Thursday, 19 September 2013

Hairy Bikers Skinny Lemon Cupcakes

In a bid to shoehorn myself into a nice frock for Goodwood Revival in 4 weeks time, I'm trying out some of the recipes from the Hairy Bikers 'The Hairy Dieters' Book.

They certainly don't scrimp on taste and so far we've enjoyed curries, cottage pie and chicken bakes. 
Tomorrow, I'm running a charity relay around Hayling Island with my running club, so felt I ought to bake for the team.  Any excuse!!!  So what better recipe to try, than their Skinny Lemon Cupcakes!

After deciding which of my many cupcake cases to use, it was on with the preparation.

The flour & bicarbonate of soda was sifted into a bowl and mixed with the sugar, blueberries & lemon zest.

You then beat the eggs in a separate bowl until smooth, followed by beating in the yoghurt, milk and sunflower oil.

Stir into the flour mixture until just combined.  You don't want to over-work the mixture.  Quickly divide the mixture into 12 paper cases.

I used a new cookie dough scoop I was given to put the mixture into the cases.  It made the job a lot easier and certainly was less messy!

I then baked mine on the centre shelf of a preheated 200c static oven for 12 minutes for the slightly smaller cupcakes and 14 minutes for the larger ones.  It was amazing how much they had risen in the oven.

Once cooled, I added the lemon icing and then tucked in!  Purely to make sure they were edible of course.....

Now, they were delicious at only 167 calories per cupcake and incredibly light.  My only advice would be to keep them in the fridge, as overnight the icing dissolved and sunk down the sides of the cases, making them very wet. 

Still the happy ending to the tale........ I got into the dress!  All kitted out 1950's style!!

Happy Baking!