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Calories in Mini Cupcakes

author image Nina K.
Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by,, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.
Calories in Mini Cupcakes
An assortment of beautifully frosted mini cupcakes. Photo Credit: HannamariaH/iStock/Getty Images

When you just can't shake the sweet tooth, reaching for a mini cupcake instead of a full-size version can help satisfy your urge without splurging on calories. The key is to stick to just one mini. If you can't stop at just one and have several of them, you're likely to consume at least as many calories -- if not more -- than what a full-size cupcake provides.

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Calorie Details

The number of calories in a miniature cupcake depends on the ingredients and exact size. If you follow one recipe for mini ginger cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from "Fine Cooking," your cupcakes will contain about 56 calories each. However, one commercial brand's mini red velvet cupcakes contain about 87 calories each. That's still much lighter than full-size versions. One cupcake chain's full-size red velvet cupcakes contain about 248 calories each.

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