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These Skinny Lemon Cream Pie Cupcakes are made with a diet soda and a cake mix, lemon pudding filling and a Cool Whip frosting. They are perfect for Weight Watchers or low-calorie eaters. 

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Since my world revolves around sugar, I think it’s my duty to give you guys some “skinny-fied” recipes every once in awhile. I am not someone who can easily bake low-calorie desserts, but Skinny Lemon Cream Pie Cupcakes are so simple.

These recipes are especially great for Weight Watcher members such as myself.

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Diet Soda Cakes

Have you ever heard of soda cakes? With two simple ingredients- just a cake mix and a can of diet soda- you can make yourself a pretty darn tasty cake.

I first learned about this in my Weight Watcher meetings years and years ago. Once I tried it I was hooked! 

Sometimes I like to add in additional ingredients to tweak the flavors or texture. 

This recipe starts with a box of white cake mix and some fat-free, sugar-free lemon Jello.

Eliminating the oil and eggs takes away some of the fat and calories you’d get from a traditionally made cake mix. You could further reduce the calories and try it with a fat-free or a sugar-free cake mix, I know Pillsbury makes ones.

A cupcake with a bite taken out of it to show the filling in the center

After your cupcakes have cooled, use my favorite cupcake corer and hollow out the top 2/3 of your cupcake and preparing the filling. If you don’t have a cupcake corer, you can use a mellon baller or just a knife to cut out the centers of the cupcakes.

The filling calls for a fat-free, sugar-free vanilla pudding (or you can use lemon) and one cup of non-fat milk. The pudding will be pretty thick but do you best to stir it until the dry ingredients are dissolved. Throw the pudding in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or so, then fill your cupcakes. 

For the topping, I used a container of fat-free Cool Whip. I prefer the fat-free blend as opposed to the sugar-free blend. Divide the whipped cream between the cupcakes and top with lemon zest. You will have to keep these cupcakes refrigerated, but before you serve them, leave them out for about 15 minutes or so.

Now you have a tasty treat but without some the guilt! 

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A pretty lemon cupcake with a lemon chevron cupcake liner

Skinny Lemon Cream Pie Cupcakes

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cupcakes


These Skinny Lemon Cream Pie Cupcakes are made with a diet soda and a cake mix, lemon pudding filling and a Cool Whip frosting. They are perfect for Weight Watchers or low-calorie eaters.


  • 1 package (15oz) White cake mix
  • 1 package (3.4oz) Instant Sugar-Free, Fat-Free Lemon Jello
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract (optional)
  • 1 can (12 oz) Diet 7UP or Sprite
  • ¼ cup Sugar-free, fat-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 container (8 ounces) Cool Whip, Fat-free (thawed)
  • Lemon Zest for topping (optional)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° F and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine white cake mix, lemon jello, diet soda and extract. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Divide batter evenly between cupcake liners, about 2 to 3 tablespoons each, I prefer to use a large cookie scoop.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 12-16 minutes. Check the cupcakes for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  5. In a small bowl, combined 1/4 cup of the pudding mix, and milk and whisk until the pudding mix is dissolved. Refrigerate for 10 minutes until the pudding is firm.
  6. Remove a small piece of the center of your cupcake, using the melon baller or knife. Cut about ⅔ of way down. Set the tops aside.
  7. Once the pudding mix has firmed, spoon into a piping bag (or Ziploc bag) and cut off the tip. Fill the center of the cupcakes with the pudding, dividing evenly between each cupcake. Place the tops of the cupcakes back over the pudding and gently press down.
  8. Pipe the Cool Whip onto the cupcakes and keep them refrigerated until you are ready to serve. Remove the cupcakes from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Optional, top with lemon zest.


  • Disclaimer: Nutritional information is estimated. Actual nutritional information should be calculated based off the ingredients you are using
  • This recipe is 89 Weight Watcher Freestyle points. To find the points per serving, divide it by the total number of cupcakes you prepare. For 20 cupcakes, it’s 4 point each. 
  • You can further reduce the points by using a sugar-free cake mix
Nutrition Information:
1 cupcake
  • Category: Cupcake
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Lemon Cupcakes, Cupcakes


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19 Responses
    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Ashley- You won’t be able to use it’s frozen, so do thaw it first. Thanks for your question, I’ll clarify it in the recipe

  1. Debbie

    Thanks so much for posting some skinny recipes, I recently gained weight also and my daughter has been struggling with weight loss also she lost a lot of weight and now she has gained it back and like your mother I worry about her health too. I bake a lot of sweets and I am so ashamed I give her family treats all the time. She follows WW also and it has worked for her in the past. So I wanted to ask since you do WW also can you tell me how many points some of the skinny desserts are so I can let her know the points for theses cupcakes I plan on making for her?? Thank you so much for your story. And I wish you all the luck in the world sounds like your on the right track to getting back to what makes you happy.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Debbie. I am very touched by your story and your desire to provide options for your daughter. The points do change because of the systems that Weight Watchers changes every year or two. Are you following the Freestyle program? Do you have the online etools? That is what I use to calculate the points myself. If you’d like to shoot me an email with the skinny recipes you are looking to calculate I can try to help. email beyondfrosting at gmail dot com

  2. Paige

    How many calories are in each cupcake? What makes it “skinny?” Like how many calories are we saving in this recipe?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Paige, this recipe uses fat-free and sugar-free ingredients. By eliminating the oil and eggs in the recipe, and replacing them with diet soda, you are also reducing the fat. I do not call out specific calories on my recipes, but apps like My Fitness Pal allow you to input the ingredients and the number of servings to calculate the calories for each cupcake.

  3. Bethany Duffy

    I made these cupcakes this evening and they were absolutely delicious. I made them for me since I am counting my calories but even my husband and 13 yr old son loved them!
    They are light and fluffy and the icing is the best. Thank you!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Bethany, this is so wonderful!! It’a a great feeling to be able to indulge but without all the calories

  4. Jacquie T

    How many boxes of pudding mix makes up the 1/4 cup? I want to make them for my grandpap’s 90th birthday party – he LOVES lemon!

  5. Sandra

    Could you please make the title to the skinny choc cupcakes and frozen lemon pie a link to your recipe? I would love to try them!

  6. Laura @ laura's Culinary Adventures

    I was a little sad when I turned thirty too! I like that these cupcakes are a healthier treat. Yum!

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