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  • unit Finely grated zest of 3 organic lemons
  • 1 teaspoon plus 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk or soy
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons natural sugar cane
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons pure dark maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil or other neutral oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract or oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pure dark maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)

Glazed Lemon Tea Cakes

Fran Costigan | Delicious Living
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Serves: 24 people
  • Calories per serving: 109

Tiny, tender lemon cakes get extra oomph from a lemon-maple glaze. Keep these in a tightly closed container in your freezer for up to one month. They defrost in minutes; glaze while cold and serve. Tips for success: Oil pans well (or use cooking spray); use fresh lemon juice, not bottled; and bake cakes thoroughly, until edges and bottom of cakes are lightly browned.

  1. Position rack in oven middle and preheat to 350°. Oil a 24-cup mini-cupcake pan or two 12-cup mini-pans very well. Do not use paper liners. (If any batter is left over, bake in an oiled ramekin or two.)
  2. Combine lemon zest, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and milk in a medium bowl. Set aside 5–10 minutes.
  3. Sift flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Whisk lightly to aerate ingredients.
  4. Add remaining 3 tablespoons lemon juice, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, lemon extract or oil, and vinegar to almond milk–lemon mixture, and whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour into dry mixture. Whisk until smooth. (Batter will be bubbly.)
  5. Fill each muffin cup two-thirds full. Bake 15–20 minutes, or until sides are lightly golden and an inserted tester comes out clean. Set on a cooling rack. After 5 minutes, invert and allow cakes to fall onto rack. (If they stick, wet a kitchen towel in very hot water, wring it out, and place it on the bottom of pan briefly.) Cool cakes completely.
  6. Mix syrup, lemon juice, and zest (if using) in small bowl. Spoon a teaspoon or two over each cake.

PER SERVING (2): 109 cal, 4g fat (2g mono, 1g poly, 0g sat), 0mg chol, 0g protein, 19g carb, 1g fiber, 128mg sodium


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