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Chocolate Sesame Cupcakes

Enjoy this sweet recipe with your child for a boost in brain development.

Recipe Source: 

Smart Bites for Baby: 300 Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Love Meals that Boost Your Baby and Toddler's Brain by Mika Shino (DeCapo Press, 2012)

Number of Servings: 

6 to 8

  • 3/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c ground sesame (or ground walnuts)
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c warm water
  • 3/4 c buttermilk
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1-1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp white sesame for decoration
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Prepare muffin tray with cupcake liners.
  3. Sift together the cocoa powder, flour, flaxseeds, sesame, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, brown sugar, and vanilla until well blended and smooth.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture into the egg mixture and mix well.
  6. Fill each muffin cup 2⁄3 full with the batter, then sprinkle each with a bit of sesame.
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, and let cool.

These cupcakes have ground sesame, which give them a dense texture and a nutty consistency. If your child is allergic to sesame, you can replace the sesame with ground almonds or ground wheat germ.