Caramel Donut & Ice Cream Topped Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes

Guess what?? It’s my birthday! Yep. Earth Day is my birthday. What? You didn’t know it was Earth Day?? You’re weird.

This is how I’m going to celebrate my birthday: I’m going to start off at Snooze with my handsome man where I will stuff my face with a gluten free caramel apple pancake, then I will get my nails done, then I will cook something for you for tomorrow’s post, then I will play with my puppy and continue to hopefully teach him to not use his teeth for playing, then I will workout, then I will watch as many episodes of Game of Thrones season 4 as I can in one night before I pass out. Yep, that’s my plan. It may not be that colorful, but it will be delicious.

I’ll obviously be eating one of these cupcakes as well, but that was a given.

Oh. Speaking of Jackson (my puppy), he decided it would be fun to poop under our bed the other night. We weren’t on speaking terms for a while that night.

This will be my third birthday on my blog. The first birthday on my blog, I made Chocolate Cupcakes. I remember that day well. I spent the morning with Laura, then spent the rest of the day at Wash Park. Wanna hear something ironic? Wonderful. That day, my now boyfriend was suppose to meet me in the park. But he took too long, so I left. At that point, we weren’t together. I was just flirting my ass off and he was poorly responding to my efforts. The other funny thing is, in my Chocolate Cupcakes post, I talk about wanting a dog. And needing one in my life to love me unconditionally. Who knew that two years into the future, I’d be living with that hardtoflirtwithman and raising a dog with him. Awwwww. Tear.

Last year, I had just gotten back from the Dominican Republic and hadn’t really settled in to normal life. Normal life is no where near as fun as Dominican Republican beach life. But I ended up making myself a Mini Blueberry Lemon Birthday Cake. I honestly remember nothing from that birthday, except that the picture for that birthday cake was the first picture I took with my new camera. Before I had just been using my phone and a little point and shoot. Now I still put my camera on automatic. I’m the worst.

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Caramel Donut & Ice Cream Topped Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Yield: 10-12 1x



For the cupcakes

For the donuts

  • 6 dried medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt

For the caramel

For the ice cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt chocolate chips and butter in a large bowl in a double boiler or in the microwave until smooth and well combine.
  3. Stir in coconut flour, tapioca flour, eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Combine until well mixed.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop to add a scoop of batter to each muffin tin. I used a silicone muffin liner, but feel free to use a regular muffin tin with liners. Fill each tin 1/2 full. This should make 10-12 cupcakes.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through. Then remove from oven, place on cooling rack and let cool completely.
  6. While the cupcakes cool, begin to make the donuts. Place dried dates in a food processor and pulse to break down. Then add applesauce, melted coconut oil, and eggs to the food processor and puree until smooth.
  7. Add coconut flour, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, and a pinch of salt and puree once more until combine.
  8. *To make the donuts easy to pour and keep them a round shape, place donut puree into a plastic bag or pastry bag, cut the end off of the plastic bag so you can squeeze to mixture in a circle in the donut maker.
  9. Heat up a mini donut maker, grease the donut maker maker or pan, and use the bag to squeeze about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into each donut round.
  10. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until cooked through. This should make 10-12 donuts.
  11. Remove donuts once cooked through and let rest and cool on a wire rack.
  12. Lastly, make the caramel while the donuts are cooking and cooling. Find the recipe here.
  13. Once caramel is done cooking and is thick, place in a shallow bowl for easy dipping.
  14. Now time to make the cupcakes. Start stacking: a cupcake, topped with a scoop of ice cream, then dip each top of a donut into the caramel and place on top of ice cream.
  15. Serve immediately!

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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.


45 thoughts on “Caramel Donut & Ice Cream Topped Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes”

  1. I cant believe how amazing these look. You outdid yourself, Juli.
    Aaaaaaand HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I’m so thankful for you and all you’ve done to help people live healthier lives. You make eating real food and the paleo diet easy for people. Thank you! Hope it’s the best one!

  2. These look amazing!!! YUMM!
    My birthday was earlier this month..wish I had these to indulge in. Maybe next year!

    Happy Birthday Juli!

  3. Happy birthday to you!

    I always enjoy your posts as they consistently succeed in making me smile, but this one especially caught my eye today as it’s my birthday too (so naturally I of course also knew it was earth day – seriously people don’t know that?)

    Hope you have a lovely one, wish I was celebrating with you to share one of those badass cupcakes. Please feel free (maybe even obligated) to enjoy a second on my behalf.

  4. Happy Birthday! Your story about your boyfriend reminds me of me and my husband for a year before we dated, a lot of flirting on my end and him being clueless 🙂

    This recipe looks pretty unreal, not surprised at all coming from you! I will totally be trying it out ASAP!

  5. Happy Birthday! These look so yummy! These will definitely get made in the next week. Enjoy your day, sounds like it will be lovely!

  6. First off Happy Birthday and Happy Earth day as well. I’m so excited to be making these awesome cupcakes on my next 2 days off. Can’t wait for your new book to come out either.

  7. Happy Birthday and Happy Earth day ! Will definately make these for the next Birthday in the family. Love your awesome posts and recipes!

  8. Happy Birthday, Juli! These look amazing! I’ll have to make them next week for my birthday (April 30). Us April birthdays have to stick together! 🙂 Hope that it was a good one!

  9. Hey, these look fabulous, but I thought you were going to make something sinfully bad for your big day? LOL
    Hope your day was fantastic!!!

  10. Earth Day was my birthday too!!! And for dinner, I made your pork “peanut” veggie bowl – I adore it!! And I did some gardening after work and ate some radish greens because none of the early spring veggies in the garden are actually ready to eat yet 🙁 Hope you had a great birthday!

  11. Hope you had a wonderful birthday fellow Taurus! My birthday is Sunday and I requested these be made for me….fingers crossed I wake up to these 🙂

  12. Happy birthday! I’ve been looking for a muffin or cupcake using just coconut and tapioca flour and couldn’t find one until just now – reading your post! I have tons of coconut flour from an online ordering mistake (my fault – ordered too much) so been trying to find recipes to use it for. Almond flour is ok but really excited to try your recipe tonight. Hope you have a great day!

  13. Me again. Making the cupcakes now. I may have over mixed them with the mixer. The mix became like a mousse or frosting, but more like a mousse – sort of airy. I just realized I didn’t whisk the eggs first. I hope the cupcakes don’t become hockey pucks in the oven. The batter tasted like heaven though!

  14. Happy Birthday Juli. Now that is what I call a birthday treat! Please more pictures of the puppy. Notice how he doesn’t care if it is your birthday.Everyday is his birthday – he is so cute, so who cares.

  15. Happy Belated Birthday Juli. Sounds lame, I know…anyway, Love Games of Throne. Could watch it all day! Bad puppy. poop under bed is not adorable. hardtoflirtwithman is now called what? man? However, love the irony. Enjoy your threesome 🙂 Juli, Jackson and man (let’s give this John a J name and call you J to the power of three = J3. ok it sucks but it sounded cool in my head).

  16. Juli, do you have any suggestions of what I could use instead of tapioca flour in the cupcakes? It’s my husbands birthday today and I was hoping to make these but can’t find tapioca flour in my small town.

  17. happy belated birthday Juli ! Love your blog so much and your pics of course! hope you got spoiled by the bf !

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