Lemon Cupcakes

There are many things that make me happy 10 of which I have shared with you previously.

BUT, what makes me very happy is glorious, gorgeous and nutritious filled meals.


*Spinach Dhal*


*Grilled Pear and Goat’s Cheese Salad*


 *Squash Bean Burgers*


*Fruity Mixed Whole Grain Salad*

Despite all of this goodness sometimes yah just need something to balance everything out…

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On the pursuit to accomplish this mission I like to chow down a Date and Coconut Slice or two…


or sometimes my Choco, PB and Nana Pudding really hits the spot…


…and when it doesn’t you can always find me digging a hole in the in the cookie jar…


*Chocolate Splatter Cookies*


*Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cup Cookies*

AND when all of that fails to help me find that healthy balance I like to reach for these…



*Lemon Cupcakes*


Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)

  • 2 cups of soya flour
  • 1 cup of xylitol (or golden caster sugar)
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 medium sized eggs
  • 1/2 cup of low fat spread or a non-dairy butter
  • 90 ml of hemp milk (or any other milk alternative)
  • 1 tbsp of lemon zest
  • 40 ml of fresh lemon juice

The frosting was made using the Vanilla Frosting recipe from the Babycakes recipe book with the addition of 30 ml of fresh lemon juice and 1 tbsp of lemon zest.


Line a 12 hole muffin tray and preheat the oven to gas mark 4.

Cream together the low fat spread and xylitol using a electric mixer or hand held whisk until fluffy- this may take a few minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.  Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda into a separate bowl.  In a jug mix together the milk, canola oil, lemon juice and lemon zest and add it to the eggs and creamed sugar and spread in three parts alternating it with the addition of the sifted the flour mixture.  At this stage it is best to mix in the flour and liquid mixture using a wooden spoon to prevent stretching the gluten in the flour, which results in a heavy sponge.

Fill the muffin cases with the cake batter three quarters of the way up and bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes or until the cupcakes are golden and a skewer comes out clean.  Allow the cupcakes to cool completely and then pipe on the icing or spread on top with a knife- decorate as your heart desires.


Remember balance is important: so this is a NO GUILT ZONE!

What is your favourite sweet treat do you like to reach for to find that healthy balance?

Are you a cookie or cupcake fiend?



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35 responses to “Lemon Cupcakes

  1. Bronagh

    Love this post – I’m all about the balance and *always* need to have some sweet treats on hand for desserts/late night snack attacks. Life is far too short to deprive ourselves of treats such as your cupcakes, I’m bookmarking the recipe now 🙂

  2. I was like “OH!!” on each and every one of these photos! Yum yum YUM! I havent had dhal in a long time, and I really need to do something about it! It is so good!¨
    Im more of a cookie person, that cupcake! Although cupcakes are adorable, and these are really pretty!!
    And yes- its all about balance! I eat chocolate everyday, and I dont see anything wrong in it 🙂

  3. Jessica

    You know how I love all cupcakes (!) and lemon recipes keep catching my eye. They may have to be my next adventure after seeing these!
    I think you’re so right, balance is the key. Is totally okay to have sugar in your diet and reach for a cookie or chocolate or whatever.
    I love both but right now, it’s all about the cupcakes!

  4. Grilled pear and goat cheese sounds SO SO SO good. Can I have some pleeeease? 😉

  5. Those cupcakes look amazing!! I don’t think I’ve ever had a lemon cupcake

  6. kabochafashionista

    Those cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous!! I totally agree about having a balance in life. We only live once so we might aswell treat ourselves. It upsets me to see some bloggers denying themselves of treats and trying to eat ‘clean’ all of the time because it’s just not realistic..and neither is it fun!
    Hmm as for cookies or cupcakes? I really like the actual cake of the cupcake but I’m not so keen on frosting which is why I always make muffins hehe! But cookies are always a winner too! Okay..I just love anything sweet and baked 😛

  7. Stacey (My Sweet Eats)

    I love cupcakes and yours are so pretty!

  8. Those cupcakes are so pretty! You’re so right, balance is definitely the key, nothing good comes out of too much restriction!

  9. Those cupcakes are gorgeous! Thank you for the reminder on maintaining balance with your eats… that is the main thing I am working on right now 🙂

  10. Wow! All these recipes look amazing. You should definitely post the recipes for the spinach dhal, grilled pear and goat cheese salad, and the squash bean burgers. Also, for the lemon cupcakes, could you sub a different kind of flour like whole wheat pastry or almond flour? And where could I find xylitol? I live in a small town, we don’t have many options at the grocery store.

  11. Wow – those cup cakes look FABULOUS. do you really mean 1 cup of baking soda though?

  12. Balance is essential! I’m still working on it, but it’s refreshing to see someone that seems to have it down 🙂 Cupcakes are my absolute weakness. I love them- and I love anything lemon flavored!

  13. Oooh these look yummy, I do love lemon cake. The grilled pear and goats cheese salad looks amazing, need to make this asap!

  14. beautyinthebalance

    I lovelovelove cookies although I do enjoy the occasional (lemon) cupcake!

    I really agree that balance is essential and that it’s important not to feel guilt about daily treats; it’s something that I’m working on at the moment 🙂

  15. I need a cupcake. That is all.

    Whitney 🙂

  16. jenandberries

    I love all your fab meals ideas – making notes from your blog for college eats at this minute 😉 I’m definitely more a cookie monster but always think cupcakes look cuter!

  17. All of your food looks delicious! My mouth is watering 🙂 I’m definitely going to try making those cupcakes. Happy weekend!

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  19. Hey there lady!

    I just came across your blog, and it’s so inspiring for me. I am now newly recovering from ED and your approach and way of seeing things is exactly what I want to become. Thank you for sharing your philosophy and story with the world. You’re awesome. I recently started a blog too, nothing on yet though..meeeep… Hee hee. I do want to get to the point where I can define what my body wants, and eat it, WITHOUT FEELING GUILT. It’s part of my journey and I’m getting a step closer every day.

    x D

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