Citrus Cardamom Cupcakes


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These nut-free Citrus Cardamom Cupcakes are subtly sweet. You can eat these treats as a light dessert or even for breakfast without feeling too guilty – they’re perfect with a cup of coffee or chai. If you prefer something a bit more decadent, just top them with some sweet citrus curd.

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These treats have a muffin like consistency, but since I’ve put frosting on top – I’m calling them cupcakes. They have dense crumb and aren’t overly sweet, so eating just one will satisfy the sweet tooth and keep you full.

A note on baking these sweet little things – make sure to spoon the thick batter into a well greased muffin tin or use silicone baking cups. If you use paper liners, they will stick. Trust me on that one.

I definitely suggest topping these treats with this sweetened orange lemon curd. The flavors go together perfectly. The honey and citrus lend a touch of sweetness and the cardamom helps enhance that sweetness.

I’m already looking forward to eating these cupcakes again – I plan on making them this weekend to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Her birthday was actually last weekend but I was in Canada (see my one-ingredient sorbet blog post for details) so we’ll have a little belated celebration. I think she’s going to love these mini cakes!

happy birthday to my beautiful mom!
Happy Birthday to my Beautiful Mom!

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Citrus Cardamom Cupcakes

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Citrus Cardamom Cupcakes

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  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, combine wet ingredients.
  • Mix the wet ingredients with the dry and spoon the thick batter into well greased mini muffin tins or into Silicone Baking Cups. Each cup should be filled about ¾ full.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown (should pass toothpick test).
  • Let cupcakes cool then spread on citrus curd or another frosting.


Time may vary depending on muffin size - check on it after 10 minutes.
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  1. Sybil says

    I’m also trying to manage my carb intake so do you think i could substitute organic stevia, powder or liquid drops, for the honey? I look forward to your reply as I love your recipes! If only honey will do it just means they will be made less often!

    P.s. – your butter chicken recipe is so ridiculously good! 🙂

  2. Layla says

    These look fab! What can I substitute for the pods? Maybe ground cardamom and how much?

    Thank you,


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