Birthday Chocolate Cupcakes

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Sorry this post is coming to your so late. This weekend included not really looking at my computer. Sometimes you just gotta take a step back technology. And this was that weekend. Instead, I ate chocolate.

Why in the hell wouldn’t you have chocolate on your birthday? Or a Wednesday? Or a Friday? Or any day for that matter.

Sunday was my birthday. Laura took me on a brunch date to Duo where we were lucky enough to get to eat since they take reservation 2 weeks ahead of time…and we didn’t make reservations. So we chowed down on some egg scrambles. Then followed it up with make up shopping. Then made these delicious cupcakes to take to everyone at the park, where we spent the rest of our day. I love Wash Park. It’s like paradise, in grassy-volleyball-net-filled-fields form. Lots of half naked dudes. Lots of beer. And lots of dogs. Everyone has a dog. Except for me. I want my weener dog, right now. I need one in my life, to love me unconditionally. I can’t wait to have one, and name him gapedo. That’s a “J” sound. Like Juli, but GApedo.

I think CrossFit has made me boobs bigger. No joke. I think the muscle has grown because I no longer fit into any of my swim suit tops. Or dresses. So I felt super comfortable at the park while I looked like a bimbo. I wish I could have had CrossFit in my life when I was a bippity-boppity teenager. Life would have been way more exciting. And I think I would have been actually considered cool.

I burned my forehead in the park. Pretty sure I didn’t even get a tan anywhere else on my body. But my forhead is burned so thank gosh it will soon be tan, especially since I only wear headbands whenever I am in public places. Perfect. Just perfect.


Birthday Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Yield: 6-7 1x



For the cupcakes

For the frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add dates to your food processor and mix until the dates become a large sticky ball.
  3. Place all wet ingredients in the food processor with dates: coconut oil, coconut milk, eggs and egg whites and pulse until everything in the food processor is completely liquid.
  4. Add your dry ingredients to a bowl and mix well then add your wet ingredients from the food processor to the dry ingredients bowl and mix to incorporate.
  5. Scoop cupcake ingredients into your silicone or paper lined muffin tin and bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when you poke a cupcake. (Cupcake batter should not be super runny)
  6. While the cupcakes bake, make your frosting.
  7. Add your frosting ingredients to a bowl and place in microwave and cook for 30 seconds. Then use a spoon to mix and help not let the chocolate burn. Add back to the microwave and cook for another 30 seconds then use a spoon to mix again. Repeat until chocolate is completely melted.
  8. Place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes then use a fork to mash up the frosting and soften it up. I placed my frosting back in the microwave for 10-15 seconds just to soften in up to the right texture, but not melt the chocolate completely.
  9. Once your cupcakes are done cooking, let cool COMPLETELY.
  10. Frost your cupcakes to your liking then top with some mini Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips!
  11. Makes about 6-7 cupcakes

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


83 thoughts on “Birthday Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. Happy Birthday! Mine was Sunday also!! I ate chocolate carmel bars with out the coffee part. They were delicious!

  2. Happy birthday (a day late), Juli! These look awesome- I’ll make them in honor of you and stuff my face just the same!


  3. It’s all so clear to me now! I’m slightly obsessed with you because your birthday is the day before mine haha! Hope you had a great birthday! I can’t wait to try these 🙂

  4. Oh wow! My daughter’s 15th bday is on the heels of me finishing the 21 day sugar detox. I will totally make these to celebrate with her! So far, I haven’t gone wrong with a single recipe of yours that I’ve tried! You rock!!

  5. Perfect timing! My hubbies bday is tomorrow!! Guess I will make my way to the kitchen and transform into Paleo Crocker 😀

  6. That’s funny, because I’m pretty sure CrossFit ate my boobs. I look like an 8th grader. These cupcakes look frickin’ GREAT, though! Can’t wait to try them!

  7. I made these for my friend’s birthday today and they turned out great! I’m so excited to have an awesome go to chocolate cupcake recipe! Thanks so much, and happy belated birthday! =)

  8. Those cupcakes look ridiculous. As in amazing. Even if paleo – i’m afraid to make them because I know I will eat them all and calories still do count at some point.
    As long as you brought it up… I’m still waiting for Crossfit to make by boobs bigger. I’m like a lower case b cup these days, and very dependent on Victoria and her secrets to give me any semblance of a chest in normal clothes. Forget about it in a sports bra…

  9. “Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips”, could there be any better brand name?! Love it. Cant wait to try these cupcakes. Definitely won’t be waiting till my birthday to do so tho!

  10. I’ve noticed that my boobs fluctuate a lot with weight gain/loss! So, since crossfit/paleo has made me skinny, Im like a washboard. Nice for the abs… not so much for the chest. hehe. Happy birthday – I have two friends that share the same day as you (Earth Day too)! Always fun 🙂

  11. My boobs seem to be diminishing as I lose pounds… maybe building some muscle will pump some life back into them.

    This will be ideal next week for the Hubs 30th birthday.

    Happy belated B-day and thank you for existing and bringing charm to my day. 🙂

  12. Happy Belated Birthday! My kids saw these cupcakes, we made your caramel coffee cake this weekend and now they are really wanting these!

  13. i have not made any paleo treats yet…only been doing paleo for 1.5 mos…usually i have one cheat meal a week and I go all out (like for real sugar or carbs) but find that i typically feel sick after (especially with dairy…omg my body HATES dairy) so THANK YOU FOR THIS AWESOME IDEA!!!

  14. Any other great restaurant recommendations? Visiting the mile high mid May and I am all about the food, but despite the fact that I love to eat, I want to try to eat right while I am there…except when I am at Coors Field anyway.

  15. Happy Birthday!!! I agree with about stepping back from technology. I might a point to stay away from as much as possible on the weekends.

  16. Awesome recipe! I used figs instead of dates. My 6-year old and I enjoyed these tremendously! Love your blog!!

  17. So I had been using this coconut and almond flour I got on amazon and realized the reason all my recipes were turning out more dry than all my friends was that its a blend 🙁 and not paleo at all!

    I would like to attempt making these with almond meal… Think I will need to adjust anything for that?

  18. I notice that you specify “canned” coconut milk in many of your recipes. Is there a reason for that? I ask as I sit here drinking a glass of my coconut milk from a carton.

  19. i printed out this recipe for my husband to make me for my birthday. he didn’t have time, so i ended up making them the next week myself (for myself). wow! texture was perfect, not too sweet, and the topping brought out the indulgence. thank you thank you. i didn’t read that it makes 6-7 muffins till the end, so i had 12 small muffins. but that made it so that i could make 2 in a row!

  20. My son’s 5th bday party is Saturday and I was trying to decide on a cupcake recipe…Ding, ding, we have a winner!!!!!

  21. I made these for my sister’s birthday…MULTIPLE people who did not know they were paleo/gluten free whatever, thought they were the BEST CUPCAKES they had ever had. I put 1 c of chocolate chips inside the batter cuz I’m like that. And also, for the frosting, if you put it in the fridge for a little bit till it’s more solid but not totally hard, then beat it with an electric mixer, it gets whipped a little and looks/feels more like a classic frosting. yum!!

  22. my friend made these last night and they were amazing! personally i think they taste like someone made an almond joy into a cupcake and it was to die for! great recipe, i will definately be making these soon!

  23. Made these yesterday for my son’s 6th bday. They were a TREMENDOUS hit. Yowsers, yummy yummy! My sis-in-law just emailed me saying she dreamt of them last night and HAS to have the recipe. 🙂
    You will soon have another devoted follower. 🙂
    They were kinda spongy like angel food cake, moist, flavorful, the “frosting” on top was right up my alley – basically a thick layer of candy bar on top. Sigh . . . . I doubled it the recipe to make 12 . . . . . there’s only 1 left and if my hubby and son didn’t know there was just 1 left, I’d TOTALLY scarf it down when they weren’t looking. Grrrrrrr!!!

    1. double it all and you may have to cook it longer. i recommend cooking the batch in half so the don’t come out different from my recipes

      1. The 22-25 min. cooking time worked just fine when I doubled mine a few weeks ago. My bday was the 13th and I wanted to make them SOOOOO bad – was actually really bummed my hubby had other plans, which turned out yummy, but I was SO disappointed I’d lost my excuse to make them again. 🙂

  24. I want to try these for a friend who’s little boy has several allergies, one of which is eggs. What an I use for the egg/egg white sub? I know I can use chia seed or tapioca, but am stumpe regarding the whites. Any thoughts???
    Thanks so much!

  25. I made these for my daughter’s birthday because she found them and wanted a healthy dessert for her day. Wow!!! They were awesome. I took another persons advise and cooled the frosting then whipped it in my mixer. It was smooth, creamy and delicious. These are AMAZING!!! Thanks for a great recipe!

  26. Made this recipe as a cake tonight for my daughter’s 9th b-day. It came out sort of like a flourless torte. It was dense and chocolaty and supremely wonderful!!! A little more dense than the cupcakes, but AWESOME!!!

  27. I’m a DYING to make a chocolate cake for my daughter’s 2nd birthday in a few weeks. Are there any recommendations for baking these in 9″ round pans? Will it work, do you think?

      1. I’ll for sure double the recipe. Any suggestions on bake time? I don’t think it will rise like a “normal” cake, right?

        1. Hey, so I too am looking to make these for a birthday this weekend. When you say ‘double the recipe’ for 9″ round pans, is that for 2 pans? Just wanting to double check. 🙂
          These look fabulous! I love the blog. Been lurking through all the splendid recipes for about a month… so much I wanna try! Been making some here and there, don’t wanna go too crazy all at once. 😉 They are all marvelous!

          1. Yes, I would do one full batch in each pan (2 batches). I’m still trying to figure out bake time. I didn’t end up making these for my 2 year old, but I want to make it for my husband’s birthday on Wednesday.

  28. The cupcakes were crazy good! I loved them! The frosting was more like a candy shell even after whipping it, but I will definitely try it again. Thank you!!!

  29. I made these for a friend of mine for her birthday and EVERYONE fell off their chairs for a 2nd helping, including her kids. These were amazing. THANK YOU!

  30. This is the FIRST recipe I have tried that doesnt taste healthy! (lacking of real flavor) I am so excited!! THANK YOU!!

  31. thank you for this awesome and kid-approved recipe! 🙂 i added a dollop of a heavy cream/honey/cream cheese frosting on top (totally not paleo but made them even more delicious) for a kid’s birthday celebration.

  32. Well – I finally made these for a friend…and let it be known that I will be adding this to my cheat meal and doing damage!! these were amazing and tasted even better than “real” cupcakes! Thanks Juli 🙂

  33. Thanks for this! I brought it over to some non-paleo friends. I actually made a cake version and baked it in my microwave (I don’t have an oven), but it came out fluffy and moist and they loved it.

  34. I would just like to say that these are amazing! I have made them countless times and they have been a huge hit with everyone! Last week I made them into donuts and it was the best idea I have ever had. Thank you for this delicious recipe!

  35. These sound GREAT! I need to make some cupcakes for a wedding (client), that need to have NO gluten, soy, or dairy. These sound like they will do the trick. One question though – do you taste the dates in them, or are the dates more for bulk and texture? I would LOVE to eat dates in everything, but I’m not sure about the client… thoughts?

    Thanks! ts

  36. Cherish Pennington

    Has anyone make a cake with this recipe?! Will it work? I want to use it for my sons first birthday, and really want him to have his own little cake. Thanks!

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