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Cupcakes, cakes younger and cuter sister that gets all the attention. We made these after a very long day of work and grumpy people. We’ll admit that by the time we both got home from our individual days it was quite late, almost 11. However, a cupcake always makes the spirit (not to mention the belly) feel a little happier; so it is our personal opinion that ANY time of the day is cupcake time. For our pick me up we decided on:

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chai Buttercream 

Cupcake Therapy

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Unsweetened Soy Milk

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup agave

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup gluten free flour (we used brown rice :), but I’m sure spelt would work wonderfully)

1/2 cup of dark cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat oven for 300 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, mix the milk alternative of your choice with the cider vingar. Let sit for at least 5 minutes or until well curdled.

Add coconut oil, agave and vanilla. Whisk until well combined.

In another larger bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Add the wet to the dry then mix until combined. Try not to mix too much more than necessary to keep the bubbles in the batter. This way your cupcakes will be nice and fluffy with air.

Fill a cupcake pan with liners or spray with oil lightly. Use the 1/3 cup to carefully pour batter into each cupcake nook. Let cupcakes cook for 25-30 minutes until nice and springy. They should look like little domes.

Fresh out of the oven 🙂

Place cupcakes in a cool spot to cool, and prep your Chai Buttercream Frosting!

Chai ButterCream Frosting

Brew one large tablespoon of loose leaf chai in 1 T of hot water. Set aside.

Chai Brewing

While this is brewing, measure out 1 1/2 -2 cups of icing sugar in a large bowl

add 1/4 cup earth balance

Use a hand blender to blend the mixture until a nice smooth texture forms. Add in tea, as well as the loose tea leaf. Blend again. Place icing in fridge.

*For best texture results, it is better to make the icing the day before and let it fully set in the fridge.

When you have either a) waited as long as your grumbly tummy and nostrils can handle, or b) exercised a very high level of restraint which we have yet to master, and waited until the cupcakes are completely cooled; Ice your cupcakes. Bite, fall in love, feel better and bite again. Repeat. 

Bite me. Love me.

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