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Sweet Nutrition: Protein Frosting Makes Protein Cupcakes

Sweet Nutrition: Protein Frosting Makes Protein Cupcakes

You know what's great? A protein muffin. Know what's even better? A protein cupcake! The proof is in the frosting. Learn how to make it here.

The secret behind turning a delicious protein muffin into an even more delicious protein cupcake is using protein frosting. It's that easy, and I'll show you how!

Of course, some people might tell you it's not that simple. They might say that the difference between a muffin and a cupcake lies in the ingredients. A cupcake, these doubters could say, is more like a cake. It contains more sugar, egg, and fat than a muffin.

These naysayers may mention that cupcakes and muffins are made differently. Cupcakes call for a "creaming" method, whereby the eggs and the butter are fluffed prior to being integrated into the rest of the batter.

That's all complicated bakery stuff. Let's be honest, most people differentiate between muffins and cupcakes by the frosting. No frosting? Muffin. Frosting? Cupcake. End of story.

Frosting Fun

The typical ingredients in protein frosting are protein powder—such as casein, whey, or even a veggie protein powder—plus a "creaming agent" like Greek yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, or Quark, and a bit of milk.

Although protein frosting is absolutely sublime on protein muffins, you're not limited to just turning muffins into cupcakes. You can use protein frosting to add an element of creaminess and extra flavor to protein pancakes, protein cakes, or even fruit.

If you want to start transforming protein muffins into cupcakes, here's a recipe to get you started. If you'd like more ideas, see my previous article. Happy frosting!

Orange and Vanilla Protein Cupcakes

Muffin Ingredients
Directions for Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 360 degrees F (180 C).
  2. Blend all of the above ingredients together.
  3. Pour batter into six muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
  5. Once done, remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool.

Frosting Ingredients
Directions for Frosting
  1. In a bowl, stir together protein powder and yogurt.
  2. Stir in one tablespoon of milk at a time until you get a frosting-like mixture. It should be creamy and not overly runny. Feel free to add more casein if you want thicker frosting, or more yogurt if you want it creamier.
  3. When casein mixture is ready, use it to frost your cooled muffins! You can use a knife, or put the frosting in a Ziploc bag, cut off a corner, and squeeze the frosting onto your cupcakes. If you have a piping nozzle, you can use that as well!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Per Muffin
Amount per serving
Calories 150
Total Fat3g
Total Carbs10g
Protein21g
Fiber3g

Orange and Vanilla Protein Cupcakes PDF (170 KB)

Notes
  1. If you want to use whey instead of casein, use 1/4 cup of whey and ditch the milk—you won't need it.
  2. Once frosted, store the cupcakes in the fridge. You'll notice as the casein cools, it hardens and creates a creamy shell of deliciousness!

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Anna's passion for exercise and nutrition inspired her to create proteinpow.com while she was still in the last year of her Ph.D. program.

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esp_emg81

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You're AWESOME! Have you ever used chocolate casein in the place of vanilla?

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AnnaSward

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Certainly! All flavors work, even strawberry ;-)

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esp_emg81

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Oh yeah, What size of muffin tin did you use to follow up with the Nutrition Facts?

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Cant wait to try this!! Looks and sounds awesome!

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can i use whole eggs instead of just egg whites?

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AnnaSward

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Yes ma'm, just use one or two less egg whites if you do :-)

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I really like this idea.

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Wood PIITMouth/10

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Awesome/10

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So fired up to try this!!! Sounds awesome.... 21g protein!!! what what!!!

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juniorflyhalf

Is there something I could substitute the pumpkin or sweet potato with, I cant stand either one. Thanks

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tmacklem

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tmacklem

What about pureed carrot?

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HotStrawberry

I used pumpkin puree with vanilla protein powder, vanilla and orange extracts and I don't taste the pumpkin at all.

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Another magnificent article from Anna as she continues to spread the joy of cooking with protein powder :)
Everyone should try her recipes. You will never view protein powder in the same way again!

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Chef Bob, where you at?? I know he has some recipe's! lol

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Chef bob knows how to do it right!! Anna sward ans him should team up. Food bomb!

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These look crazy good, can't wait to try em out

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I'm excited to try the frosting. I've been experimenting trying to create a cream cheese frosting. Will try using casein protein. Thanks for sharing!

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kyleD12345

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And the PDF is awesome, so easy to print, thanks!

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I'd probably end up eating 10, which would defeat the object of making them

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mother of god. think ill go home and make my raspberry/pecan protein pancakes with a little cookies and cream protein icing. hnnnnggg

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Sweet Recipe!

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That's one thing I'm really missing while in training, and that is desert! Thanks for the great recipe, it really satisfies my sweet tooth.

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Looks good!

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If I want to use cottage cheese and whey for the frosting, how should I do? Can I use whey in the muffin too, instead of brown rice protein or casein?

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