Sounds like an oxymoron, but apparently it’s not! In reading through Shape.com, I found this delicious, clean eating recipe for pumpkin cupcakes with chocolate pumpkin frosting! It originally came from a new food blog obsession of mine, The Gracious Pantry. I immediately pinned it for later, saving it for the right occasion. Which turned out to be OSCAR NIGHT! I don’t watch award shows – I know this makes me a freak of nature – but it still felt appropriate to celebrate. We rented “Midnight in Paris” and I got to work on dessert.
The recipe calls for whole wheat pastry flour, which I was unable to find, but I simply combined all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour, sifted them together and I don’t think the end result suffered at all. The frosting is amazing, and contains NO sugar. It’s applesauce, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and that’s about it! I loved the dark chocolate bittersweetness to it.
Add a few colorful sprinkles for festivity (Dan picked them out) and you’re good to go.
The one thing I will say is that at a first tate, these are SO moist and delicious, but if you leave them around for a few days (please don’t do that!), they can get a little dry.
Now to try more recipes from Gracious Pantry.