So on Monday we celebrated a very special day, it was my precious baby girl’s 1st birthday. I can’t believe that a whole year has already gone by. People always told me that the time would just fly by but I never truly understood what that meant until it happened. I really struggled with what to serve for her birthday cake. Call me mean if you like but I have made the decision that I would work hard at not introducing her to a lot of sugars until she is older and I didn’t want to just blow it all just because it was her birthday. While reading through some the recipes in my Feel Good Food magazine, I happened upon this recipe and decided to give it a try. It felt so fantastic to be able to have a wonderful cake that everyone enjoyed that I felt comfortable allowing Morgan to enjoy as well. I as actually a little surprised when the adults started requesting the cake recipe, not just because they wanted a low-sugar recipe for their little ones, but because they wanted it for themselves. It just goes to show that you don’t need a lot of sugar to make cake wonderful.
Baby’s Birthday Low-Sugar Chocolate Cupcakes
75g (2/3 c.) cocoa powder
100g (1/2 c.) sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
50mL (3 Tbsp) oil
3 medium eggs
225g (1 3/4 c.) plain flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
Pre-heat your oven to 170 C (325 F) Spoon the pears and cocoa mixture into a blender. Add the vanilla and oil and puree until smooth.
Pour back into a bowl and beat in the eggs. Sift the flour and baking powder together and slowly add into the pear mixture. Beat until smooth.
Happy Birthday to my precious angel!
Serve with a drizzle of chocolate or with freshly whipped cream.