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Saturday. Bright and early Saturday. She hopped out of bed and, with a huge smile on her face, she screamed, “I’m ready for small CAKES!”.

On Friday night I told Ana that in the morning she and I would make cupcakes while the baby took a nap. Well, things don’t always go as planned. Try explaining that to a toddler.

There’s a Macedonian saying… If you can’t deliver, don’t make a promise to a young child or to an elderly.

It’s not that I couldn’t deliver, but the little one just didn’t want to take that 9 a.m. nap. Growth spurt, maybe? Dunno. But, needless to say, we struggled for a while; Ana cried and screamed, while Aleksandra just stared at her with a big smile on her face. Finally, around 11 a.m. Aleksandra fell asleep.

I let Ana “help” me in the kitchen quite often. She bangs the pans together, she stirs my mixes (flour all over the counter), and she sings into the wooden spoons. Lovely kid.

But this day was different. In preparation for her first day of preschool, that would be tomorrow, I have been giving into every one of her demands. Guilt took over me. Ugh… I even gave her the jar of Nutella. And a spoon.

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See this photo above? This is how she made cupcakes… She ate Nutella and watched! “My hands are busy”, she told me. “You make, I watch”.

…Until the frosting part… Aye aye aye… Notice the perfect cupcakes. icon wink Anas Yogurt Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

So before I lose you, let me tell you one more thing, and then I’ll talk about the actual cupcakes.

After we made the cupcakes, she insisted on me photographing them and putting them on “Faithbook“. (hehehe) Okay, I said, no problem…what’s the big deal. Well, the big deal came when she saw people’s comments under her, “pitchkur”. She loved it so much that she can’t get over it. On Sunday she crawled out of bed and the first thing out of her mouth was for me to open up “Faithbook” so she could see her “pitchkur”. It doesn’t stop there.

After staring at the comments for a few minutes, she said she wanted me to share this on my blog. How does she know this stuff? And why can’t I just say NO?! Guilt, I tell you, Guilt. It’s taking over my life. These weren’t meant for sharing. Lets just hope I get better at this…I should not feel guilty, I should not feel guilty, I should not…

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The cupcakes.

They are super easy. Like cake-out-of-a-box easy. Yep. Out of a box. Because I had to try out Hungry Girl’s method; Cake mix, 1 cup yogurt, 1 cup water. Voila. Did you get that? No eggs, no oil, nada. Just yogurt and water.

Anywho. The cupcakes were moist, not as tall, sweet, and crumbly. So if you like all of that, or don’t mind it, go for it. Really easy, healthier, and quick.

The frosting, however, is not from Hungry Girl, but it is quite delicious, and not so healthy. In fact, there’s 3 cups of powdered sugar in it. Plus a stick of butter. And if you follow the instructions carefully – DRAIN the strawberries – you will have a perfect strawberry cream cheese frosting.


Hope you’re having a great Labor Day!

Ana’s Yogurt Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
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Serves: 24 cupcakes
For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 box of Cake Mix, I used Lemon, but you can use whichever one you want
  • 1 cup Nonfat Plain Yogurt, I used Dannon
  • 1 cup Water
For the Frosting:
  • 8 whole Strawberries
  • 1 (8 oz.) package Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
For the Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake papers; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the cake mix, yogurt, and water.
  4. Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour the cupcake mixture into the cupcake pan.
  6. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting:
  1. Place a bowl under a strainer or a colander.
  2. Put the strawberries inside the colander and mash with a potato masher.
  3. Let the strawberries drain, otherwise your frosting will be watery. I drained them for close to an hour. Then I drank the drained strawberry juice. :)
  4. In a medium bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  5. Add in the powdered sugar, gradually, and the mashed/drained strawberries.
  6. Continue to mix on medium-low speed until the sugar and strawberries are well incorporated, and the frosting is smooth.
  7. If the frosting is a bit runny because the strawberries didn't drain well, place the frosting in a plastic container, cover, and put it in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  8. The frosting makes 3 cups.
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17 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden September 9, 2012 at 12:55 AM - Reply

    Really like your recipe, yogurt and cream cheese are my favorite taste! I think these cupcakes are so tasty! Reagards

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook September 5, 2012 at 2:32 PM - Reply

    Really cute story between you and Ana. I love the picture of her eating Nutella off spoon! That’s classic! She’s going to be a wonderful baker for sure after you! And these cupcakes look cute and delicious. It’s only the beginning of her baking history – soon I know I’ll see a giant cake made by her! :D

  3. Zoe September 4, 2012 at 12:43 AM - Reply

    Very nice cupcakes! The way you described seems so easy to bake these little yummy cakes.

    I’m new to Pinterest recently and now following you at Pinterest and also Twitter :D

  4. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking September 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM - Reply

    I really don’t know how you find the time to blog with two little ones!
    Tiffany is a hands-full all by herself! But she loves baking with me! It’s a tragedy if I don’t let her add one or two of the ingredients :))
    Lovely cupcakes Ana!

    • Kate@Diethood September 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM - Reply

      I admit, it is a bit difficult to run this blog with both girls. I wake up at 5 a.m., right after the baby’s first feeding, and start to work on the blog for the next 2 hours, until Ana wakes up. The next time I get to the blog is when they go down for a nap… many times they don’t take a long nap at the same time and that sucks. :)

  5. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM - Reply

    Haha, now that’s the way to make cupcakes, a jar of Nutella and a spoon in hand!

  6. Kristy September 3, 2012 at 12:49 PM - Reply

    This is perfect!!! Ana is such a sweetheart! She and Miss A would get along very well. :) And I would LOVE these cupcakes. They are right my alley. Ana already has fabulous taste. (And leadership skills!) I wish her a wonderful day at school tomorrow. Good luck to you too! It will get easier, I can promise that. :)

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes September 3, 2012 at 12:49 PM - Reply

    ;-) Your little helper looks so sweet and she is RIGHT about her being busy.
    The cupcakes look lovely.

  8. Sandra September 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM - Reply

    Ana is adorable and isn’t is amazing how quickly little ones pick up on things! I haven’t made any of Hungry Girl’s recipes but I’d like to try this one.

  9. baker street September 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM - Reply

    The berry cream cheese frosting is perfectly paired with these soft and tender yogurt cupcakes. They look absolutely delish.

  10. Becky September 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM - Reply


    Ana’s cupcakes are gorgeous, and you are not just baking cupcakes with Ana, you are building memories, and Ana’s love of baking and cooking. You will have another foodie in the family:) Treasure these moments, because they grow up so fast.

  11. Ramona September 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM - Reply

    I can so relate to dealing with two little ones. They both need you and getting things done on a schedule is impossible. I love Hungry Girl…. so these cupcake sound perfect for me to try. Glad she finally got to make her cupcakes!!

  12. Emily @ Life on Food September 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM - Reply

    I would help you any day with an offering of Nutella. When I was little my parents stopped telling me anything. I had a habit of calling them liars if something they said was going to happen didn’t in exactly the way I was expecting. Yes, I was one of those kids.

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