Greek Lemon Cupcakes made with Greek Yogurt and Olive Oil.

May 16, 2012
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These cupcakes are based on a Greek cake made with yogurt called yiaourtopita, which translates into yogurt pie but is basically a syrupy yogurt cake. My version is lighter; has fewer eggs and does not contain butter (as the original yiaourtopita) I replaced it with olive oil and there is no syrup, but it is equally delicious and ideal with coffee or tea and a healthier cupcake for kids.

These are light, fluffy and very lemony cupcakes, using ingredients that everybody has in their kitchen, and the best part: they only take 10 minutes to prep.

Don’t be afraid of the olive oil, you won’t notice it taste-wise but you will notice it nutrition wise; this cupcake has almost no saturated fat, but mostly the good monounsaturated ones.

I use plenty of lemon juice and lemon peel, but you can use less, and you can also add poppy seeds too.

Greek Lemon Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt and Olive Oil.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 7 ounces low fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • Lemon juice from 1 ½ -2 lemons
  • Lemon peel from 2 lemons

For Lemon Glaze

  • Lemon juice
  • Powdered Sugar

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees F (180 degrees Celsius)

2. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners.

3. In a large bowl mix sugar and olive oil

4. Add the eggs and mix.

5. Add the yogurt, lemon peel and lemon juice and mix well.

6. In another bowl blend flour with baking powder.

7. Add the flour ½ a cup at a time to the batter while mixing.

8. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full.

9. Bake for 30 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

10. Let them cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and remove and let them cool completely.

Lemon Glaze
Add powdered sugar to lemon juice stirring with a spoon until you have a thick consistency that is pourable. The ratio is about ½ cup powdered sugar for every tablespoon of lemon juice.

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18 Responses to Greek Lemon Cupcakes made with Greek Yogurt and Olive Oil.

  1. Katina Kantzia
    May 17, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Your muffins look great and “sound” delicious!
    Nothing like the Mediterranean way of eating!

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      May 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Katina,
      Thanks! If you try them, let us know how they came out.
      Elena

  2. soberana
    May 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I made these and the flavor was great – but I substituted honey for the sugar and maybe that made it more liquid (although the batter was still perfect – like cake batter) and therefore, when cooked, the bottom of the cupcake was very oily and mushy. They still tasted great but I wondering if there is a way to make them with honey but reduce the oil and honey so that they are more cakey when cooked. Any suggestions?

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      May 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      I have not tried making them with honey, but great idea! Here are some suggestions: Use less honey than total amount of sugar since honey is heavier and sweeter. Reduce the oil rather than the lemon or yogurt which provide the lemony and tangy taste. Also a rule of thumb in regards to substituting with honey is to reduce the liquids by 1/4. So for every 1 cup of honey you use, you reduce liquids by 1/4 cup. So I would reduce the olive oil by about 1/4 of a cup. Good Luck!

  3. Kitty
    June 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    These cupcakes came out very aromatic, with a great and balanced taste. I made some changes i.e. used honey instead of sugar and followed the advice given about using less oil and honey. I also used corn oil instead of olive oil and the result was very good. I also used self raising flour with two tsp. baking powder. The cupcakes sank a little in the middle, but they still looked good. On the whole, a very good recipe, with healthy ingredients and satisfying results. Bravo!

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      June 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks Kitty! Glad you enjoyed them.

  4. kel
    October 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

    hi Elena!
    i’m looking forward to making these delicious and healthy treats!
    may i noe how many cupcakes can these make? i looked through the article but i cant seem to find the number of servings. sry if its there >.<
    thanks!

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      October 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Hi!
      It makes about 12-15 cupcakes.

  5. Diane
    February 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Hi,
    I was a bit confused as to how much 7oz of yoghurt equates to. I used 1 cup which seemed to be OK (don’t know if it should have been more). Still delicious.

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      March 6, 2013 at 4:49 am

      Glad it worked out Diane. 7 oz is about 200 grams.

  6. Irene Baveas
    April 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Going from Kitty’s response, I should use plain flour?

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      April 2, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Hi Irene,
      Yes. I use regular flour for this recipe.

  7. bessie bistekos
    April 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    made them! !!!! DELICIOUS! !!

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      April 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Great! Thanks Bessie

  8. T Gikas
    April 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Great recipe. Well done.

    I used this batter for a dessert pound cake with excellent results. Cooked it in a loaf pan on top of a cookie sheet at 325F on the middle shelf for about 50 minutes (this is a very moist but thick batter so cooking time depends on the type of pan used). Hint: Check for doneness with a shiny metal probe such as a cooking thermometer.

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      April 6, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks!

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