“The Reese’s Cupcake” | Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sunbutter Frosting

Last week was my dad’s 51st birthday. Last year, I missed the opportunity to do something really special for his 50th birthday, despite my Grandfather telling me numerous times that I needed to plan something for that special b-day. Sorry Grandpa…I failed you that time!

This year I really wanted to make it up to my dad. I am very fortunate to have two EXTREMELY loving parents. My parents are divorced, and what comes with divorce is usually not easy, and we all have definitely had our difficult times. There were times I hated my mom, times I hated my dad, and times I hated my step-mom. Although we had our tough times, through it all I ALWAYS knew I was loved. Even though I thought my dad was tough as nails, and strict, and even scary sometimes, I always knew how much he loved me, because he never hesitated to tell me. I knew I was his baby girl always, and that I was one of the most important things in his life. As children, it’s easy to put meaning to things your parents do or don’t do, and it’s easy to become the victim and make them wrong. What isn’t so easy is looking past the mistakes your parents may make (because, well, they are human too) and acknowledging the fact that no matter what, they love you and that is the most important thing in the world.

This year for my dad’s birthday I really wanted to show him how much I love him, and how important he is to me. So Bill and I cooked him a special dinner, and had him, my step-mom, and my brother over for a fun evening. We showered my dad with some gifts, and being the Paleo dork that I am, a huge jar of coconut oil, and a ton of PaleoKits were definitely in his gift bag. We also got him a gift that we knew he would really want, but he was definitely excited for the PaleoKits also!

My dad isn’t a huge dessert person. He likes sweets, but he doesn’t go crazy over them, so I really wasn’t sure what to make for his special day. All I knew was that I wanted him to blow out a candle and make a wish, so I had to make something tasty. I decided to make what Bill and I were calling “The Reeses Cupcake” A chocolate, chocolate chip cake, with a sunbutter frosting. It was divine! We also served banana ice cream along side the cupcakes (frozen bananas pureed in our Blendtec), and both were a huge hit!

I was so happy that we could make that day special for my dad. I only wish that I could spoil him more often. Maybe one day…

Happy Birthday Dad. I love you, and am so grateful everyday that I have you!

“The Reese’s Cupcake” Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sunbutter Frosting

Serves: 12

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Crack 6 eggs into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add vanilla, salt, baking soda, maple syrup, and blend until smooth.
  4. Add coconut flour, and cocoa powder and continue to blend.
  5. Add melted butter or oil, and blend until smooth.
  6. Stir in heavy whipping cream, followed by the chocolate chips.
  7. Place cupcake papers into cupcake pan and pour batter into each cup.
  8. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven, allow to cool, frost, and refrigerate until serving.

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    1. cyndye
      April 17, 2012

      The sunbutter frosting calls for 1.2 cups palm shortening. What would that be in standard measuring cup size?

    2. April 17, 2012

      That was a typo – it should have read 1/2 cup. Thanks for pointing it out for us!

    3. DNONeill812
      April 24, 2012

      Can you use almond butter in place of the sunbutter for the frosting?

    4. April 24, 2012

      Yes, but it will not have the same flavor as the recipe intends. Sunbutter is naturally sweeter and smoother than almond butter.

    5. DNONeill812
      April 30, 2012

      Is there anything I can use in place of the red palm oil shortening for the frosting? I have checked several stores with no luck finding it. Any help?? 🙂

      1. May 1, 2012

        Hi there – to clarify, the ingredient isn’t RED palm oil, it’s just palm oil. This ingredient can be a bit confusing to find, and in this case, you really need to use it. You’re actually looking for the Spectrum brand “Vegetable Shortening”. When you check the ingredients, you’ll see it is palm shortening. Hope this helps!

    6. psotom01
      May 1, 2012

      Hi, I just finished the mix and it seems very watery. It seems that it needs more flour? It’s only 1/2 a cup of coconut flour?

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