Celebratory Cupcakes & A Note of Thanks

The children suggested we have celebratory cake this evening in honour of this little space on the internet. Yesterday, the finalist list in the inaugural Irish Parenting Blog Awards was announced and Simply Homemade is there in the Best Homespun Blog category. To say I am shocked and overwhelmed is an understatement.


I am extremely grateful to those of you who nominated Simply Homemade, helping me reach the long list, where to be honest, I assumed my journey would end. I am flabbergasted to be among the finalists, a massive big thank you to my fellow bloggers who voted for me.

Quite a few occasions in our home are celebrated with cake, quite often cupcakes. Quick to prepare, not too big & deliciously indulgent. In keeping with tradition, and chuffed that the children want to celebrate this occasion, I made these little cakes whilst they were in school today. Trying to keep refined sugar to a minimum, these are sweetened with maple syrup. This recipe is adapted from this one here on Love & Lemons



115g Plain White Spelt Flour
40g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
35g Cacao Powder
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
200ml Almond Milk
185ml Maple Syrup
70g Coconut Oil, melted
1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract


25g Dark Chocolate, I used 81%
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
3 Tbsp Almond Butter
1.5 Tsp Maple Syrup

cake for tea


  • Preheat your oven to 170C and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix together.
  • Add the wet ingredients to a second bowl and combine well.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well, ensuring everything is well combined.
  • Bake for 15 – 18 minutes, then leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • To make the frosting, place the almond butter in a bowl.
  • Melt the chocolate over a pan of hot water, stir in the coconut oil and maple syrup.
  • Slowly whisk the chocolate mixture into the almond butter.
  • Place a teaspoon of the frosting on top of each cake and voila….done!

cake tea

It was lovely to share these little treats with the children, Caoimhe & Abbie even made a little card!


The awards take place on the 25th April, wishing the very best of luck to the wonderful blogs who I am privileged to be alongside in the Best Homespun Blog category; Bumbles of Rice, The Busy Mama’s, The Nest and Where Wishes Come From; and of course, to all of the amazing finalists, you will find them all here.


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