Skinny Cherry Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

Skinny Cherry Cupcakes with Cool Whip frosting: treat yourself to these healthier cupcakes this #Valentine's Day #cupcakes

I am not a big “skinny” dessert fan. If I’m going to eat dessert, I prefer it to be quite satisfying. And usually, skinny desserts leave me wanting more.

But not this time. Although, really, I’m not sure how YOU qualify a dessert as skinny. So we will call these skinny-ish, or skinnier cupcakes.

For the cupcakes, I combined one box of yellow cake mix with 1 can of cherry pie filling and 2 eggs. Better than oil, right?

And for the frosting I used a box of sugar free vanilla pudding mix with fat free Cool Whip and skim milk. Totally skinny stuff right there. (since I normally use butter, powdered sugar and cream cheese, we’re talking total diet food here).

I topped each one with a little chocolate heart, enough to satisfy that chocolate craving you might have. And eating this out of the refrigerator? Nice and cold? Yeah, I was not left wanting more.

Skinny Cherry Cupcakes with Cool Whip frosting: treat yourself to these healthier cupcakes this #Valentine's Day #cupcakes

So if you’re looking for a skinnier dessert recipe this New Year, give these cupcakes a try! I used Lucky Leaf Cherry pie filling, but feel free to try another flavor if you choose! Or Chocolate pudding mix for the frosting. Lots of options!

Want more SKINNY-ish recipes? Here are a few of my favorites….

 Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes: 2 ingredient cupcakes with a “lighter” frosting! Perfect if you are craving dessert, but not wanting to ruin your diet!

Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes

Chocolate Banana Eggrolls: need to satisfy a chocolate craving without crashing over the deep end? Try these. PLEASE

Chocolate Banana Eggrolls

Looking for some healthy dinner options? Here’s a few of my favorites:

Spicy Grilled Fish with Citrus Slaw: perfectly seasoned and grilled tilapia recipe served with a tangy citrus slaw!

Spicy Grilled Fish with Citrus Slaw

Skinnier Beef Enchiladas: slow cooker shredded beef enchiladas. As good as it sounds. And easy too!

Skinny beef enchiladas

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers: a healthy twist to a classic dinner!

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers

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Skinny Cherry Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 box (15.25oz) yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (21oz) Cherry Pie Filling

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 box (3.5oz) instant vanilla pudding 8oz Fat Free Cool Whip sprinkles 1/4 cup chocolate candy coating, melted


  1. Melt chocolate candy coating in microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and add an additional 30 seconds if necessary. Pour into a ziploc sandwich bag, snip off corner, and pipe hearts onto a piece of parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix with eggs and cherry pie filling. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the milk with vanilla pudding for 2 minutes. Fold in Cool Whip and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Spread on cooled cupcakes and add sprinkles. Top each cupcake with a chocolate heart. ENJOY

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45 comments on “Skinny Cherry Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day”

  1. OHHHH I love everything about these. A little less guilt when eating cake is always a plus!

  2. What a good idea! I want to try with strawberry pie filling!

  3. I love your “skinny” desserts, every little bit helps. I can’t wait to try this, I’ve never thought to bake pie filling into a cake before, yum!

  4. I have never been one to jump on the “skinny” dessert bandwagon, but then I made 2 desserts that actually tasted just as good as the real thing. I love your thinking on how this is a skinny dessert…you crack me up!!! Great idea to sub out the oil for pie filling. And that pudding frosting is one of my favorite cupcake fillings! YUM!!!!

  5. yeah I’m sort of with you on the “if I’m having dessert I’m already committing to being unhealthy so why make it healthy” – but these cupcakes look adorable! And easy. Which is a serious plus. I’m not a big cherry fan but my mom who is on a diet and LOVES cherries will die of excitement when I send this over to her 😀

  6. I’m with you on the “skinny” desserts – they should normally be full fat and full flavor. But yes, sometimes we should try a skinnier version to see how they stack up (or not). Your cherry cupcakes sound like they would be wonderful!

  7. I agree with you on not loving “skinny” desserts, but this sounds so good. I love how you used the pie filling instead of oil…I’ll definitely be trying that! And the chocolate hearts are so cute!

  8. So clever and I love cherries so these are the perfect guilt free dessert!

  9. These are totally adorable and too boot skinny! These would be adorable for Valentines day!

  10. I’m a huge fan of skinny desserts! Maybe because I’m used to eating them, I think they are delicious. But I definitely know what you mean about wanting the real thing. When I’m having a serious craving, I go for the full of fat and calories dessert. These skinny-ish cupcakes look amazing. Definitely up my alley. 🙂

  11. These are darling…love the pie filling mix in here. I could cherry pie filling with a spoon!

  12. I’ve been all about the skinny stuff on my blog all month long – even desserts! I only like skinny desserts if they don’t taste skinny. They have to be totally sneaky for me to love them. Can you really go wrong with chocolate, pudding and pie filling?? 🙂

  13. It’s totally skinny. I mean, as long as I can cut out enough calories so I can eat two, we’re all good. These are really pretty!

  14. Nothing wrong with skimming a few extra calorie’s off your dessert! And besides these look downright delicious.

  15. I’m like you, if I am going eat dessert, I’m going to go all out! I usually avoid skinny desserts, but since this is “skinny-ish”, then I’ll dig right in! Love the chocolate heart.

  16. Ha! I’m the same way about desserts except when I’m training for a race. Then I like to keep things a bit healthier. 🙂 I love the sounds and looks of these Aimee and I can’t believe the cupcakes are only cake mix and cherry pie filling and eggs?? And with these, I can eat more than one. I love cherries!

  17. For me I love the skinner desserts! Not because of the calories, well kind of, because I can’t eat just one of anything! lol Your cupcakes are simply adorable and look so good! Perfect for V-day!

  18. Now those are some super lovely cupcakes! Absolutely perfect for valentine’s day.

  19. All of your cupcakes look so delicious. I just found your blog. Your recipes and pictures are wonderful. I look forward to following you. Blessings, Diane Roark

  20. These are so pretty! Not totally “skinny,” but who cares because I’m sure they’re delicious!!

  21. The cupcakes are so adorable with the little chocolate hearts on top! I made decorations similar to that a couple years ago for chocolate mint cupcakes. Thanks for all the other “skinny” dessert ideas, too!

  22. This sounds like such a delicious idea for skinnier cupcakes. In fall I mixed pumpkin puree with a cake mix and it was one of the best (though low fat) cakes I ever had 🙂

  23. Love how you topped the cupcakes with chocolate hearts!

  24. Chocolate banana eggrolls looks so good! Great pictures.

  25. these would not be “skinny” for me. I don’t think I could stop at just 1!

  26. i’m so intrigued by that cherry pie filling addition. Gotta try it!

    • I do this often! I actually have a stoneware bundt pan (from pampered chef) and I make cakes in the microwave: 1 box mix, 1 can pie filling, 3 eggs: microwave 12 minutes. I wish everyone had a stoneware bundt pan, haha. But since they don’t I had to make it in the oven…still comes out fantastic (in cupcake form)!! And you can substitute any flavor combo you like. One of my favorites is Lemon cake with lemon pie filling!

  27. I LOVE to make these. I made some yesterday and have already received an order from a friend for two dozen of these badboys. Try these substitutions-
    instead of the vanilla pudding use french vanilla, and I also found that the “dark sweet“cherry pie filling(Comstock is the brand I like to use) is alot better to make cake with. It’s sweeter
    And with chocolate sprinkles on top they’re really cute

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  29. Have you tried the cherry cupcakes with another flavor of cake mix? I was thinking chocolate with chocolate pudding? or White cake with either chocolate or vanilla pudding?

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