Skinny Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes w/ The Sweet Prima Donna

It's Guest Post Friday!

Today I have the pleasure of introducing my new friend Brooke. Her healthy dessert blog (I know right? A dream come true!) The Sweet Prima Donna, is filled with the most appealing guilt free desserts you can think of.

P.S. I'm guest posting over at Brooke's blog today! Chocolate Chai Tea Bread!!!

A desire to bring moist, chocolaty, chewy, buttery, flaky desserts back into our kitchens with out the guilt trip. Or trip to a "specialty" bakery that charges out the ass for "healthy" pastries. You know what goes into your batter, and the results are spectacular. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Brooke, The Sweet Prima Donna.

 Hi Everyone!

I'm Brooke B. from The Sweet Prima Donna blog (!  The Sweet Prima Donna is a blog where you can find all your favorite desserts made skinny or healthy.  I want everyone to be able to indulge in dessert without feeling guilty because life is meant to be enjoyable (all the time in my opinion!).  I always say, "Life is short, eat dessert first."  Head on over to my blog and do just that! 

Cinnamon buns are a favorite in my house.  Unfortunately they aren't very health friendly, and are loaded with calories and sugar.  So if you are like me and don't want to take in a half a days worth of calories on a cinnamon bun, then these cupcakes are the answer to all your diet prayers.  At only 105 calories a piece, they are soft & buttery, with swirls of warm brown sugar & cinnamon, and topped with sweet vanilla glaze.  Obviously the texture is different than a cinnamon bun, but all the flavors are present.  My family & I can't keep our hands of these!  I made 24 yesterday, and there are now 5 on the counter… okay so I had some non- family taste testers, but you get the idea they went over very well and were a crowd pleaser to both my health conscious friends and my non-health conscious friends (guys), haha.

Grab some some coffee, sit down with one, or maybe even two cinnamon buns and eat up, enjoy!

Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes (skinny)

Recipe adapted from
Calories per cupcake- 105
Fat- 1.5g


1 box yellow butter cake (you can use regular yellow, but this makes it more buttery)
1/2 tsp butter extract
12 oz club water
2 egg whites

Cinnamon Swirl:
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Vanilla Icing:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp fat free milk (add more if needed to thin out)
Directions:  Mix.

1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line a 24 cupcake tray. 
2. Mix cake mix, butter extract, club water, and egg whites on low for 30 seconds, then turn to high and beat for 1 minute until the batter is smooth and fully combined.  
3. Mix cinnamon swirl ingredients together (brown sugar and cinnamon) and set aside.  
4. Place 1 tbsp of cake batter into each muffin liner, then take the cinnamon swirl mixture and sprinkle 1/2 tsp into each cupcake tin on top of cake mix.  Take a fork and swirl cinnamon mixture lightly into cake mix.  
5. Place another tbsp of batter on top, and top each cupcake with one more 1/2 tsp of cinnamon mixture, and swirl lightly.  
6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the tops spring back.  Let cool for 5 minutes in cupcake tray, then transfer to baking racks to cool completely.  
7. Once cooled completely drizzle each with glaze.
8. Lastly, eat them all up!

xox & sugar from the kitchen,
Brooke B.


  1. Yum! Love a healthy alternative to a sweet fave :)

  2. Wonderful guest post!! Those cupcakes look great. :)


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