Lite Orange & Poppy Seed Cupcakes

a2 Lite Orange & Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Frosting is a like makeup for cupcakes. It adds colours to cupcakes. It hides the imperfection of the cake itself. Every time I walk pass a bakery,  I’d stop and admire how pretty the frosted cupcakes were. It is hard to resist the richness and lusciousness of frosting and maybe that’s why it makes cupcakes finger lickin’ good. ;)

On day-to-day, I like to go au naturel with my cupcakes, similar to how I like my face to be at home. There’s no hiding of imperfection and it’s purely for comfort and fuss free. These lite orange and poppy seed cupcakes I baked over the weekend were just that. They are cotton-like in texture and you don’t feel guilty after eating them.

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Lite Orange & Poppy Seed Cupcakes

(makes about 10 small cupcakes)

What you’ll need:-

  • 30g (1 ounce) flavourless cooking oil
  • 20g (0.7 ounce) cornflour
  • 35g (1.2 ounce) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 40g (1.4 ounces) caster sugar, divided equally i.e. 20g in egg yolks & 20g in egg whites
  • 3 eggs, yolks & white separated

Other: grater, handheld mixer etc.

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Preheat oven to 180C/356F. In a bowl, mix cornflour, all-purpose flour, salt and poppy seeds. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, add 20g caster sugar and grated orange peel. Then separate the egg yolk and white i.e. place the yolks with the sugar-and-orange-peel mixture and place the egg whites in a separate mixing bowl. Use a handheld mixer, whisk the egg white while adding the remaining 20g of caster sugar gradually at high speed. Whisk the egg whites until soft peak is achieved. Set aside.  With the same handheld mixer (no need to wash the whisks attached), whisk yolks-sugar-and-orange-peel mixture until it becomes pale and fluffy.  Then add oil and whisk again until well mixed. Add the flour mixture into the yolk mixture and whisk until just combined. Add 1/3 of white egg into the yolk mixture and use a spatula to stir until well combine. Then gently fold in the remaining egg whites until just combine. Spoon the mixture into your baking tin (please add baking paper cases due to the low fat content of thesecupcakes) or use cupcake cups. Bake the cupcakes for 15- 20 minutes until the cake tester comes out clean.

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10 Responses to Lite Orange & Poppy Seed Cupcakes
  1. Peggy
    February 25, 2013 | 2:39 pm

    In my opinion, a good cupcake doesn’t need frosting! These look great =)

    • Emily
      February 25, 2013 | 8:35 pm

      I share the same thought as you too! These are really fluffy and delicious. :)

  2. Jo
    February 26, 2013 | 8:02 am

    They look great and yummy!

    • Emily
      February 26, 2013 | 10:15 am

      Thanks Jo! :)

  3. abby @ thingsforboys
    February 26, 2013 | 10:34 am

    These look so light and delicious! I’m sure I’d end up eating twice as many :)

    • Emily
      February 27, 2013 | 2:23 am

      Oh yeah, that’s what happened to me haha! My beloved got to eat 2 cupcakes and the rest was for me.

  4. Justine@cookingandbeer
    February 26, 2013 | 5:34 pm

    These look adorable AND delicious! Orange is such a fun ingredient. I will definitely be trying these out!

    • Emily
      February 27, 2013 | 2:23 am

      I hope you’ll enjoy these cupcakes! Happy baking xx

  5. vegeTARAian
    February 27, 2013 | 6:44 am

    Gorgeous Emily! I’m a sucker for an orange poppy seed ANYTHING

    • Emily
      February 27, 2013 | 6:54 am

      Count me in! I thought I should try a non butter version of this cake. :)

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