With Springtime just around the corner, I wanted to do something special over the weekend and bake cupcakes. Not just any cupcakes though…I wanted them to be related to the upcoming season. I also wanted them to be healthier than what I normally bake. With diabetes and other serious diseases on the rise, it’s time to start preparing healthier meals, snacks and desserts.
Luckily, my local Walmart #1458 in Fort Oglethorpe, GA stocks Equal Sucralose canisters. I ended up going to another Walmart though (#301 in Gadsden, AL) because my Walmart was sold out. I guess that means this stuff is really good! You can check to see if Equal Sucralose is carried at a Walmart near you by clicking here.
This sugar alternative can be compared to Splenda, but it actually offers more benefits. For one, it’s cheaper…at both Walmart stores I went to, the Equal Sucralose was $0.50 cheaper.
Equal Sucralose is sold in a canister, rather than a messy bag like what they package Splenda in. It’s easier to pour the sweetener or scoop it out of the canister than it is a bag…as a former buyer of Splenda, I know! Plus, canisters are smaller and easier to store than bags.
The recipe that I used my canister of Equal Sucralose for was called Flower Power Cupcakes.
I simply made the cupcakes from a family recipe, but substituted the cup of sugar with a cup of Equal Sucralose. It worked just the same as regular sugar. It mixed up easy and didn’t alter the taste. See how easy?!
Flower Power Cupcakes
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup Equal Sucralose
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup cold milk
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, cream the Equal Sucralose and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla and stir.
Mix the two bowls together by pouring the dry ingredients into the second bowl.
Bake for 16-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 12 cupcakes.
For the Topping/Decoration
1/2 jar of white frosting
Add 10-12 drops of food coloring to the white frosting and stir thoroughly. I used green food dye for my cupcakes.
Lay a marshmallow on its side and gently flatten it a bit. Cut the marshmallow into thirds with kitchen shears to make the petals of the flowers.
Frost the cupcakes. Add a jelly bean in the center. Position 6 “petals” around the jelly bean to create the flower.
To get the full story from the purchase of #EqualSucralose to making the cupcakes, you can check out my photo story on Google+.
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias