“I made these cupcakes for a friends birthday and they were a total hit! They still contain dairy and sugar, but I’ve given them a healthier twist by using spelt flour, coconut sugar and adding flavours through the use of vanilla and lemon. Super moist and luscious, they make a perfect little treat for a special occasion, and they look beautiful on your table!” 


  • 500g of fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut sugar, blitzed in a food processor to make super fine
  • 190g of organic butter, softened
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of good quality vanilla extract
  • 3 free range, organic eggs
  • 2 cups of wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bicarb soda
  • 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 1 cup of almond or coconut milk
  • Muffin tins and muffin liners
  • Flakes almonds to garnish


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tins with muffin liners. This recipe will make about 18 cup cakes.
  3. Divide raspberries among muffin liners so that the bottom is covered.
  4. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of coconut sugar over each of raspberries in each muffin tin and put aside.
  5. Add the coconut sugar, butter, lemon zest and vanilla extract to an electric mixer and beat for 8 – 10 minutes, or until the mixture is creamy and pale.
  6. Add in one egg at a time, beating well before adding another.
  7. Sift the spelt flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and almond meal into the mixture.
  8. Add your choice of milk and beat on low speed for 1 – 2 minutes.
  9. Spoon the mixture over the raspberries, pushing into all sides of the muffin liners and getting rid of any air pockets.
  10. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  11. Leave to cool for 10 – 15 minutes in the muffin tins and then invert cakes onto a wire rack or chopping board while still in the muffin liners. This helps the berries continue to set.
  12. Remove the muffin liners just prior to serving and invert on to your plate or platter.
  13. Garnish with some toasted flaked almonds if desired.