March 14, 2014

Peruvian Chocolate Cupcakes

Our sweet little bundle of joy is turning a 'teen' today. Yes, he is 13 today. It has been a rewarding 13 years filled with joy, sorrow, pride, smiles, tears and above all…lots of love !! We were sort of immature parents to begin with and we have been learning about parenting as he was growing up. That was a lot of fun even with all our impatient disciplining and reasonably high expectations (just like any other Asian immigrant parents). He has grown up to be a very mellow, patient and kind young man, and we are so proud of him.

He has been so patient with all our changing food habits - from our 'american influenced convenience based ignorant diet' to our ‘whole foods clean eating’. He would stand by me with any of my successful and failed kitchen health experiments, and gobble up most of the times without much complaint. He also brings in his interest in geography and travelling into our kitchen. He inspires me to cook different dishes from all over the world.

This month his class has been learning about Peruvian cuisine in their Spanish class and he suggested that I cook some Peruvian dishes that he can share with the class. He also helped me find some recipes and we finalized on Arroz con mariscos (seafood rice) and Torta de Chocolate (chocolate cake) from the peruana cucina. Peru is known for seafood and cacao, and incidentally both are favorites of my son (and us as well). I decided to do it on his birthday so that his friends can enjoy it as his birthday treat.

I usually don't like making desserts with loads of sugar (even though I only use organic unrefined coconut palm sugar). I try making desserts with half (or even less) the sugar quantity specified on recipes. Today I am going easy on that and have added an equal amount of coconut sugar (in place of the regular sugar) that the recipe called for. I am reducing the serving size instead, as I am making smaller portions of the cupcakes. I use organic unrefined cacao for the pure cacao flavor and topping with the purest form of cacao, the organic unrefined cacao paste, mixed with dates and sprinkled with coconut.

For The Cake: 
  • Organic unbleached all purpose flour - 1 cup
  • Sea salt -1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda - 3/4 tsp. 
  • Organic raw cacao powder -1/3 cup 
  • Virgin coconut oil - 7 Tbs (melted to room temperature) 
  • Pure vanilla essense- 1/2 tsp
  • Organic whole milk - 2/3 cup
  • Unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar - 2 tsp 
  • Free range organic egg -1
  • Organic coconut palm sugar - 3/4 cup 

  • Preheat oven @ 350 F
  • Add flour, salt, baking soda and cacao into a bowl and mix well.
  • Add coconut oil and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl mix milk, vanilla & apple cider vinegar. Let stand for 5 min.
  • Mix the milk mixture with the flour-oil mixture.
  • Beat egg in a bowl add sugar and mix well.
  • Add egg mixture to the batter and combine everything well.
  • Line 15 cupcake molds with paper liners.
  • Pour about 2 Tbs of batter into each - fill about bottom third of the molds.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Let it cool completely on wire racks.

For the creamy chocolate frosting:
  • Raw organic cacao paste - 1/3 cup (shavings)
  • Organic dates - 6-8 
  • Organic whole milk - 1/3rd cup
  • Raw honey - 2-3 Tbs
  • Virgin coconut oil - 2 Tbs
  • Pink himalayan salt - a pinch

  • Warm the milk and soak the dates for 30 minutes to soften.
  • Blend the dates along with the soaking milk, honey and coconut oil till nice and creamy. Add cacao shavings and blend till cacao is melted and the mixture is creamy. Don't over mix. 
  • Frost cooled cupcakes with a heaping tablespoon of the creamy chocolate. Optionally sprinkle shredded coconut on top. Set aside to set. 
  • Enjoy!

This is shared at:

Hearth and Soul Blog Hop

The cake recipe is adapted from:


  1. These look delicious....awesome combination for the frosting...can't wait to try it :)

  2. Bleated birthday wishes to your son. Hope he had a wonderful birthday. Delicious Peruvian chocolate cupcakes thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

    1. Thanks for the wishes Swathi, yes he had a great 13th birthday :-)


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