Calories in a Cupcake: Best Low Calorie Cupcakes

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Last Updated on February 13, 2023

If you enjoy cupcakes, you may be wondering: how many calories in a cupcake? Let’s take a closer look. The calories on a cupcake all depend on what else is on the cake. A cupcake with buttercream frosting has about 300-350 calories.

Read more in detail here: how many calories are in a homemade cupcake with icing?

Vanilla Cupcake Calories With Frosting

If you’re wondering how many calories are in a vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream, then look no further. A standard-sized vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting contains around 220 calories. As well as this, it usually contains around 8g of fat, 200mg of sodium, 35g of carbohydrates, 27g of sugar, 0g of fiber, and 2g of protein.

Calories in Homemade Cupcake

If you make your cupcakes from scratch at home, you may be curious as to how many calories you’ll be consuming. Each standard-sized homemade vanilla cupcake (with no frosting) contains around 175 calories. As well as this, it contains around 6.4g of fat, 93mg of sodium, 25g of carbohydrate, 16g of sugar, 2g of protein, and 0.4g of protein.

Bakery Cupcake Calories

If you buy your cupcakes from a bakery, it all depends on the size and toppings as to how many calories they’ll contain. However, a standard cupcake with simple toppings will contain around 250 calories. As well as this, it contains around 10g of fat, 160mg of sodium, 35g of carbohydrates, 26g of sugar, 1g of protein, and 0g of dietary fiber.

It’s worth mentioning that all of the calories above are guesstimates. The calories will vary from cupcake to cupcake. Toppings, size, and even flavors can dramatically change the calories in a cupcake.

Are Cupcakes Healthy?

Unfortunately, cupcakes are not healthy. While they are delicious, they are full of saturated fat (which is the worst type of fat) and also added sugar. Added sugar is anything that isn’t fructose (the sugar found in fruit) or lactose (the sugar found in milk).

vanilla cupcake calories

What Makes a Cupcake Bad For You?

Cupcakes are typically bad because of their added sugar and saturated fat content. However, there are easy ways to swap out ingredients and make cupcakes healthier.

Low-Calorie Cupcake Recipe

It’s super easy to make low-calorie cupcakes. Let’s take a closer look. For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of granulated sweetener
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of healthy frosting (such as cream cheese frosting made with yogurt)

Now all you need to do is:

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Gather the ingredients you need and preheat the oven to 350F. You’ll also need to line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Step 2: Mix

Grab a mixing bowl and add the following ingredients: flour, sweetener, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well and then gradually add the wet ingredients to the mixture (besides the frosting).

Step 3: Bake

Once you have a batter, pour the batter into your prepared cake liners and place them in the center of your preheated oven. Bake for around 15-20 minutes.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Remove the cupcakes from the oven and leave them to cool. Once cool, pipe with healthy frosting. Serve and enjoy!


I hope this post has helped to answer the question: how many calories are in a cupcake? And give you an idea of how to make your low-calorie cupcakes from the comfort of your home. It’s very easy to do – all you need to do is swap out some ingredients for healthier alternatives. Do you have any tips and tricks when it comes to making healthier cupcakes? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. And remember, sharing is caring!

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