lemon drizzle cupcakes

Well, I think it’s safe to say I’m on a bit of a confectionary roll at the moment. My sweet tooth is definitely having the time of it’s life and enjoying all of these cakes and desserts I’m coming up with.

For some reason, all of my current recent inspiration is for desserts and I’m even finding myself dreaming about cake.. hahaha. Of course, I definitely find that desserts are the most exciting recipes to come up with as there’s so much more experimentation with ingredients, and the process feels a lot more exciting and creative. I also really enjoy the decorating and preparation of desserts. So, at the moment I’m just having lots of fun and creating all of the naughty treats I love – but with my own special twists and takes on the classics.

One absolute favourite cake of mine is a lemon drizzle. Mmmm. I love its combination of a moist sponge with a crisp sugary drizzle of icing on top. The sharpness of fresh lemon juice mixed with soft, sweet cake mixture is something that creates an absolute harmony of flavours, by blending sweet with sour. It’s definitely a cake I’ll always love.

For this recipe, I decided to transform the lemon drizzle cake into cupcakes. It generally makes them easier to bake, and they always look cute in little muffin cases – especially these flowery ones (they’re my favourite to use). The recipe itself makes just 6 cupcakes as I like to keep my batches small. The cupcakes are so moist and are bursting with a strong lemon flavour. When you bake the cakes, remove them from the oven when they feel fairly firm to touch on the top, and are golden with a shine. Then, make sure you leave them to cool completely before icing or eating them, so that they can firm up and gain the right spongy consistency. Of course, if you don’t mind them softer then feel free to try them warm.

Lastly, for the drizzle I used xylitol. To make the icing, I blended the xylitol in my NutriBullet to make a powdered sugar, and then added in the lemon juice to form an icing. It’s amazing how easy it is to make! I think the drizzle creates the perfect final touch and adds a really nice bite of sweetness to the cakes. Yummy.

Also – I have to warn you. I don’t think I’ve told you before that I cook with an Aga. We don’t actually own an oven in my house.. hahaha!! But with an Aga comes both fun and complications. I’ve had so many struggles with it at the moment as it’s been almost impossible to reduce its heat from 300C!!!!! It’s literally been crazy – and I don’t know why it’s gotten so hot. Luckily, when I leave the Aga door open for around 20 minutes and put the cooling tray in, it manages to cool back down to 180C. Yet, when I then put something in it to cook, it heats itself back up to 200C – so I never get a solid temperature to cook with. Therefore, I’ve listed the oven temperature for this at 180C, as it’s my recommended temperature. But due to this, they might take longer than 30 minutes to cook in your oven – as it’s likely that your oven doesn’t get hotter by itself. So, I recommend that you keep an eye on the cakes and allow them to bake for longer, if necessary for up to 40 minutes. Mine cook in 30, as by that time the AGA’s heated back up to 200C… *frustration*. But, let me know how they go for you when you cook them in a normal oven!!! I would love to know how long they take for you to bake.

Anyway, even with the struggle of my Aga, I still love to make these cupcakes. So I hope you like the recipe too!

lemon drizzle cupcakes

makes 6


for the cupcakes:

2 large lemons (to zest + make 1/2 cup juice)

1/4 cup (60ml) sunflower oil

1/2 courgette (zucchini) (100g)

3/4 cup (110g) coconut sugar

1/3 cup (50g) millet flour

1/3 cup (55g) buckwheat flour

1/4 cup (30g) ground almonds

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

for the drizzle:

2 tbsp xylitol

1 1/4 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice



1. Firstly, zest your lemons and add the zest into a large mixing bowl with the buckwheat flour, millet flour, ground almonds, coconut sugar and baking powder. Stir them together until well mixed.

2. Then, juice the lemon to make 1/2 cup of juice. Add the juice into a blender, followed by your courgette, cider vinegar and sunflower oil. Blend the mixture until smooth.

3. Pour the liquid mixture into your mixing bowl, and mix everything together until smooth using a hand whisk. Then, line a muffin tin with 6 large cupcake/muffin cases. Scoop the cake mixture 3/4 or so full into each case. Then, move the muffins into the oven, and cook for 30-40 minutes, or until golden and slightly firm/bouncy on top to touch. When the muffins have cooked, remove them from the oven and set aside to cool completely.

4. When the muffins have cooled, prepare the drizzle. Add the xylitol into a strong blender/NutriBullet and blend into a powdered sugar consistency. Then, remove it all from the blender and into a bowl. Add in the lemon juice, and stir together into a smooth icing. Lastly, spoon the icing on top of the cupcakes to finish and leave to set. Then, enjoy!

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70 thoughts on “lemon drizzle cupcakes

  1. I dream of cake too and I wake up with such a huge cake craving and sometimes find myself baking cakes at 6am.
    I love lemon drizzle cake, a perfect light summer cake.

    1. Hahaha I am the same! Thank you Dannii 🙂

  2. Let your confectionary side keep rolling, because your dessert recipes have been incredible lately! I’m in love with lemon cakes…lemon anything desserts really especially in the summer <3 These little cupcakes are flippin adorable, especially in there little flower wrappers! I love the hidden zucchini in there too, a little added veggie when I devour all 6 in an unseemly short amount of time 😉 lol

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you like these, thank you so much Natalie! (They’re my favourite cake wrappers!!)

  3. I LOVE these cupcakes!!! and the lemon drizzle!!! love your photos too . . and I have to ask. . are those boards or are you shooting on the floor? I love those boards!!! I’ve been shopping and looking at boards so have boards and wood planks on the brain!

    1. Thank you so much Alice!! That’s so kind of you! It’s actually a low down cupboard!!! 🙂

  4. Hello Harriet,
    Wow, very nice and good share.
    Very delicious and yumm looking cupcakes, I love lemon desserts, and these cupcakes are just beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much Deepa! I love lemon desserts too!

  5. These cupcakes sound amazing, Harriet! I love how soft and full of flavor they are. I think I would eat that glaze with just a spoon, sounds so good!

    1. Thank you so much Gayle – the glaze is pretty addictive haha!!!

  6. This sounds like quite the little adventure, when you bake – but what is an AGA? I’ve never heard of that before 😀 Those cupcakes seriously look delicious and so cute <3

    1. Haha, it is! It’s a very traditional type of cooker that’s always on 24/7!!! here’s a link: http://www.agaliving.com 🙂 Thank you so much Kat!

  7. Love these cupcakes! So creative! Gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much Mira!

  8. Lemon cupcakes sound divine, Harriet! I’m impressed that you have learned to cook so many beautiful recipes with an AGA cooker. I think I would have been driven to the brink of insanity if I had to experiment that much. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Linda! It’s not always easy, but it is fun!!! 🙂

  9. Cupcake perfection! I love the sweet zestiness of a lemon dessert! Perfect!!

    1. Thank you so much Rebecca!

  10. I’m impressed you were able to make these despite your struggles with your Aga (which, I’d actually never heard of before reading your post)! These are absolutely adorable little cupcakes so they seem to have turned out just beautifully!

    1. Thank you so much Sam! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  11. Yum! These look great!

    1. Thank you so much Liz!

  12. These look so light and refreshing! Plus I love anything lemon flavored. Thanks for a fabulous cupcake recipe!

    1. Thank you so much Chrysta, I love lemon too!

  13. Great cupcakes, Harriet. They are very moist and I love that you used buckwheat and millet flours here.

    1. Thank you so much Angie!

  14. You had me at lemon, lol! These look SO yummy, Harriet! I love that you are on a confectionary roll at the moment because I’ve been loving all of your delicious creations! Those cupcake pedestals are the cutest things ever! I love all of the beautiful serveware you use. You have really great taste! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Joscelyn, I love lemon too!! You are so kind!!! 🙂

  15. Wow these cupcakes look so moist! I love that you did a lemon flavor as that is one of my favorite dessert flavors to use. And it’s so nice that your recipe yields 6….I’m always halving and quartering my recipes to yield smaller cakes and portions. Even though you’ve been having trouble with the Aga, no one would ever know as they look absolutely perfect!

    1. Thank you so much Beeta, I love anything lemon too! I love making mini batches of desserts!

  16. Well we all know a cupcake is NEVER a bad idea, especially one with a luscious lemon drizzle! Love that it makes just six!

    1. Thank you so much Jess!

  17. My Mother used to make lemon cake with so much lemon icing it would ooze onto your plate. She was actually famous for it, everyone requested her lemons cakes during the Holiday Season. These cupcakes remind me of her lemon cakes, they look scrumptious.

    1. That sounds amazing! I do love lemon cake. Thank you so much Mary!

  18. Hahaha, I ALWAYS dream of cupcakes and desserts and cake!! Seriously, I always have dessert on the mind, that is my problem! Good thing I know how to get creative and bake much healthier versions at home than the storebought junk! These lemon drizzle cupcakes look amazing! I, too, love that sweet lemon sugary taste and how moist they are. This is so perfect for summer too since I’m always craving more lemon in the summer!!

    1. Lol same here! So glad I’m not the only one. Yes definitely! Thank you so much 🙂

  19. Such a yummy recipe, thanks for this. Btw, your blog is beautiful… 😉
    Lovely greets Nessa

    1. Thank you so much Nessa!! 🙂

  20. You had me at lemon drizzle! They look fantastic and I love the ingredient list! And I have no idea what an Aga is, lol.

    1. Thank you so much Sarah!

  21. What a perfect recipe for summer! What screams summer more than lemon? And that drizzle is making me drool!

    1. I know right! Thank you so much!

  22. Those look absolutely delicious!! And pretty too!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  23. well you can have more desserts because you make them healthy Harriet! 🙂 these look lovely!

    1. Hehehe thank you so much Manali!

  24. Especially over the summer, I’m always up for a little light, lemony zest! Cake is always a good idea. I had some of my brother’s birthday cake for breakfast this morning 😛 Anyways, thanks for the recipe! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    1. Same here Audrey! Thank you so much! Nothing beats cake for breakfast!

  25. LOVE these! they look SO moist inside like melt in your mouth heaven! 😉

    1. Thank you so much Michele!

  26. Wow. Looks delicious.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

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  27. This looks so yummy! I’m going to try it!
    xo, Jane

    1. Thank you so much Jane!

  28. I am loving these gorgeous and refreshing cupcakes. So moist, full of flavors and delish. And that lemon drizzle on top looks so great! A perfect light summery treat. Fabulous share, Harriet! Can’t wait to try! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Anu, I hope you like them!

  29. Okay YUM! Love love love the lemon drizzle! These sound so fresh and yummy!

  30. these look great! i also love those little muffin tables that you pictured – where do i find those?!

  31. these look amazing! love the super cute paper wrappings they’re in !xx, kenz

    1. Thank you so much Kenz 🙂

  32. Only within the last few years have I started to appreciate lemon in dessert! These cupcakes sound so good! And they are so pretty too with that drizzle!

    1. Same here Ashley! Thank you so much!

  33. Mmm… one of my favourite cake flavours too!!! I am back from my travels so now catching up… I want approximately everything you have been making. Thx. PS did you invest in another of those little cupcake stands or did you always have two!? 🙂

    1. So good! I’m only just catching up on comments too! Thank you so much Hannah! Hehehe no I had the other one already, I was just waiting for the perfect moment to use them both in a photo!!!

  34. Love these gorgeous cupcakes! Lemon desserts are my absolute favorite and I am swooning over that lemon drizzle! Looks absolutely mouthwatering!

    1. Thank you so much Kelly! Me too! 🙂

  35. Can a cupcake be refreshing? I think so! Thanks to you 😉 And I am allll about that drizzle!

    1. Hehehe, thank you so much Meg!

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