Whatever your diet and lifestyle may be, I think it’s important for tradition and celebratory reasons to end your birthday with SOMETHING that a candle can be stuck into. While my boyfriend doesn’t routinely adhere to the same food eliminations that I do, I know that he appreciates food that contributes to his health rather than takes away as well as treats that are free of refined sugar and do the least amount of blood sugar damage. This recipe fits the bill! Gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free. Elana’s Pantry is a great resource for baked good recipes that use primarily coconut and almond flour which are my top pick for gluten-free baking.
These were enjoyed post swimming, sauna-ing, and roaming around in the woods and water. Perfect birthday shenanigan fun fuel.
Elana’s recipe for vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting needs no adjustments. I only added 1 tsp of vanilla bean powder to the batter for an extra boost of vanilla flavor and swapped the grapeseed oil for melted coconut oil which worked great. This made 12 cupcakes. I highly recommend giving this recipe a try as I think this will be my go to for occasions that demand cupcakes. I also used the paleo chocolate frosting recipe which was dangerously good and spread on to be shiny & beautiful.
*Store these in the fridge and take out 30 minutes before serving so the frosting doesn’t melt & slip off the cake.