It sounds unlikely, but a recently launched range of cupcakes are proving to be both healthy & irresistibly scrumptious!

The cup cakes are the first of a range of foods being developed by the Paris based company Petit Pois which they describe as ‘food that is delicious, healthy, and full of fun’.

The cup cakes contain no butter & have half the calories and fat of ‘normal’ High-Street cakes as well as being both gluten- and lactose-free, but the really surprising ingredient – used as a substitution for the butter – is vegetables. Nor are the cup cakes smothered in the usual mound of sickly icing! Each cake has a thin layer of icing and is topped with a little green pea indicating that these are cakes that are good for you!

As well as doing away with the need for copious amounts of butter, the addition of vegetables improve the texture of the sponge cakes by giving them fluffiness, softness & moisture as well as contributing to a naturally longer shelf life of 5 days without the use of any nasty hidden additives.

Made by a family bakery in Wales, & currently on sale in Selfridges, the cup cakes are sold in boxes of two different flavours that complement each other & include: vanilla and courgette, orange and pumpkin, lemon and courgette, chocolate and beetroot, chocolate & vanilla, & lemon & orange.

Petit Pois is the brainchild of Harriet – Harry Eastwood – one of the presenters from Channel 4’s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’, & business partner Ashley Maddox. Eastwood’s latest offering for the kitchen bookshelf ‘The Skinny French Kitchen’ also features the ‘tinkering with ingredients to lower the fat’ mentality.

Speaking about her desire to solve the problem of unhealthy cake eating Eastwood said: “You have to be a bit Willy Wonka about which flavours you pair with which vegetable – some vegetables enhance the flavours they’re with, such as parsnip and ginger, for example.

“I took a bit of a gamble and came up with the beetroot chocolate fudge cake. You can’t taste the beetroot yet the moisture levels as well as the general gooey, gungeyness were much better than any other cake I’d made and it was much healthier,” she says.

Currently only available at one of the Selfridges’ Food Halls in London, Manchester, or Birmingham, Petit Pois hope to expand the range to national supermarket chains over the coming months. They are also planning to introduce a new line of healthy, delicious, and fun Petit Pois delights in 2012. Now there’s something to look forward to!

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Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 7:33 pm
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