Low Calorie- Iced Lemon Cupcakes

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Ingredients

12 cupcake cases

Finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon

2 large eggs

150ml low fat natural yogurt

2 tablespoons semi-skimmed milk

50ml sunflower oil

100g blueberries

75g golden caster sugar

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

200g self raising flower

For the icing:

4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

100g icing sugar

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Method:

  • Firstly pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C or 180 degrees for fan assisted ovens.
  • This recipe serves 12 so line a 12 whole muffin tray with your cupcake cases.

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  • Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and stir in the sugar, blueberries and lemon zest. Make a well in the centre. It is important to sift the flour so that there are no lumps.

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  • Beat the eggs with a large whisk until smooth, then beat in the yogurt, milk and oil until well combined. Stir into the flour mixture with a large metal spoon until very lightly mixed.
  • Divide the batter between the paper cases. Make sure not to overfill the cases as remember the cupcakes will rise.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 16–18 minutes or until the cupcakes are well risen and golden brown.
  • Transfer them to a wire rack and leave to cool.

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  • To make the lemon icing, mix the icing sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth and runny. Using a spoon, drizzle the icing over the cupcakes and leave to set for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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I was inspired to do a bit of baking this week as the Great British Bake off has just finished its last series here in the UK and I was looking for my weekly cake fix! Also I feel I have been concentrating a lot on savoury recipes and we need a little sweetness in our lives. Trust me things can get a little bland during the weekly routine if all you are eating is meat and veg so these cupcakes are the perfect wee pick me up. Not only are they absolutely delicious but they are also only 169 calories each! Make sure you have a few friends or kids that you can hand then out to as well as it would be easy to go to town on the hole batch! As always I would love to hear from you if you decide to try this recipe or have any ideas on how you would make it your own!

Happy cooking!

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