These Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes are the berry best. They’re made with real strawberries and Lifeway Oat in the batter and frosting. The succulent fruit gives these treats a sweet, bright flavor while the Lifeway Oat makes a moist and fluffy cake. Tender, light, and totally vegan, each bite of these Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes is a joy for the senses.
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- 1/4 cup fresh strawberry purée blended fresh strawberries
- 1/4 cup unsweetened strawberry applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 3/4 cup Strawberry Oat
- 1/3 cup organic raw cane sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 cup gluten-free baking flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Garnishes: fresh strawberry and lemon slices
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then line your pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
- Make your strawberry purée with fresh strawberries in a food processor first, then add to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the remaining wet ingredients: unsweetened strawberry applesauce, vanilla, lemon juice and zest, and Strawberry Lifeway Oat.
- In a separate bowl, sift your flowers with the cane sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Add to the bowl with the wet ingredients, and blend with a hand mixer.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared cupcake liners in your pan, and then bake for 20-22 minutes. Watch them to make sure the tops start to turn a golden brown and they smell fragrant. Don't overbake! Test with a fork to make sure they come out clean. While they're baking, prepare the frosting.
- To make the frosting, blend the Strawberry Lifeway Oat with the freeze dried strawberries and lemon juice. Add to a bowl, stir in the powdered sugar to get a thick mixture (not too thick, but thick enough to spread). Keep this in the fridge until ready to frost the cupcakes.
- Once the cupcakes are done, let them cool completely on the counter for at least 45 minutes, then frost with the prepared frosting. Serve and enjoy!