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Polka Dot Cupcakes

Polka Dot Cupcakes

A creamy center and a cute polka dot top let you skip the frosting on these cupcakes.

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60 min
Prep Time
1 hr 25 min
Total Time



4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg (yolk only)

1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest


2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (whites only)

2 teaspoons vanilla

2/3 cup milk

Paste food color, as desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Reserve 1/2 cup batter; place into bowl. Tint with paste food colors, as desired. Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 350ºF. Line 12 muffin pans cups with paper baking cups; set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine all filling ingredients in bowl; beat until well mixed. Set aside.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl; set aside.

  5. STEP 5

    Place 1 cup sugar and butter in bowl; beat until creamy. Add egg whites and vanilla; beat until well mixed. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating at low speed after each addition, just until mixed.

  6. STEP 6

    Spoon 1 tablespoon untinted batter into each baking cup, spreading evenly. Top each with 1 tablespoon filling and 3 tablespoons untinted batter. Smooth tops.

  7. STEP 7

    Place tinted batter into resealable plastic food bag or pastry bag fitted with round 1/4-inch tip; snip one small corner from bag. Pipe 1/4-inch polka dots onto cupcake batter.

  8. STEP 8

    Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs and cupcake is light golden brown. Cool completely.

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Nutrition (1 cupcake)

280 Calories
12 Fat (g)
45 Cholesterol (mg)
340 Sodium (mg)
38 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
4 Protein (g)
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