These cupcakes are based on a Greek cake made with yogurt called yiaourtopita, which translates into yogurt pie but is basically a syrupy yogurt cake.
My version is lighter; has fewer eggs and does not contain butter (as the original yiaourtopita) I replaced it with olive oil and there is no syrup, but it is equally delicious and ideal with coffee or tea and a healthier cupcake for kids.
These are light, fluffy and very lemony cupcakes, using ingredients that everybody has in their kitchen, and the best part: they only take 10 minutes to prep.
Don’t be afraid of the olive oil, you won’t notice it taste-wise but you will notice it nutrition wise; this cupcake has almost no saturated fat, but mostly the good monounsaturated ones.
I use plenty of lemon juice and lemon peel, but you can use less, and you can also add poppy seeds.
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Total time: 45 minutes. Serves 12 cupcakes.
- 2 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup olive oil
- 7 ounces low fat Greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- Lemon juice from 1 ½ -2 lemons
- Lemon peel from 2 lemons
For Lemon Glaze
- Lemon juice
- Powdered Sugar
- Preheat oven at 350 degrees F (180 degrees Celsius)
- Line a muffin pan with muffin liners.
- In a large bowl mix sugar and olive oil
- Add the eggs and mix.
- Add the yogurt, lemon peel and lemon juice and mix well.
- In another bowl blend flour with baking powder.
- Add the flour ½ a cup at a time to the batter while mixing.
- Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Let them cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and remove and let them cool completely.
- Add powdered sugar to lemon juice stirring with a spoon until you have a thick consistency that is pourable. The ratio is about ½ cup powdered sugar for every tablespoon of lemon juice.
About the author
Elena Paravantes, publisher of Olive Tomato, is an award winning Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist and Writer specializing in the Mediterranean diet. She has been active in the field of food and nutrition for 20 years as a clinical dietitian, food and nutrition consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer, both in the U.S. and in Greece. Elena firmly believes in the wide-ranging health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and is committed to educating the public about the wholesome food plan she grew up with through her writing, teaching and lecturing. Elena is author of “The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Beginners” which is now available for purchase. Click here to visit her website and follow her on social media including Facebook, Instagram (@greekdiet), Twitter (@greekdiet) and Pinterest.
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