Yeah, so I actually made this cupcakes back in July. But it snowed last night and when we woke up to a world covered in lovely fluffy white stuff, I remembered that I had promised to send the recipe to a friend many months ago (sorry, Kelly).
I started from this recipe, but made a few modifications that I think are essential to giving these just the right density. I made them gluten-free and they stayed moist and crumble-free for several days.
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs + 1 egg white
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1-1/2 cups gf flour*
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons buttermilk powder
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a standard-size muffin pan with paper liners.
Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand-held mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer running on low, add the eggs and egg white, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Add the extracts and mix well.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the gf flour, buttermilk powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until just incorporated. Stir in the apple sauce.
Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full with the batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Transfer the muffins to a baking rack and cool completely.
*I used the Gluten-Free Pantry French Bread & Pizza Mix, but you could substitute any all-purpose GF flour mix you have on hand, although I would recommend staying away from one based on garbanzo beans as these cupcakes have a rather delicate flavor that would likely get lost. I'm sure you could use regular wheat flour as well if you didn't need them to be gluten-free.
The original frosting recipe called for cream cheese, but my husband considers the addition of cream cheese to any dessert an "abomination" so I decided to try my hand at seven minute frosting instead. It was a snap to make and held up extremely well to the July heat and humidity. I will warn those of you unfamiliar with this stuff that it is very, very sweet (and delicious) but sweet. Ok, enough said.
I covered each cooled cupcake with approximately 2 tablespoons of the frosting which was plenty. The recipe made enough for at least two batches of cupcakes.
I then dipped the frosted cupcake into a bowl of shredded unsweetened coconut and, voila, a pretty and delicious cupcake emerged.