Low Fat Habanero Carrot Cake Cupcakes

This spicy Low Fat Habanero Carrot Cake is super yummy, super spicy, and super easy to make. We don’t make a lot of desserts but when we do its gonna be spicy!!! This cake was made with a box cake mix just because it’s easy. Hey, I know a made from scratch cake is super good but who the heck has the time!!!

The reason this is a low fat carrot cake is we did not add any oil. That’s right, we followed the recipe on the box and replaced the oil with non-sweetened applesauce. There’s no difference in the flavor or consistency of this low fat carrot cake.

Why Habanero Cupcakes?

We made this spicy low fat carrot cake as cupcakes. Why make them as cupcakes? Well, by making cupcakes we can easily control our calorie intake. If I make a cake, each piece is going to be a different size depending on how I cut it, and I can easily cut myself off a giant piece without even thinking twice. However, when you have cupcakes you know exactly how much you’re eating….and the cupcake wrappers remind you of how many you’ve had ! Plus, Amy no longer lets me make a cake! She has some sort of theory that my piece of cake is larger than hers. I mean, the last time we had cake I did put her piece on a small saucer and my piece was on a dinner plate. Ok, so I guess my piece might have been a little bigger!!!

How to make Low Fat Habanero Carrot Cake

Place the Carrot Cake mix in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and water according to package instructions. Instead of oil add 2/3 cup of applesauce. Use the same amount of applesauce as you would oil. So, if the box calls for 2/3 of a cup of oil…just use 2/3 cup applesauce and leave the oil out.

Now for the fun part, chop a habanero pepper or Caribbean red hot pepper and stir into the cake mix.

Stir the carrot cake mix all together with the pepper. Pour the batter into a baking pan or cupcake holders and bake according to the package directions.

Frost the Habanero Carrot Cake cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese frosting is really good on these low fat spicy carrot cakes and adds a cooling effect for some of the spice in the cupcakes.

We took one of my grandmothers recipes for Banana Cream Pie and spiced it up. So if you’re into spicy desserts check out this Banana Cream Pie recipe. And if you aren’t into spicy food, this pie is still super good, just leave out the peppers.

Low Fat Habanero Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Habanero amps up the warm cinnamon spice in these Low Fat Habanero Carrot Cake Cupcakes while cream cheese frosting complements and cools the heat.


Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake, Carrot, Cupcake, Habanero
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24 Cupcakes
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Belly Laugh Living


1 Box Carrot Cake Mix

2/3 Cup Applesauce The applesauce is a substitute for the oil. Use the amounts on the box, but replace the oil amount for applesauce.

3 Eggs Use the number of eggs suggested on the box of carrot cake mix. Box recipes can vary.

1 Habanero Chopped


Preheat oven according to the directions on the box mix. Mix together the Carrot Cake mix, Applesauce, Eggs, Water (use the ingredient amount on the box. Replace the oil with equal parts applesauce.) DO NOT add Oil!
Chop the Habanero.
Add the chopped habanero to the cake mixture
Mix together completely (according to the direction on the box)
Pour the cake mixture into a cake pan or cupcake tins. Bake according to the directions on the box
The cupcakes are done when you can place a toothpick in the center of them and nothing is on the toothpick when you pull it out. Let the cupcakes cool for 10 minutes or so before frosting
Frost with cream cheese frosting. We used a Whipped Cream Cheese.


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
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