I hadn’t baked anything since before we left for NYC so I was kind of jonesing for some cupcakes, and these were a perfect match. They actually came straight off the package of Bob’s Red Mill quinoa flour that I was using. As far as gluten-free flours go, quinoa flour is probably one of the closest you can get, consistency-wise, to real wheat flour. When you bake with quinoa flour you end up with lovely fluffy sponge-y cakes. They do, however, taste like quinoa. So if you’re cool with that, then have at her.
Start by preheating your oven to 375°F and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
In a medium pot, melt 1/4 cup butter with 1/2 cup water and bring that to a low boil.
Whisk in 1/4 cup cocoa and remove it from the heat. Let it cool down from molten temperatures.
Sift 1 cup sugar, 1 1/4 cup quinoa flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda into a bowl.
Add in the slightly cooled cocoa mixture and mix that around.
Separate yourself 2 eggs. Leave the whites to come to room temperature, and mix the yolks together with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 cup sour cream. Mix those into the cocoa mixture (make sure it’s not too hot so you don’t curdle your yolks).
Now, whip up those egg whites until stiff and foamy and then fold them into the mixture.
Drop that into your prepared baking cups and bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the centre cupcake comes out clean. Let those cool completely on a wire rack.
While that’s baking, why not start with your icing? I pulled this from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Melt 1/2 cup butter in a medium pot over medium heat.
Add in 1 cup brown sugar and 1/3 cup heavy (whipping) cream and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Add in 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt and stir that in. Stirring occasionally, let the whole thing come to a bubble, and stay at a bubble for about 2 minutes, then remove it from the heat and let it cool enough that you won’t burn yourself on it. Because being burned by hot sugar is bad.
Beat in about 2-3 cups icing sugar, a little at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. If you find you’ve added too much, don’t freak out – just add a bit more cream and you’re all set.
Slather the icing all over your cupcakes. I tried to pipe mine but it was too thick so I went with slathering, but you can pipe it if you want. Giv’er!