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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) --Whether it's a special occasion or you just want to make someone feel special, we have a decadent-looking dessert this morning that will bring smiles and compliments!

Alexis Sims with the American Heart Association shares this great recipe.

Ingredients
Cooking spray
Cupcakes
1 18.25-ounce box devil's food cake mix
1 2.5-ounce jar baby food pureed prunes
1 cup strong coffee, or 1 cup water plus 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
3 large egg whites
2 tablespoons canola or corn oil
Sauce
2 12-ounce packages frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
2 teaspoons water
8 ounces frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed in refrigerator
2/3 cup sliced almonds, dry-roasted

Cooking Instructions
Preheat the oven to 325°F, or as directed on the package. Lightly spray two 12-cup muffin pans with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cupcake ingredients. Follow the package directions for beating the batter and baking and cooling the cupcakes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, stir together the raspberries, sugar, and cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Stir in the vanilla.

In a medium bowl, stir together the coffee granules and water until the coffee is dissolved. Fold in the whipped topping until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

For each serving, spread 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons raspberry sauce on a dessert plate, top with a cupcake, spoon 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons whipped topping mixture over the cupcake, and sprinkle with about 1 1/2 teaspoons almonds.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
Calories Per Serving 173
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 2g
Sodium 198 mg
Carbohydrates 31g
fiber 2g
Sugar 18g
Protein 2g

Dietary Exchanges
2 carbohydrate, 1 fat

© 2012 Eating Well, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

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