Sunday, 15 November 2015

Orange and Poppy Seeds Cupcakes

Its only November, but we can already feel Christmas around us. All the marketing efforts seem to do a good job, and I can hear many people around talking about buying Christmas presents and decorations. I'm not that well organised, but I know many of you surely is. I realized, that if I want to give you some baking ideas for festive season I should start now. No point to post a recipe on Christmas day, as many of you will have be done with baking by then (I think I did it last year!). Lets start Christmas a bit earlier this time :) I have decided to open festive season with this lovely orange and poppy seeds cupcakes. Classic combination and rather typical flavours for Christmas. Baked with almonds, which guarantee moistness and characteristic for almonds sweetness. Diabetic friendly, but surely will be loved by everyone.

Ingredients (make about 8 large cupcakes):
  • 180g ground almond (sieved)
  • 85g butter, softened
  • 240 g erythritol (ground in a coffee grinder)
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 3 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 3 tbsp. orange juice
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 180g philadelphia cheese
  • 60g butter
  • 2 tbsp. erythritol
  • Preheat oven to 170C.
  • In medium bowl mix ground almond, poppy seeds and baking powder.
  • In a large bowl, using electric mixer, beat eggs yolks with butter until yellow and fluffy. Add orange zest, orange juice, erythritol and mix all together well.
  • In a separate bowl whip egg whites with cream of tartar (with electric mixer it takes only few minutes).
  • Add 1/3 of whipped egg whites to the eggy mixture and using spatula fold it in as gently and slow as possible. Fold the whole mixture into remaining egg whites and again, fold it in as gently as possible.
  • Add half of ground almonds and fold it in gently. Add remaining almonds and repeat folding in.
  • Pour the batter into a cupcakes cases and bake for about 25 min. Check with a skewer if the cupcakes are baked (the skewer should come out clean). Let it cool down.
  • Mix cream cheese with butter with erythritol. Decorate the cupcakes with frosting and sprinkle with poppy seeds and orange zest.

Enjoy :)

Nutritional Values: 

1 Cupcake

Please note that this carbohydrate count does not include the erythritol. Studies have shown that erythritol has little to no affect on blood glucose levels.


  1. Could you substitute Erythritol for Xylitol? If so how many grams should I add ? I know it will increase the carbs content in the cupcakes but I cant find the Erythritol anywhere in shops :( unless I add nothing? Would they still be tasty? They look so yummy!

    1. You can use Xylitol, maybe 200g. It will add around 50g carbs to your carb count.
      You definitely need some sugar substitute, without it would be yuk. Good luck :)

  2. Just made them, Fabulous !!! really just so good use Xylitol