Paleo chocolate cupcakes and homemade hot chocolate

Kids’ birthdays can be super fun or super stressful. I’ve always erred on the side of less prep and less planning. I’m not sure my guests always appreciate this, but it’s my jam and I’m not sure I’ll be changing anytime soon.

I pulled out this amazing, handmade bunting from Frederick's first birthday. I cut off the
I pulled out this amazing, handmade bunting from Frederick’s first birthday. I cut off the “1st” signs and hung it as two pieces. This demonstrates how much I love decorations, but sometimes time and energy prevent me from making something new!

I usually stick to super simple snacks and a few activities where kids can entertain themselves for the most part. While I fully and wholeheartedly support any and all parents who throw super amazing parties, and I have my fair share of friends who do so, it’s never been my strength or gift. So, friends who do this and do it well – keep it up! I’m so impressed and happy to watch you flow in your sweet spot.

They use just a few ingredients: chocolate chips, coconut oil, eggs, cocoa powder, coconut flour, salt, vanilla, and baking soda. The ganache is chocolate chips and coconut milk.
These cupcakes use just a few ingredients: chocolate chips, coconut oil, eggs, cocoa powder, coconut flour, salt, vanilla, and baking soda. The ganache is chocolate chips and coconut milk.

After celebrating Frederick’s 3rd birthday today, a few friends asked that I post the recipes I used for the cupcakes and hot chocolate. The cupcakes were from a recipe I found off Pinterest. They’re paleo chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting. Click here for the full recipe! They’re quite simple and straightforward to make!

The homemade hot chocolate is fairly easy. You can use any milk you want. At the party, I used coconut milk from a can for one batch and whole milk for another. Here’s a breakdown of ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sweetener (sugar, maple syrup, honey)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • splash of vanilla

In a pan on the stove mix the cocoa powder, sweetener, and salt with just enough water to make it thick and syrupy. Add the milk and heat until almost boiling. Throw in a splash of vanilla before serving and any other toppings – cinnamon, nutmeg, marshmallows, cocoa powder.

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