Baby’s Birthday Low-Sugar Chocolate Cupcakes

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

415 tin pear halves in juice
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


Drain the pears, reserving the juice.

Add the cocoa, sugar and 125mL of the pear juice into a saucepan, madly whisking it all together.

Bring it right up to a boil take off the heat and add the pears and leave for 15 minutes.

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.

Scrap the mixture into a silicon cupcake pan (or a non-stick)

Bake for 30-40 minutes; until a skewer comes out clean.

Happy Birthday to my precious angel!

Serve with a drizzle of chocolate or with freshly whipped cream.

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8 Responses to Baby’s Birthday Low-Sugar Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Terra says:

    Oh I love your addition of the pears, that sounds delicious! Your cupcakes look wonderful:-) Hugs, Terra

  2. Bri says:

    i’ve been looking for a birthday cake for my nephew whos about to turn one this weekend. ive been looking at different recipes and there has been none that have made me excited yet. i want a chocolate one and this is the only one ive found. and i think i like the idea of the pears! this sounds like the best one ive found!!! Im pretty sure this ones the winner and im going to try it out! thank you!

    • Laura says:

      I am so glad you found it. I was so proud of this recipe, it was so tasty and I didn’t worry about my daughter eating too much sugar. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  3. Karen Suzuki says:

    Planning on making this for my son’s 2nd birthday party. How many cupcakes does this recipe make? I’m hoping to make 36. Thanks for sharing. Very excited to have a tasty low sugar option.

    • Laura says:

      Oh I promise you will not be disappointed. Every parent who came to my daughter’s party asked for the recipe. They made about 24 cup cakes for me, although I used a special cupcake tin that wasn’t standard sizes. I would double the recipe to make sure you get 36.

  4. Karen Suzuki says:

    Thanks Laura.

  5. Karen Suzuki says:

    Hi Laura, Another question. The 415 tin of pears. Could you tell me how much that is in ounces? I’m in Canada and worried our measurements are a little different.

    • Laura says:

      There are about 14.5 oz in a 415g tin. I believe I was about to get 14.5-15oz tins in the US so hopefully you will be able to find something to work.

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