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[*altered source recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes, The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook]
1 cup Gluten-Free Flour Mix (see above)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Saigon ground cinnamon (regular cinnamon works too but Saigon has such great flavor!)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk at room temperature
3/4 cup fine granulated sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter ( 1 stick)
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons heavy cream
3 cups icing sugar, sifted
PREHEAT oven to 350F
LINE 12 tin muffin pan with paper liners
IN MEDIUM BOWL, whisk together first 7 ingredients
WITH ELECTRIC MIXER, in separate bowl beat together buttermilk, sugar, oil and vanilla for 1 minute on medium speed
SIFT in flour mixture in 3 batches, mixing on low speed 3o seconds after each addition
FILL muffin liners 2/3 full
BAKE in center of oven for 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
LET COOL in pan 5 minutes then transfer cupcakes to cooling rack to cool completely before frosting
IN MED SAUCEPAN, melt butter over med/low heat
WHISK in brown sugar and salt
CONTINUE WHISKING and bring to a boil
BOIL for 2 minutes whisking continuously
REMOVE from heat
WHISK IN heavy cream
RETURN to stovetop and bring again to a boil slowly over med/low heat
IMMEDIATELY remove from heat
STRAIN through a fine mesh sieve into a heatproof bowl or into the bowl of your stand mixer
LET stand at room temperature for 1/2 hr
BEAT in icing sugar in 3 parts, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
FROST as desired. I used a 1M Wilton Swirl tip for these cupcakes.
TOP them off with any candy you prefer or leave plain. I opted for chocolate covered caramel balls.
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