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.

8 thoughts on “Baby’s Birthday Low-Sugar Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. 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!

    • 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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.

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