Sheared Bliss


When the going gets tough . . .
November 1, 2010, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Baking, Food | Tags: , , , , ,

Wow.  I’m not really sure where October went.  Did any of you see a speeding month zoom past you?  Actually, now that I think about it, it was really just the last week or two of October that went past like a snowball rolling down the hill.  I had an intense week of training at work.  On top of that, I was pretty heavily involved in the Halloween program at the museum (more on that later after MommaCodeMonkey sends me some pictures).

Well, you know what they say.  When the going gets tough, the tough get baking!

Gluten Free Orange Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Adapted from Easy Gluten-Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbone

  • 1 1/4 cups white rice flour
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • zest of 6 clementines
  • juice of 12 clementines (about 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Whisk together all dry ingredients.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla and zest.  Add half of the dry ingredients.  Add half of the juice.  Add the rest of the dry ingredients and juice.  Mix batter for 1 minute.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon batter into muffin tins lined with muffin papers.
  6. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  7. Cool thoroughly and frost with chocolate buttercream.

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 4 cups (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Sift together dry ingredients.
  2. Cream butter until light and fluffy.  Add dry ingredients and beat until combined in a stiff paste.  Slowly add in milk and vanilla and beat until smooth, fluffy, and creamy.

Pardon me while I go lapse into a sugar coma now.

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