treat! I will have to give this one a try!

Frances said...

SonyaAnn, I think you all will love them. And how can you beat practically fat free chocolate cake that actually tastes good?!

Anonymous said...

I'm back on my diet so these will be a must have. The vacation added 4lbs to me but it was a fun and tasty 4lbs!

Frances said...

These are a definite must have for your diet. You can actually calculate the nutrition value if you want. I never have care to. But it's just cake mix and canned pumpkin. Add and divide by number of servings. Easy, breezy.

(Oh, and you might want to leave the frosting off for dieting purposes. Fortunately, they are delish without it.)