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Eggless Wholewheat Fruit and Nut Cupcakes With Honey Icing

Soon after Diwali, as we approach Christmas and New Year, the focus shifts from traditional Indian sweets to classic western cakes, puddings and desserts for me.

A fruit cake spells so many things and creates a good mood and ambience for reunions, get togethers and also brings in nostalgic memories.

While I have a very successful fruit cake recipe [1] here that has been loved and recreated by professional bakers and home bakers too, this time I decided to share with you a healthier recipe of a fruit cake.

One that has no refined flour or processed sugar in it. And I decided to turn this batter into cupcakes which are easier to distribute and to store. I decided to top the cupcakes with a glorious honey icing made with 24 mantra organic honey. If you are on the lookout for good honey, you might like to try this antibiotic free honey.

Cupcakes are a great hit if you have kids. Your kids and their friends will love them.

Hari’s friend Dhawnie who is the biggest fan of my chocolate chip cookies [2] has featured in my chocolate cupcake episode [3] as well as the promo of my digital show, Kiddie’s corner with Anushruti.

I had just finished making these cupcakes, when this little angel walked in with some chocolate cake that she had baked for me.

When I told her that this is a healthy cupcake made with organic wholewheat flour and has no refined flour in it, she was quick to ask me “Does it have gud (jaggery) “? And I thought it was amazing that this seven year old knows that jaggery is a healthier version of refined white sugar.

The honey icing seeps into the cupcake and merges with it nicely, giving the cupcakes a fruity flavor and earthy taste.

However, you can totally skip the icing and make the cupcakes plain if you prefer them this way.

I hope this wholewheat cupcake recipe made with natural sugar will add a healthy and happy touch to your recipe repertoire.

The best part is that you can make these cupcakes throughout the year. They are great to slip into your child’s snackbox and also good for you to munch into. And they are just perfect to give as gifts to your friends during the festive season.

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by 24 Mantra Organic [4], as part of the OrganicMantras [5]  [5]initiative. To know more and to be a part of this organic movement, stay tuned on  [6]Facebook [6]  [7]and  [8]Instagram [8]. With over 200 organic products [9], there are enough options to swtich to an organic life. [10]

Eggless Wholewheat Fruit and Nut Cupcakes With Honey Icing Recipe

Wholemeal flour and jaggery cupcakes with dry fruits, nuts, cinnamon and cardamom

You can use brown sugar, jaggery or a mixture of both to make these cupcakes

Cupcakes

dry ingredients:
210 gm (1 1/2 cups) whole wheat flour [11]
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon powder [12]
4 cardamom pods, shelled and powdered

wet ingredients:
250 ml (1 cup) milk
125 ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil  (I used sunflower oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract
220 gm jaggery [13]or brown sugar [14]

¾ cup chopped dry fruits (cashews [15], almonds [16], dates and raisins [17])*

Method:

Mix all the dry ingredients together.

Blend the wet ingredients with a blender or in a stand mixer.

Put in the dry fruits into the dry ingredients and mix.

Mix in the flour mixture along with the dry fruits into the wet ingredients. Make sure that you do not overmix the batter.

Spoon the batter into muffin/cupcake pan lined with paper cups and bake at a preheated oven 160C/ 325F for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes clean.

Honey Icing

Ingredients:

1 tbsp honey [18]
3 tbsp icing sugar
1 tbsp cold water

Method: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Makes 12 to 15 cupcakes depending on the size of your paper cups.