Birthday Honey Cupcakes. - The Magic Onions

Birthday Honey Cupcakes.

In a Waldorf Kindergarten, a child’s Birthday Celebration is a magical experience. The 6th birthday is a momentous milestone… the child is thought to transition from their Heavenly Being into their Earthly Being. They settle into themselves and find their footing among the earthly aspects of our world.
Today, we celebrated K’s 6th Birthday at school. A Good Man and I were invited into their warm and loving circle as K’s wonderful teacher and her sweet friends paid homage to this milestone. They sang songs to her and gave her their handmade gifts. And then The Birthday Story was told. We had furnished K’s teacher with little snippets from K’s life and she wove this history into the most wonderfully magical story of how K’s spirit chose us to be her parents. I admit that both of K’s parents shed a few tears as we heard our memories narrated in such a special way.
And then we sat down to a birthday feast of Birthday Honey Cupcakes and whipped cream. They were so delicious, and nutritious, and K and I had so much fun making them this morning that I want to share the recipe with you.
Birthday Honey Cupcakes

(makes 24 cupcakes)
4 cups of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
Half a cup oil
1 cup honey or real maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup apple juice
1 cup apple sauce
Oil the muffin tins. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift and set aside dry ingredients. Combine oil, honey and vanilla. Beat eggs and add to oil mixture. Add apple sauce and apple juice. Add dry ingredients alternately with the wet ingredients and stir until just mixed. Spoon into muffin tins three-quarters full. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool.
Recipe from ‘The Sugarless Baking Book’ by Patricia Mayo, Shambala Publications, 1979.


Let me tell you, they were yum, yum, yum!!
Happy baking,
Blessings and magic.
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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Oh!, Happy Birthday to K!
    We hope your new days of Six! are everything you’d like them to be!

  2. A very happy birthday to your adorable girl! I love the ritual and story. Will have to keep that in mind for when my youngest turns 6. Thanks for the cupcake recipe — it sounds delish.

  3. I love waldorf birthdays. Happy birthday to your daughter, and congratulations to you, 6 years is indeed a milestone.

    Thanks for the recipe, I am currently on the look out for delicious sweet treats that don’t make me feel so quilty!

  4. Thank you for the recipe, and happy Birthday to K! That sounds like a very special celebration.

  5. A great story about K’s 6th birthday. I fondly remember wiping my eyes when our eldest son (now 14) turned 6 and we heard his birthday story in his Waldorf school. Make sure you get a copy of the ‘Seven Year Old Wonder Book’ for her next year if you don’t yet have it!! It’s a ‘must read’.

  6. That looks delicious! We’re a far way off from a 6th birthday here (though the years are going faster than I can keep track of!)… but I’m sure we can find another reason to celebrate!


  7. Yum! Happy Birthday K! I look forward to trying out this recipe soon :)

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  9. Happy birthday, dear little girl!

  10. That recipe looks great! I love the idea of using honey instead of refined sugar!

  11. Happy Birthday to your daughter. I love the sound of Waldorf birthdays – it was one of the first things I heard about when I was discovering Waldorf, and it is so simple and beautiful, yet such a refreshing contrast to the over commercial, over hyped mainstream. Those muffins sound divine – will definitely remember them a baking session sometime soon!

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