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Obviously this is not my recipe. I could never be that creative with props. Who thinks of a little bat in a cupcake? Adorable people, that’s who. And that’s exactly who I asked to do a guest post for me! If you haven’t met Vanessa and her wonderful blog, Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind, you must be not eating enough great food! Vanessa is not only extremely spunky and absolutely hilarious, but she creates food that is truly incredible. I would know, she’s fed me before. She once made me cheesecake. Insane. So happy early Halloween! Get ready for your parties and check out her blog for other treat ideas for your special, random holiday!


Well hello there PaleOMG readers! I am so ecstatic to be here today! Yes, I’m pretending like I’m on the Today Show. What? Like you don’t ever do that. You should hear my pretend Oscar speech I recite in the shower when I’m washing my hair. Don’t worry though, I brought something delicious with me, like I would show up empty handed.

First of all, let me preface this post by saying I heart Juli. Almost as much as I heart chocolate and that’s really saying something. You know how you just meet people sometimes and you hit it off immediately and you feel like you’ve known that person for years and then you want to invite them bowling this last weekend to celebrate your birthday because you always have so much fun with them but then you realize they don’t live in the same city so you can’t? Yeah, Juli and I are like that. She has supported my blog from the very beginning and we’ve had incredible conversations in the kitchen over mimosas just like two Paleo bloggers should. Juli is the best human being and if I could carry her around in my pocket so that we could go ride bikes, eat, cook, and have slumber parties together, trust me, I would. Do you think I can get her to move to San Diego? Or maybe just watch Sixteen Candles with me in PJ’s while we talk about how hot Jake Ryan still is. It’s like 30 years after that movie came out and I still want all up in his sweater vest.

I started eating Paleo a little over a year ago. You guys eat Paleo, you know how rad it is, so I don’t even need to convince you or tell you some long drawn out story about why I changed my lifestyle. Which is actually really awesome because then we can just talk about dessert. Which is why I’m here in the first place! Boom. Full circle in like one sentence and I’m not even done with the blog post yet. I’ve always had a bit of a sweet tooth. When I say bit, I’m being bashful. I OBSESS over dessert. OBSESS. Obsess like I will order dessert before my actual food or just order dessert in lieu of dinner. Whatev’s. Just bring it. I’m actually in the process of stalking a pastry chef because my birthday is this week and it’s my annual tradition to eat her dessert every year on my birthday and…*gasp*…she went to another restaurant and now the dessert is…*gulp*… unavailable. UNAVAILABLE? I’m sorry, what was that? I don’t think so…

Since I fell in love with Paleo I had to make room for some clean eating treats and hence, my blog was born. I try to include posts about real food but, who are we kidding people, this is me we’re talking about and to me real food is dessert. I’ve just had to tidy them up a bit. You know, take out the gluten, dairy, and legumes. No biggie. So today I have for you…drum roll please…Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spice Frosting. Why? Because I love you, but mostly because it’s…wait for it…oh heck, you’ve waited long enough…it’s PUMPKIN SEASON!!!! Can we roll out the red carpet, cue the marching band and throw the confetti now or what?! I’m so excited, pumpkin season is my favorite! I just want pumpkin everything! Seriously. Give me pumpkin flavored pumpkin, I’ll eat it. Wait, what? You get it.

Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my blog so read it maybe?

Web: http://cleaneatingwithadirtymind.com/
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Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spice Frosting

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  • Yield: 12 1x



For the Paleo Pumpkin Spice Frosting

  • 1 cup canned coconut cream/milk, full fat, refrigerated overnight (about 2 cans)
  • 1/4 heaping cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of pink himalayan salt
  • a few dashes of cinnamon to taste
  • a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice to taste
  • a few dashes of cloves to taste

For the Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup of blanched almond flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pink himalayan salt
  • a few dashes of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of enjoy life mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of full fat canned coconut milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of organic palm shortening or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 organic cage-free eggs


  1. To make the frosting: In a tall cup or bowl, put the hardened layer of coconut cream/milk from the refrigerated cans, equaling about a cup, along with the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Use an immersion blender or hand mixer to combine and whip the ingredients together. Add more spices if needed to preferred taste. Put in the refrigerator uncovered to thicken for at least 30 minutes while you make your cupcakes.
  3. To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cupcake pan with liners or grease thoroughly if you won’t be using liners.
  4. In a medium sized bowl combine your dry ingredients, almond flour, coconut palm sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, stir together with a fork and set aside.
  5. In another medium sized bowl combine chocolate chips and coconut milk and melt using the double boiler method. Stir consistently until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir in the melted organic palm shortening or coconut oil, vanilla and eggs into the melted chocolate and coconut milk mixture.
  7. Now fold your dry ingredients into the melted chocolate mixture until completely combined.
  8. Pour batter into the cupcake liners or pan and fill about 2/3 full, they will rise slightly when baking.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let completely cool before frosting. To frost, transfer the frosting to a decorating bag and use desired tip. Garnish and enjoy!

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  1. Brittany says:

    These look so good!

    My mom’s birthday is coming up and I need birthday cake ideas! Do you think this would be a good recipe to use?

    1. juli says:

      for sure

  2. MC says:

    Must say I had very low expectations due to bad past experiences , but I just baked these: they taste great!!! Disclaimer: I added a little bit of melted butter to the batter.

  3. Catherine says:

    Cupcakes came out okay but the frosting, which cost a small fortune to make I might add, NEVER got firm! I followed the directions to the T and the frosting was like soup! Made these for Thanksgiving and they looked so awful I couldn’t put them on the table with other desserts! Such a disappointment!! 🙁

  4. Vanessa says:

    These sound amazing, but I don’t have apple cider vinegar… how necessary is that ingredient? I just don’t feel like going to the store.

  5. Diona says:

    Does anyone know the nutrition breakdown for these? I am planning on making them tonight!

  6. Mel says:

    These cupcakes were AMAZING (and I didn’t use Honeyville flour!) So perfectly moist. So much better then Cupcakes in a box!!!

  7. Mary Beth says:

    Made a double batch of these for my friend’s birthday and wOW! These are so divine! The finished cupcake is like a slightly fluffy brownie. So delicious and good for you! My only problem was the coconut milk did not thicken properly but the frosting still tasted amazing. It thickened some when in the fridge for longer but still not on a frosting level. I’ll probably make these again because they’re so good!! Thank you for this awesome recipe!

  8. Jessica says:

    Delish! I used coconut cream (canned from Trader Joes) and that worked great. Added a ton of pumpkin pie spice, more like a tbsp than a few dashes.