I don’t often get that excited about baked goods, what with my not-too-sweet tooth. And I certainly don’t tend to have to stop myself from eating a whole tray at once, but this is one case that’s a bit different. These mini lemon almond cupcakes were absolutely delicious. I had originally intended to make them and take them to share with some friends, but in the end I ate a few too many before I even left the house and then didn’t really want to share the rest. So I didn’t. But I hope to be a bit nicer next time I make them so others can enjoy them as well. In the meantime, I will at least let you have the recipe so you can try them yourself.
I’m sharing them today as part of Sunday Supper’s mother’s day theme, as my mum and I share a love of citrus-flavored things and I know she would really like these. Unfortunately she is far away in Edinburgh so I can’t exactly drop by with a few to share with her, but maybe next time I see her I’ll bake some for us to enjoy together.
How they’re made
These lemon almond cupcakes are made partly with almond flour, which gives them a lovely flavor, mixed with rice flour so they are gluten-free (when using gluten-free flours you are always best to mix more than one). There’s lemon both in the main batter then there’s an extra boost from a drop of lemon curd hidden in the middle. It’s not obviously a drop once baked as it melts into the dough, but you can still sense a slight gooeyness towards the top and the flavor and moistness it gives the cupcake is delicious. I’ve still to try, but I suspect it would be more obvious in full-sized cupcakes, but there’s something nice about enjoying these cute little bites. I used homemade lemon curd, which is really easy to make and I would definitely recommend, but if you don’t get round to it or have the ingredients, you could use store-bought (but it’s really not the same!).
These lemon almond cupcakes are nice and easy to make and so light and tasty, they would make a perfect gift for mother’s day, or to share with others whenever you manage to make them. Or, like me, you can save them and devour them yourselves, but either way, they are definitely worth making and enjoying.
Mini lemon almond cupcakes (GF)
Deliciously lemony, easy to make, these lemon almond cupcakes are so good.
- 1 egg divided
- 1/2 lemon juice ie from 1/2 lemon
- 1 lemon zest ie from 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp coconut oil melted and allowed to cool
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup almond flour 60g ground almonds
- 1/4 cup rice flour 35g
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp lemon curd about 1/3 of separate recipe, see below
Preheat oven to 350F/175C.
Mix egg yolk, lemon zest and juice, coconut oil and honey in a bowl and combine.
Add the flours and baking powder and mix well.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white until it forms soft peaks.
Take a little of the egg white and mix into the other mixture. Then carefully fold the remaining egg white in to the mixture until mixed but taking care not to lose all the air.
Fill the tins half-full, create a slight dip in the middle then put a little of the lemon curd - around 1/4-1/2tsp - in the middle of each. Carefully spoon the remaining mixture on top so the curd is covered but not mixed in.
Bake for approx 15 minutes until gently golden.
Try this recipe to make your own lemon curd - so much better than store-bought.
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