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Above, a single lady with Reeses Pieces Chocolate Frosting.

Single Lady Cupcake

(makes a single serving cupcake)

  • 3 tbsp flour (30g) (See directions for flour notes)
  • heaping 1/16th tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp applesauce, oil, pre-melted margarine (such as Earth Balance or Smart Balance Light), or a combination
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp liquid (milk of choice or water)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Sweetener (I hate giving specific amounts, since tastebuds are so different. For normal tastebuds, 1 to 1 and 1/2 tbsp of sugar, or 1 to 1 1/2 packets of stevia should be about right. If you use liquid sweetener, cut back a tiny bit on the other liquid.)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 330 degrees. Mix the ingredients and pour into an oiled (or sprayed) muffin pan. Smooth top of batter. Cook for 12-15ish minutes. Alternatively, you can cook in the microwave, in a greased mug or ramekin. (Microwave times will vary, depending on the flour you use and the strength of your microwave.

Notes on flour: If you use whole-wheat pastry or spelt flour for cupcakes, you’ll get a denser (more muffin-like) cake. Still delicious! White flour and Bob’s gluten-free also work. I wouldn’t recommend plain whole-wheat flour. (Also, be warned if you’ve never done fat-free baking: subbing all the oil in a recipe for applesauce will give you a gummier result. Once again, still delicious, but much denser than your traditional cupcake with oil.)

Nutrition Info:

  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • ww points (new system): 3

(Add 100 calories if you use the tbsp of oil as opposed to the applesauce version.)

Above, with cinnamon and my Healthy Cream Cheese Frosting.

So basically, the cupcake became a Cinnamon Roll Cupcake. I have many more ideas for future cupcakes. It’s really fun dealing with one at a time. They’re so quick to make that you can measure ingredients in separate bowls and add different mix-ins to each bowl. One chocolate-chip cupcake, one pumpkin, one carrot cake… you get the idea.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. spoonfulofsugarfree says:

    Oooo cinnamon rolls!!! I made a cupcake business once…I named it Cutie Cakes by Alex. They were actually vegan cupcakes, too!! I never tried one, though, because they all had sugar in them!!! I was told they were extremely yummy, though 😉

    1. Aww I would’ve bought one! Or two… or three ;).

      1. spoonfulofsugarfree says:

        Haha! Well if you ever decide to make your own cupcake business, I have a business card you can use! I designed it with the help of my mom (she’s a graphic designer). All we’d have to do is change the name from Alex to Katie!

  2. Cindy says:

    i get plagued with negative thoughts…from time to time and I have found a good hearty RUN just turns my brain off (the need for oxygen is more important than the need to beat myself up over whatever I am stewing over at the time)



    just getting off my pity party!

    those cupcakes would do it!

    I’m a huge lemon poppyseed girl myself! OH OH but recently I had a S’MORE cupcake from a local bakery…that was INSANELY good

    1. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a lemon poppyseed cupcake/muffin. I’ve had the bread though, and it’s soooo good!

  3. lauravirginia says:

    Oh YUM! Get me out of class and into my kitchen to make that right now! 😉

  4. candicemccoy says:

    Brilliant! I am mildly obsessed with cupcakes right now. I’m definitely going to have to try this little recipe:)

    I usually just try to get busy doing something or go for a short walk outside if possible!

  5. Frances says:

    Generally, when I’m feeling awful, I get on my bike and pedal until I’m exhausted…that makes me feel like I’ve worked the bad thoughts out on the road, and by the time I’m home, I’ve accomplished some mileage and made myself too tired to worry anymore.

    I don’t like cupcakes! How weird is that? But traditional cake-y things were never interesting to me. Still, I DO like some muffins, and this seems more like that sort of thing. My favorite muffin ever is a sweet potato-almond muffin from a local cafe… YUM. Dreaming up my own? I’d make pumpkin, with a toasted pecan frosting on top.

    1. Yes, this is DEFINITELY more muffin-like if you use whole-wheat flour (or spelt flour)!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Seriously, Katie, you just made my day! I live by myself and so often I want to bake some kind of desert but who wants an entire pan of cupcakes. Well, I would want them, but whether I should eat them is another story. So, thanks!

    1. Aww, thank YOU for the sweet comment :).

  7. Maria says:

    My cupcake of flavour would have to be something with sweet and salty. Maybe chocolate and peanut butter? Or something more wild like toffee and marmite (its good) haha. Your personalised one look so cute! Defo gunna try this xxx

  8. Amy says:

    I distract myself from negative thoughts by doing things I enjoy and doing things that I am good at. I like to work out, go on walks, talk to friends, clean and/or organize my room (occasionally this does not make me happy), read food blogs, etc… Those are just a few…

    My personalized cupcake flavor would be chocolate hazelnut. I love that combo!

    Also I am very sympathetic to your boy situation because mine is also currently null.

  9. Baking is also how I deal with negative business. As long as I’m in the kitchen, my thoughts are happy. If I’m licking the bowl, I’m even happier. Love the idea of a single cupcake!

  10. Fi says:

    I find blogging, or surfing the net or music really good for staying away from negative thoughts 🙂
    I am really loving the idea of a baileys cupcake or bannoffee cupcake!! ive tried a guiness one before and it was deeelish!! 🙂

  11. Love the cuteness of your cupcakes Katie!
    Have you used whole wheat pastry flour? It gives baked goods a lighter texture than just whole wheat flour.

    1. Under the “flour notes” I talked about how I have used ww pastry flour with this recipe before and liked it. But I liked the spelt flour muffin even more.
      I love ww pastry flour :).

  12. Nichole says:

    You should definately start your own vegan cupcake business have you seen Cupcake Wars?

    1. I haven’t! Is it a Food Network show? I’ve seen Ace of Cakes once or twice :).

      1. Brenda Knott says:

        You’ve GOT to see Cupcake Wars! So many amazing ideas!

  13. kathleen says:

    i love your blog although, every time i see “baby making” my mind goes right to actual, you know, baby making. perhaps this is because i am pregnant or maybe my mind is always in the gutter…

    what about something like key-lime pie cupcakes?

    1. Thank you so much, Kathleen! And LOL at least you have an excuse… my mind goes to the gutter too, with the babies. Who can I blame it on? hehehe 🙂

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I. Love. You. CCK!! This is fantastical, especially for us single gals!! Yum!

    1. Girl, I love you right back!! 🙂
      You are SUCH a sweetheart!

  15. Emily says:

    Your cupcakes look delicious! You are so talented, Katie.
    I’m sorry that things w/ sports store hottie didn’t work out as planned. It’s always hard and disappointing when things like that happen, but you have a great attitude, and I think some other guy will come to sweep you off your feet in no time. 🙂

  16. Awesome! What a great idea! Perfect when I have a craving for baked goods but don’t want to be faced with a dozen cupcakes in my house!

  17. Such a great idea to just make ONE cupcake – but who reallly wants to do that? You have a lot of self control!!

    1. Ah, but that’s the beauty of it. You don’t have to stop at one! You can make 100… but all different flavors! 🙂

  18. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says:

    Sorry Sports Store Hottie didn’t work out, but it was for good reasons. At least he wasnt a total jerk or anything like that 😛

    I love that these cupcakes are for a single serving! That way there’s no dealing with leftovers when you just want one.

  19. Aly says:

    MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmm. 🙂 Although, I’m taken as of now, I still just want to make this cupcake. He’s not a vegan, so he probably won’t want much to do with it. I should also share this with my parents. My mom is getting into the whole vegan thing, which is such a blessing, and she’s starting to understand why I do it. 🙂 (She even tried some of my food!! Although it was just a cookie… SHE LOVED IT!)
    But, thankies for this wonderful cupcake recipe! I’m soo excited to make it, and not have to share any bit of it. ;D
    Lots of love,

  20. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    the cupcake looks good but the truth is that i only really eat cupcakes so that i can eat FROSTING!!! 🙂

    The frosting is where it’s AT for me! yours looks….like a pile of sweet amazing-ness! Oh how i want that right now!

    Neg thoughts…well, I am so busy that I just become busy with one of my other 98798 responsibilities and “busy myself” to the point that I don’t/can’t/try not to think about whatever is plaguing me. Hang in there hon 🙂

    1. Hahaha when I was a sophomore in college, my roommie liked to take containers of Pillsbury frosting and eat with a spoon. Can’t say I never joined her… 😉

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