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Zucchini, Pistachio, and Lime Cupcake Recipe

Perfect for anyone on a dairy-free diet, these tender cupcakes are delicately scented with fragrant cardamom and pistachio and drenched in a tangy, intensely flavored sticky lime syrup.  The zucchini may sound like an odd ingredient but it gives the cupcakes a wonderfully moist texture.


  • Seeds from cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • scant 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 oz. zucchini, grated
  • scant 1/2 cup shelled pistachio nuts, chopped
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 325 F.

Put the crushed cardamom seeds in a bowl with the egg, oil, and sugar, then beat until smooth and creamy.  Add the zucchini and nuts and stir together until well mixed.  Combine the flour and baking powder, then sift into the zucchini mixture and fold in.

Spoon the mixture into the paper liners and bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes until risen and golden and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To Decorate

  • finely grated peel and freshly squeezed juice of 2 unwaxed limes
  • 7 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachio nuts, chopped

To decorate, put the lime peel and juice, and the sugar into a saucepan.  Heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to a boil.  Boil for about 1 minute, then remove from the heat.  Stir in the nuts and let cool slightly until the syrup starts to thicken, then spoon over the cupcakes.

makes 12

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