Organic Cupcake Recipe from Scratch

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While I very rarely eat baked goods, some occasions just call for cake or cupcakes.  Marty’s birthday is coming up soon and his one request was cupcakes.  Normally, I would head to the grocery store for a box of cake mix and go from there.  Since I started looking at ingredients, I knew this wasn’t going to work for us any longer.  Did you know that most cake mixes have corn syrup which is most likely from GMO corn and a variety of artificial flavors and food dyes? Since it’s fairly easy to make an organic cupcake recipe from scratch, I decided I would do that instead.

organic cupcake recipe from scratch

Organic Cupcake Recipe from Scratch

I purchase our organic and local food from our local food coop. Our grocery stores carry a very poor selection of organic products. If you live in a larger town or city, you may have better luck than I do.  Whenever possible, I buy local and organic.

I used organic sucunat as a sweetener in this cupcake recipe. Sucunat is pure dried sugar cane juice. Unlike traditional white sugar, sucunat is not refined and has the molasses mineral content that is lost in the refining process.  It is more similar to brown sugar however traditional brown sugar is just white sugar with a bit of molasses added back to it.  Organic sucunat has the mineral content that is missing in traditional sugars which makes it a healthier choice to bake with in my opinion. You can use sucanat as a replacement for traditional white sugar without adjusting the measurements in most recipes.

Organic cupcake recipe from scratch

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  • 1 cup organic, raw local milk
  • 6 farm fresh egg whites (organic)
  • 1 tsp pure organic vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups organic white flour (unbleached)
  • 1 3/4 cups Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sucanat
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 6 ounces organic butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened & cut up
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) of organic unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure organic vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp organic raw milk (or pasteurized if you cannot find raw)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin pans with cupcake liners if you use them or grease muffin pans to prevent sticking.
  2. Put milk, egg whites, and vanilla in bowl and beat with fork.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with electric beater on low. Add pieces of the butter slowly until it looks like crumbs.
  4. Reserve 1/2 cup of milk mixture and add the rest to the dry ingredients beating for one minute. Add the rest of the milk and beat until combined.
  5. Pour batter into muffin cups about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 15 -17 minutes or until they test done.
  7. Cool completely before frosting them.
  8. Beat the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk with an electric beater on low until moistened.
  9. Beat on medium until creamy and fluffy.
  10. Pipe or spread on completely cooled cupcakes.

organic cupcake recipe from scratch


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  1. I have a bunch of their products that I got at a conference. I guess I need to start using them more often if I can make treats like this!
  2. I am so tired of buying frosting in a can - I will definitely try out your recipe!
  3. This is a great simple recipe, I didn't know it could be so easy! I have to admit, 'making organic' kinda freaks me out a bit!
  4. Your pictures always make me so hungry. These look incredible and I love the organic ingredients!
  5. I have seen there line of products at our local ORganic Cupboard. I personally haven't tried it yet, but might have to. 
  6. Your cupcakes look delicious and I love that they are organic! I really need to start concentrating on making more healthy versions of my favorite baked goods!
  7. Looks delicious! I never have luck frosting things but may have to try again. The kids would love them!
  8. These look awesome, Ellen!! I LOVE Wholesome Sweeteners.  Fabulous company, and fabulous products.  I was introduced to them at a conference last year and love them still!
  9. Oh, I think this would be a fantastic recipe to create! i love the use of Sucanat! I want to give some of that a try. I'm always looking for healthier sweetener options.  I love the brand too! I purchase a lot of Wholesome sweeteners from our store, but I haven't seen some of these sweeteners. I want to give them all a try. I love that they have recipes on their website, for more ideas of how to use their sweeteners. 
  10. These look good. I've tried gluten free mixes and I think they are really good. They're different. 
  11. I like that they support fair trade, I've used their coconut palm sugar before and loved it, I'd love to try their different types of organic sugar for making my water kefir.
  12. Okay, so my confession is that I have never baked anything from scratch... ha... Thanks so much for this recipe, it looks amazing. 
  13. I just love Wholesome, we buy the big bags of sugar at Costco. 
  14. We LOVE Wholesome Sweeteners. I use their brown and white sugar. Didn’t know they had honey. I have to try their other products!(Let me start with this yum recipe!!)
  15. I learned they have a wonderful recipe section that even includes a section on featured chefs.
  16. I love baking from scratch. I truly believe the flavors are so much better. Going to add this recipe to the "Must Try" list! They look amazing.
  17. They have organic farming practices in Paraguay, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico.
  18. What a yummy recipe, and that frosting looks great!! I learned they are all Non-GMO verified!
  19. You are one busy baker! I haven't seen these products, but definitely interested. Sounds like a better option for sure. The cupcakes look DELICIOUS!!
  20. Oh wow! Those cupcakes look awesome!  I need to try these sweeteners!
  21. yummy! you amaze me with your yummy recipes! These look delicious! I have never heard of Sucanat before.
  22. Wow, those cupcakes look scrumptious! What a fantastic idea. I learned a little about Organic Sucanat today. Thanks for sharing this, I am very interested in trying it out.. asap! Thank you!
  23. Jessica Fortner says
    I learned that they have a "Fair trade, not aid " philosophy.
  24. I love Wholesome Sweeteners and love that they offer Raw Honey! Sucanat is an adjustment at first but we really enjoy the rich flavor it gives.
  25. I always learn something great when I visit your blog. I have been incorporating more organic foods into my diet, and will definitely be seeking out some of these products.
  26. I haven't looked for this brand before. My stores are always hit and miss in the organic section. I went to their site and learned that they support Fair Trade. 
  27. Oh, these look absolutely amazing. I could totally eat these, like, NOW.
  28. I think my eye balls just popped out of my head and I drooled on my keyboard! LOL Sad to say but I'm sweets driven and a good, organic cupcake is hard to find. These look absolutely amazing and I'm super impressed by the natural aspect of them :)I learned that they are Non-GMO verified which is one thing my family and I look for in our food choices! Thank you for the great giveaway AND the fantastic cupcake recipe.
  29. I'm bookmarking this! We try to stay away from GMOs too!
  30. I learned that they are the leading provider of sustainable, environmentally and ethically responsible sweeteners in the USA
  31. I learned that their product packaging is produced in a wind powered factory
  32. What a wonderful site! On top of having great products, there are sooo many recipes I want to try that use sweeteners I have or want to try!
  33. Michelle Proper says
    Marilu Henner, the actress is author of seven successful healthy lifestyle and cookbooks! Learn something new every day ;)
  34. Misha Estrada says
    I visited the site, and learned that they have a lot of great recipes featured.
  35. Jessica M. says
    I visited their website and read about their sustainability...I found out that they harvest from organic coconut palm trees that produce for 25-40 years and are not cut down. This is so interesting and important...
  36. I like this recipe. I don't think I have ever seen raw organic milk though. Might have to try it with regular milk.
  37. iamalighthouse says
    I didn't know they sold organic stevia!
  38. Michele Behlen says
    I visited their site and was amazed at the different kinds of sugar that they have available. I didn't realize there were so many.
  39. Brittany Thomas says
    I didn't know they had more than just the basic sugar! Cool!
  40. Maryann D. says
    I learned that Wholesome Sweeteners holds fast to a "Fair Trade, Not Aid" philosophy.  I think this is wonderful for farmers and we do try to buy fair trade products often.
  41. Heidi Stane says
    I'm always on the lookout for recipes using natural ingredients. Sounds good! ;)
  42. I learned that Sucanat is made from 100% certified organic sugar cane. and contains all of the cane's natural molasses, So cool. 
  43. I learned that they believe that farmers who feed the world deserve a fair price for their crops.
  44. Their products are both fair trade and non-gmo certified
  45. Ellen is a pretty blonde lady that does things right. You're busy being a mom of 2 teens and love cooking, crafting, family, & the country life. Everything as it was when I was young. Wholesome Sweeteners has great proudcts, which I use a lot of. The organic sugars can all be found in my kitchen, in various amounts. I'd love refills. They're a great company, so Ellen is a great fit with them.
  46. Kobi Hensley says
    The fact that they have been in business since 2001 and they make a commitment to make the best tasting sweeteners leave the smallest footprint to the earth as possible.
  47. I learned about their blue agave sweetener which I've been curious about. It's neat that it is a low glycemic sweetner and since it is sweeter to the tongue you use less than normal.
  48. Robin Miller says
    I learned that Wholesome Sweeteners is fair trade- that's awesome!
  49. I love that their products are non-gmo, that is very important to me. 
  50. Non GMO
  51. I learned that the company "Wholesome Sweeteners" supports fair trade, sustainability, and is committed to Non-GMO growing practices!  Hooray!
  52. Priscilla S. says
    I learned that their agave is cultivated and processed without chemicals or genetic modification.
  53. Cassandra D says
    I learned that they are fair trade.
  54. I learned that organic powdered sugar is available...never seen it before!
  55. Dana Beeman says
    I learned that on the farms in Indonesia they, and the surrounding area, are powered by fuel made from sugar cane. / danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com
  56. I learned that they are GmO free.  
  57. I learned that they are fair trade, socially responsible and offer some delicious recipes on their website.
  58. I learned their sweeteners, if properly stored, have a 3 year shelf life!coriwestphal at msn dot com
  59. I learned that bagasse is used sugar cane and it is used as fuel for the boilers that power the sugar mills and surrounding villages.
  60. I learned that they support farmers through Fair Trade - I love this company.  I called this company once since I couldn't find their products where I lived and got a great response.  Check out my blog post about it:
  61. The have a lot of kids of sugar. I love their brown sugar.
  62. I grew up on the NH seascoast. While it's not exactly rural, we did eat pretty much everything organic and most of our veggies came straight out of the garden. Eating organic in South Florida is SO expensive! People are into the gimmick side of healthy living down here and it's been really hard to find products "worth" spending the money on. Wholesome Sweetners looks like an honest company that has my "kind" of values! Your blog makes me miss home so much!
  63. I've never tried any of their products but it looks like they have a great variety. I checked out their page and learned that it isn't a page to visit when you're hungry or have a sweet tooth because now I want to eat something sweet. The recipes look awesome! I'm a fan of Stevia so it was nice to see they offer it in bulk as well as in packets.
  64. I learned that Wholesome Sweeteners are proudly fair trade!
  65. Wholesome Sweeteners believes in protecting the environment through sustainable farming
  66. Angela Zimba says
    NON GMO :)
  67. I learned they have alot of great ideas about how to use their products as well as a featured chef section--maybe you'll be featured there next :)
  68. I learned that the Fairtrade premiums from the sale of Organic honey in Mexico are used partially to build schools and healthcare centers. Very cool.
  69. Organic sucanat has lots of trace minerals. 
  70. I learned that all of their products are all natural!
  71. We would just love this cupcake! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  72. Derrick Johnson says
    Great recipe! I would love to try this one out!


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