Yes, these are named celebration cupcakes, but we made them just because. And, because I've had a major sweet tooth. These cupcakes have healthy ingredients but don't let that fool you into thinking they are low fat or low calorie. They are perfect for a child who is on a high fat, high protein diet, which is another reason I made them. Our little peanut, Neena, is a whopping 18 lbs at 14 months old so we're trying to fatten her up a bit, and these cupcakes have all the essential fattening ingredients in them.
The recipe comes from a great little recipe book, The Petit Appetit Cookbook:Easy, Organic Recipes to Nurture Your Baby and Toddler, by Lisa Barnes.
1 cup organic whole-wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup organic wheat germ
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon dried ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 large egg
4 oz softened cream cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons honey
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with baking liners or grease cups to prevent sticking. In a medium bowl, combine flours, what germ, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Combine buttermilk and applesauce in a small bowl. In a large bowl with an eletric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg to butter mixture and continue to beat. Alternatley add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture and beat to combine.