Fat + Refined Sugar Free Lemon and Honey Frosting... that still tastes like frosting.

March 18, 2015

Full disclosure: I really wanted to show off this awesome skinny frosting atop an equally virtuous cupcake. I've been playing with a fat and refined sugar free recipe but it's just not quite right at the moment and i'm not about substandard cake.

For now this fat and refined sugar free frosting is slathering some lemon and poppy seed cupcakes and making this tea time treat just a little bit better for me!

You can use this recipe as a great all purpose cupcake base, you can add in your own flavours or keep it classic. 

By my calculations, compared to a standard cream cheese or vanilla frosting, this recipe has about a quarter of the calories and about a fifth of the fat.


8oz / 1 cup fat free cream cheese
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon to garnish
1 tablespoon of poppy seeds to garnish (optional)


Whisk together the cream cheese with the lemon juice to loosen it up a little before adding the honey, this'll make sure that the honey is mixed in evenly throughout the frosting.

Spread over your cake then garnish with freshly grated lemon zest- I used a microplane grater as it creates lovely tiny, thin slivers of zest so you don't feel like you're chewing on bits of rubber bands!

As my cupcakes have poppy seeds in them I also sprinkled over a teaspoon of these to give a little crunch and some great colour. If you have something else in your cake then use them as a garnish, when taking traditional fats and sugar out of thing I find it's always a winner to add in as much natural flavour as possible. 

When switching to more natural sugars it might take a while for your taste buds to adjust to appreciate the more subtle sweetness and flavours, especially compared to the in-your-face refined, chemical ones they're used to!

If you've got blue berries in you cake smush them up into a bright purple drizzle; sprinkle over some finely chopped mint; dab the wet frosting into shaved, unsweetened coconut or chopped nuts, there are loads of options for adding flavour without adding more sugar!

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