Happy Birthday to James! He turns 1 today. He has been such a blessing to our family with his sweet spirit and amiable personality. We decided to make him vanilla cupcakes, nourishing real food style with cream cheese frosting. For birthdays I typically use organic coconut flour with raw honey, but since I am out for the month, sprouted flour will be just fine. I also wait until baby is about 18 months old before introducing honey, so this recipe uses sucanat instead. In general, I try to use a lot less sugar than most recipes – even the “real food” ones. as to assist my children in developing a healthy palate for what sweet is sufficient for a body to handle efficiently and without recourse. Treats are just that – a treat and shouldn’t be the main event, nor should anyone be in a coma or hyper-active after enjoying. This way we can enjoy our treats daily – whether it’s a cookie after lunch, or homemade ice cream after dinner – and still be uncompromisingly nourished.
Nourished Style Vanilla Cupcakes
makes about 26 cupcakes
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup organic butter
- 1 tsp real salt
- 1 TB GMO free baking powder
- 4 pastured eggs
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 2/3 cup filtered water (or raw milk, or coconut milk)
- 2 cups sucanat
- dash of stevia
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- about 4 cups sprouted flour (each flour has its own texture and requires slightly different amounts of hydration, so just watch for a good cake batter consistency as you mix)
- Add ingredients to Blendtec (Vitamix) with wet ingredients first then dry.
- If not using a blender, melt oils and add all ingredients to a mixer and mix well.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven of 365 for 20-25 minutes (if you want them to rise, and 325 if you want them flat for frosting).
- Remove and allow to cool fully before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 cup cream cheese
- 1/2 cup palm shortening
- 1 cup powdered sucanat (I powder it in my Magic Bullet – 1 cup at a time)
- dash of stevia
- dash of pink salt
- scant tsp of vanilla bean powder (I got mine from our Frontier buying club)
- 2-4 TB goat milk, or any raw organic milk (using goat for the baby)
- Powder sucanat in Blendtec or Bullet – add 1 cup and let it run for 60 sec.
- Mix cream cheese and shortening.
- Add salt, stevia, and vanilla.
- Alternatively add milk and sugar until well combined.
- Allow to whip up at a higher speed until nice and fluffy.
- Keep refridgerated until ready to frost cupcakes.