Cakes and diets are two words that you wouldn't normally put together, so it came as a pleasant surprise to find a box of Mini Lemon Cupcake Mix in my last WeightWatchers hamper. Even better was that, on closer inspection, they only count for one single ProPoint each ! The contents of the pack are exactly the same as the kids' baking kits we sometimes buy - you get a sachet of cake mix, a sachet of icing mix and some cupcake cases. All you need to add is a bit of water.
Juliette is an old hand at these kinds of kits so she wanted to help and set to work, laying out the cases in a bun tin. The packaging calls them "Mini Lemon Cupcakes" and they certainly are smaller than normal cupcakes, which explains the amazingly low number of ProPoints.
The instructions call for two tablespoons of water but I found this to be slightly insufficient so I added a bit more, otherwise the mix remained too dry and lumpy.
Juliette said : "There's not much mix, is there?"! There's probably about half of what you get in one of the normal kiddie kits.
We just about managed to get enough to fill the twelve mini cupcake cases.
After eight minutes in a preheated oven, they were ready to come out.
The icing mix just needs a bit of water to be made into a smooth paste. Juliette did the honours and drizzled it over the cakes. I thought there was way too much icing mix. We generously drizzled ours over the cakes and still only managed to use about half of it. (Juliette, who is not on a diet, ate the rest by dunking Rich Tea biscuits in it !)
Here are the finished cupcakes. They're very cute and each one is about one mouthful. That's not much in terms of quantity, but they are incredibly sweet so that's actually enough to satisfy any sugar-cravings you may have. I have to say I think the proportions are out though. I would think the icing (which is all icing sugar) is the highest calorie part and there is way too much of this. (Icing sugar is the first ingredient on the list in fact.) I'd rather have a bit more cake mix and less icing mix. They're very tasty though, especially for one ProPoint each, and they're really quick and simple to make so they're handy if you need a quick cake fix (or cakes to offer guests) and don't have any in the cupboard.
For those not on the ProPoint plan, each cake contains 55 calories, 7.2g of sugar and 0.4g of fat.
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £1.89 for 175g
for more information : http://www.weightwatchersfoods.co.uk/products/desserts/home-baking/mini-lemon-cupcake-mix.html
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