Pumpkin Sheet Cake with cream cheese frosting – Weight Watchers
Many years ago I followed the Weight Watchers program and lost almost 60 pounds. Even though I gained most of it back (my own fault,) I personally think it is the best diet program out there. I am now following a “healthy eating” plan of my own, but use lots of what I learned through Weight Watchers.
One of the most popular Weight Watchers dishes around and super-delicious is the pumpkin muffins. This is one of the recipes I have continued to make even though I am no longer on the program, and they are still loved by all.
Even though I don’t like to use much in the way of prepared food, this does include a boxed cake mix. Hey, I never promised to be perfect at this all the time! Different flavors of cake mix will yield a different taste. Chocolate cake mix really does taste like chocolate muffins, while spice cake mix – in my opinion – is the best to use if you want a spice-cake-pumpkiny-flavor.
There are a couple of different recipes out there, and everyone seems to put their own spin on these babies. I remember making them with just a box of cake mix and a can of pumpkin. I thought they were kind of heavy, but the taste was good. Some people put up to a can of water in them, and some add extra spices. For a few extra calories, you can throw in some chocolate chips and/or nuts. Totally up to you and your tastes.
This is the recipe I came up with, and it came out very moist and delicious:
Weight Watcher Pumpkin Sheet Cake
1 box cake mix, preferably either spice, yellow, or chocolate
1 can pumpkin
½ cup water (I had some apple cider and used that)
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together and either spread in a greased 11×16 jelly roll pan or greased (no liners) muffin tins. Bake 20-25 minutes. I don’t count points any more, but these are 2 points per muffin (or call them a cupcake – sounds much more decadent.) For muffins, you should end up with 20-24.
I topped mine with a cream cheese frosting. Again, I looked around and tried to find something a little lighter than the regular cream cheese/butter laden recipe. This is what I made, and it came out really good:
6 oz softened ⅓ less fat cream cheese
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 Tbsp apple cider or water (add this last when you see how thin it is and how thin you want it. You may not need it.)
Beat with a mixer until smooth and creamy. Spread over muffins/cake.
Let us know how much you like this Weight Watchers Pumpkin Sheet Cake! Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or any special fall dinner.
You will also love my Delicious Layered Pumpkin Dessert!