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Pink Cupcakes

Pink Cupcakes

Delicious lemony cupcakes, coloured with dragonfruit to make them extra PINK. Plant-based, vegan, & low in sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine European
Keyword baking, cupcakes, dragon fruit, low sugar, plant based, vegan
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 267kcal
Author Buffy Ellen



  • 1/2 c almonds ground
  • 1 c wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1/2 c dessicated coconut
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp dragon fruit powder
  • pinch sea salt


  • 1/3 c plant-based milk
  • 2 lemons zest and flesh
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Pink Lemon Icing

  • 1/2 c cashews
  • 1 lemon zest and flesh
  • 2 tbsp liquid sweetener
  • 1 tbsp dragon fruit powder


  • Preheat oven to 180°C (355°F) fan bake. Blitz almonds to a flour in a blender, then sift with the remaining dry ingredients into a bowl. Any almond and coconut bits remaining just pour on top.
  • Blend wet ingredients excluding zest in a blender, then pour into the dry with the zest, folding until just combined.
  • Pour into a lined or greased regular muffin tin and bake for 15 minutes, until a skewer in the middle comes out almost dry. Remove cupcakes from tin and cool on a baking rack.
  • Meanwhile, blend cashews to a flour, then add remaining icing ingredients and blend until smooth. Refrigerate to firm up.
  • When the cupcakes have cooled, spread a dollop of icing on top of each, and sprinkle with extra lemon zest (and fresh thyme if you want a splash of colour).


  • Gluten free: Use ½ c brown rice and ½ c buckwheat instead of the spelt.
  • Nut free: Use ground sunflower seeds in the base instead of almonds. Or just replace with extra flour, but the nuts/seeds give them fat and thus tenderness. For the icing replace cashews with ½ c thick coconut cream, and 1-2 tbsp melted cacao butter to help it hold
  • Refined sugar free: Already is! 


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg