Chocolate Cupcakes with Homemade Raspberry Icing

Amy Clevenger

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 1 minute

There’s a time to splurge—and there are times when you just want chocolate without having to worry about damage control (is that really too much to ask?). These cupcakes give you the best of both worlds: rich, indulgent chocolatly flavor and a dessert that’s easy on your conscience (and your waistline!). Without the icing, the cake is actually vegan. Top it off with frosting made from low-fat and natural ingredients (no food coloring required), and guilt will be the last thing on your mind.

Chocolate Cupcakes With Homemade Raspberry Icing

Chocolate Cake Bars with Homemade Raspberry Icing

Makes 20 cake bars


Chocolate Cake
3 Tbsp. cacao powder
2 cups oat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp. honey
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup mini chocolate chips 

Raspberry Icing
¼ cup powdered sugar substitute
1-2 Tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
¼ cup low-fat cottage cheese
8 oz. low-fat cream cheese (room temperature)
¾ cup raspberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9”x13” baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine all cake dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, combine cake wet ingredients and use hand mixer to blend until well combined. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into baking dish; bake cake for 20 minutes.
  5. To make frosting, combine all ingredients in bowl and mix until smooth. Frost bars.

(Note: Refrigerate bars if storing. )


Amy Clevenger

Amy Clevenger is a Los Angeles-based food blogger. In 2013, she started her popular Instagram account @FantasticallyFit to help keep her accountable in her journey to better health. Clevenger’s brand has since expanded to include and the popular e-recipe book series, Healthy Eats. Clevenger’s passion for healthy eating and cooking began while she was pursuing her master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Cal Lutheran University. Her work with families helped her to realize that living a healthy, happy life starts in the kitchen. She believes clean eating doesn’t have to mean giving up on great taste. Today, Clevenger is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Los Angeles with her three cats, Kailani, Confettu and Harley.