Recipe: Yes You Can Chocolate Cupcakes

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It’s hard not to love a chocolate cupcake, but lots of times they’re loaded with preservatives and artificial additives. Not these! We use a box of Immaculate chocolate cake mix with all natural ingredients plus a can of pumpkin to keep these chocolate cupcakes moist and delicious without adding a ton of calories. And you can’t even detect any pumpkin when you eat them! Pumpkin is extremely high in antioxidants and beta-carotene, which can help regenerate cells in the body making pumpkin a tasty and effective “anti-aging” food. It’s smooth consistency helps keep these cupcakes moist without any added oil. Tested by my entire family these cupcakes area a winner and everyone will love them!


Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 24 serving(s)


  • 1 box Immaculate chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (16-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Optional Buttercream
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 5 ounces 70% (or higher) dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • OR
  • Coconut butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with 24 cupcake liners.
  2. In an electric mixer, beat chocolate cake mix, pumpkin, egg whites, and 1/2 cup water for 2 minutes to create a smooth batter.
  3. Pour batter into the prepared cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 of the way full.
  4. Bake 20-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out mostly clean.
  5. While the cupcakes are baking, melt butter and dark chocolate together in a small saucepan until smooth, stirring constantly. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate 20-30 minutes.
  6. Once cooled, remove chocolate and whip with a hand held mixer for 2-3 minutes until fluffy. Lather buttercream over cooled cupcakes.
  7. Alternatively, for a lower calorie/lower fat frosting, scoop a few tablespoons of coconut butter from the center of the jar. Warm in the microwave for a few seconds and drizzle over cupcakes.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving Size: 1 cupcake

Calories: 175

Protein: 4 gram(s)

Fat: 6 gram(s)

Carbohydrates: 25 gram(s)

Fiber: 2 gram(s)

Sugar: 14 gram(s)

Recipe Cuisine: American

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on February 13, 2020 at 10:33 PM Reply

Where do you buy Immaculate mix? I have checked Lunds/Byerlys, Kowalskis, Cub, Target and Valley Natural Foods. The link to Amazon is a different brand name. Thanks!

    on April 13, 2020 at 2:43 PM Reply

    Hi Cindy! Huh - I used to be able to get it at most grocery stores but you're right, it looks like it might be harder to find now. Although, I think I did see it available on Instacart. Another brand you could use is Annie's if you're looking for a more natural cake mix brand.

on November 21, 2016 at 8:04 AM Reply

If you can't find immaculate mix, can you use ANY boxed mix?

    on November 21, 2016 at 9:35 AM Reply

    Hi Debi, yes you can use whatever box mix you like. We just like Immaculate mixes as they are free from artificial flavors, preservatives and hydrogenated oils!

on August 16, 2015 at 12:38 AM Reply

What about just cake mix & pumpkin? I do that with a spice cake mix. Just cake mix & pumpkin...yum!## And no more added sugar

    on November 21, 2016 at 8:06 AM Reply

    Do you still bake at box temp. for the time given for cupcakes?

    on August 17, 2015 at 10:08 AM Reply

    That would work! We have two ingredient muffins that are similar!

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