Lemon and poppy seeds are a well-known combination, and these cupcakes add a zesty flair to any tea table or picnic basket. The fresh thyme gives a lovely botanical flavour to the cupcakes, making them a little more sophisticated. The ratio of lemon juice to icing sugar adds just enough acidity to the recipe to balance out the sweetness and rounds the cakes off beautifully.
Westfalia Fruit has four flavours in the avocado oil range: Plain, Garlic, Lemon and Butter – great to use in any recipe where oil is needed. I often use the lemon-flavoured avocado oil as it adds a citrusy aroma and taste to anything from salads and roasted or steamed veggies to chicken and fish. It is especially good when baking, like in these light and fluffy mini tea loaves.
In this recipe, the polenta and nuts adds an interesting texture and the lovely zestiness from the lemon-flavoured avocado oil is perfect with the hint of fresh herbs.