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.