Dolly’s Happy Birthday Cupcakes

Dolly's Happy Birthday Cupcakes by Eating with a Purpose

Confused by the title of this post?  Well, there is a story behind it.  This month’s Recipe Redux theme, “First Cooking Recollections,” inspired this recipe.  For those of you who know me well, it probably isn’t news to you that I have loved cooking since I was little.  I remember working alongside my Mom, who really taught me to feel comfortable following a recipe- and- how to fix one when things didn’t work out as planned.  My food science classes during my dietetics training really refined my ability to alter recipes and understand how ingredients will interact with one another.  My Mom has even noted that I have taught her a thing or two (a big feat in my eyes).  Long story short, these delicious pop-in-your-mouth chocolate cupcakes are one of my first memories with my Mom in my favorite place (the kitchen).  I “healthified” them, of course, for your eating pleasure!

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.