Mickey Mouse Cupcakes – Guilt-Free

I love Disney, but since I can’t live at the most magical place on earth 365 days a year, I try to re-create Disney magic in my kitchen. I made these delicious Mickey Mouse cupcakes with all of the flavor, but half the fat and calories than an average cupcake.

The cupcake hiding under the cute mouse veneer is red velvet, a delicious blend of cocoa and vanilla. Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are one of my favorite desserts. In this recipe I replaced the butter with kefir, which is a drinkable yogurt. Kefir is filled with probiotic bacteria, which promotes a healthy gut, vitamins, minerals and protein. The thick texture of kefir makes it a perfect fat replacement.

This is just one of the many delicious and LOW-CALORIE, LOW-FAT cupcakes in my newest book, Guilt-Free Cupcakes: Indulge without the bulge. Consider buying my book, which is now available for purchase as an e-book, on the Kindle, Nook and iBooks. I’d love to hear what you think!

Red Velvet Cupcakes

•2 1/2 cups cake flour

•3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa

•1 tsp baking soda

•1 tsp baking powder

•1 1/2 cups sugar

•6 Tbsp butter

•1 1/2 tsp vinegar

•1 1/4 cups plain kefir

•2 eggs

•1 tsp salt

•1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

•2 Tbsp red food coloring

•Cream Cheese Frosting

•Two Oreo’s, two M&Ms, one peanut and licorice whips cut into strips



  • Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin tin with liners. Coat with nonfat cooking spray.
  • Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and mix.
  • Beat sugar and butter in an electric mixer until creamed. Add eggs, kefir and flour, mixing until combined. Add vinegar, vanilla and food coloring, beating well.
  • Spoon mixture into muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Cool completely and frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
  • Decorate with two Oreo’s for the ears, two M&Ms for the eyes, one peanut for the nose and six small strips of cut licorice whips for the whiskers.