Lemon Cupcakes

by Jemma on September 14, 2011

in Recipes

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.

100_6660

*Spinach Dhal*

100_6051

*Grilled Pear and Goat’s Cheese Salad*

DSCF9218

 *Squash Bean Burgers*

DSCF9072

*Fruity Mixed Whole Grain Salad*

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

balance Source

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

100_6290

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

100_5958

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

100_4879

*Chocolate Splatter Cookies*

DSCF9355

*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…

110_7967

110_7962

*Lemon Cupcakes*

110_7966

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.

110_7965

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.

110_7958

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?

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Bronagh September 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

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 :)

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 8:09 AM

I totally agree-balance is the spice of life! :)

Reply

vegan aphrodite September 15, 2011 at 2:57 PM

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 :)

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 8:10 AM

I’m so glad that you don’t feel any guilt about the chocolate. :)

Reply

Jessica September 15, 2011 at 3:45 PM

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!

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 8:12 AM

I couldn’t agree more and yes cupcakes rock! :)

Reply

IHeartVegetables September 15, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Grilled pear and goat cheese sounds SO SO SO good. Can I have some pleeeease? ;)

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Ha! It is a great combo!

Reply

Jenny September 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM

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

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Ahhh thanks! :)

Reply

kabochafashionista September 15, 2011 at 7:24 PM

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 :P

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Eeeee I’m really bad for eating the frosting and not the sponge as long as it’s not too sweet. They can be sickly at times.

Reply

Stacey (My Sweet Eats) September 15, 2011 at 8:16 PM

I love cupcakes and yours are so pretty!

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 6:55 AM

Thank you! :)

Reply

Laura @ box run eat September 15, 2011 at 9:58 PM

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

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM

I couldn’t agree with you more!

Reply

Tessa at Amazing Asset September 16, 2011 at 1:15 AM

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 :)

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 8:16 AM

I think it’s such an important thing to remember. I hope it’s going well for you.

Reply

LightOnMyFeet September 16, 2011 at 2:03 AM

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.

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 8:20 AM

All of the recipes are posted on my recipe page and if you click on each individual picture for the main dishes it will take you directly to the original recipe post. I will put the hyperlinks on the recipe titles in this post later though. :)

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 8:22 AM

And sure you could use any flour even plain flour. I wouldn’t use self raising though as it already has raising agents in the mixer with the baking soda and powder. You can just use regular caster sugar if you cannot find xylitol.

Reply

Deidre September 16, 2011 at 5:31 AM

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

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 6:54 AM

Ha! No I mean teaspoon, but I’ve changed it now-thank you! :)

Reply

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 16, 2011 at 6:22 AM

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!

Reply

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM

I’m a total cupcake fan too! :)

Reply

Leigh September 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM

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

Reply

beautyinthebalance September 16, 2011 at 1:38 PM

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 :)

Reply

vegansunshine September 16, 2011 at 2:38 PM

I need a cupcake. That is all.

Whitney :)

Reply

jenandberries September 16, 2011 at 3:21 PM

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!

Reply

Kiah September 16, 2011 at 5:28 PM

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

Reply

Dani October 5, 2011 at 5:04 AM

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

Reply

{ 4 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: