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Chocolate cupcakes sweetened naturally with coconut sugar!
For the cupcakes:
Line a cupcake pan with liners (recipe makes roughly 17).
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, applesauce and coconut sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
Add half of the flour mixture into the wet mixture, then add the milk and mix to combine. Then add the rest of the flour mixture. Beat well until combined.
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Let them cool before frosting.
For the chocolate buttercream frosting:
Using a blender, blend coconut sugar and cornstarch for at least 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally and continue until you get a really fine powder.
Pour the blended mixture into a large bowl. Add all of the other buttercream ingredients and whip until smooth and creamy.
Pipe or spread onto cooled chocolate cupcakes. Top with natural sprinkles, nuts, or shaved chocolate if desired.
These cupcakes are all about decoration. My favorites are the monster cupcakes. They are colorful, fun and so easy to achieve the cuteness. No piping skills required. I guarantee you. You can go as crazy as you want. After all they are monsters.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!