Low-cal A&W cake with BOLD tasting A&W for 10 calories

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If you don’t already know, I’ve been on bit of a healthy kick these past few weeks. Between starting some probiotics and cooking clean and healthy, I’m learning to make those slight changes in ingredients that make a huge difference on the nutritional content.

Last week, I discovered the new Bold Ten low calorie sodas – its full flavor with only 10 calories! Soda has a high sugar content so it isn’t a very good choice when you are trying your best at a healthier lifestyle. There’s a coupon for it at Walmart right now that will get you $1.50 off 2 bottles of any bold flavor (Root Beer, Dr Pepper, Ginger Ale & Sunkist) while supplies last.

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So if you like gingerbread, you are going to love this cake! I adapted this one slightly to skinny it down and make it a little less-than-usual sinful. My favorite new baking substitute for butter has quickly become applesauce. While it does change the moistness of the cake, it certainly cuts the fat and cholesterol out without compromising the cake’s texture.

Low-cal A&W cake with BOLD tasting A&W for 10 calories. #TENways #PMedia #ad

Low-cal A&W cake
Recipe type: Cake
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 6

  • 1 cup applesauce (sub for 1 cup of butter)
  • 1 cup A&W Root Beer 10 calorie bold soda
  • 4 tbsp cocoa
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups flour, sifted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • Frosting:
  • ½ cup A&W Root Beer 10 calorie bold soda
  • ¼ cup butter/margarine
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla

  1. Cake:  Heat oven to 350 deg.  Heat the root beer with applesauce, but do not boil.  Set aside.  Sift together flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and cocoa.  Beat together eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and baking soda.  Add hot roor beer mixture to dry ingrediants slowly, on medium spped of mixer and then slowly stir in egg mixture and blend well (approx 2 min).  Pour into greased and floured 15×10-inch sheet cake pan.  Bake for 25 minutes.
  2. Frosting:  Heat Dr. Pepper, margarine and cocoa.  Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla.  Spread frosting on cake once cooled.

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Easy, low fat blue pixie dust cupcakes from the Pirate Fairy Movie

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I’ve always had a soft spot for those fairy-tale Disney movies I watched growing up. As a little girl, Disney classics defined what a fairy tale was, complete with princesses and a happily ever after at the end. I’m so glad that Disney is about to release The Pirate Fairy on DVD so little girls of this generation can have the same experience.

On April 1st, The Pirate Fairy DVD will be released at Walmart and as a free gift the Pixie Hollow Bake Off DVD with 10 animated shorts will be included. Perfect gift for a little girl! The Bake Off DVD follows Tinkerbell as she challenges other fairies in Pixie Hollow. Even Giada de Laurentiis makes a cameo as the head baking fairy.

So since I am a lover of cupcakes and I’m supposed to be achieving a healthier lifestyle these days, I decided to make a healthy batch of cupcakes. Just for fun, I thought I’d try making some edible glitter as blue pixie dust because part of the storyline in the movie involves blue pixie dust.

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It’s very simple – mix up a regular box of cake mix (vanilla or whatever you prefer), 1/3 cup of applesauce (instead of butter or oil) and 3 eggs plus 1 tablespoon of water with a hand mixer until it’s light and fluffy. Spoon it into cupcakes liners and pop it in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes at 350F. I didn’t notice much taste difference when I licked the bowl – it’s still my favorite part of baking!

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Edible glitter was simple to make, but it didn’t turn out quite as sparkly as I expected it. First, in a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup of sugar with a few drops of blue food coloring and work it through your fingers to distribute the color. Add the color as desired, and once you are finished spread it onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake it at 180F for 5-10 minutes.

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Once my cupcakes cooled off, I frosted them with fat free frozen whipped topping and dunked them in the blue fairy dust. I may never make a cupcake the same way again – these are so good and sooo much better for you! #ProtectPixieHollow

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Cheesy Potato Casserole with Ore-Ida® Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes

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Now that spring is here, Easter is not very far away. I can’t wait to get prepared for easter brunch with the family! Brunch is not something that we get to enjoy very often, so I jump at my chances when they pop up. Since my cravings can’t wait until a brunch opportunity pops up, it doesn’t stop me from making my own ‘brunch’ dishes for my family at home. Since having a child, I always make Sunday breakfast complete with eggs, sausage, hash browns with the works.

A really good brunch dish is this Cheesy Potato Casserole recipe that’s made with Ore-Ida® Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes. I decided to try it when I discovered it on the Walmart website. Who knew Walmart.com was a good resource for easy recipes to prepare?

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With so many recipes to choose from, I decided to try the Cheesy Potato Casserole, and it turned out excellent! Not only was it delicious, but it was also easy to prepare so you don’t have to be a kitchen ninja to do this right.

With a greased pan and lots of love, I made my own best version of this dish. As you can see, it goes really well with eggs and toast! The Cheesy Potato Casserole got the most requests for second helpings from both JP and his daddy.. That’s when I know a recipe is a keeper – no leftovers!

Be sure to give it a try for your easter brunches – you won’t be disapointed!

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