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Hazelnut Heaven Cupcakes

What you need: 

1 cup chocolate almond milk or soy milk
1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon hazelnut extract or 1 tablespoon hazelnut liquor
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or chocolate if you have it)
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup hazelnut meal (finely ground hazelnuts)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon corn starch (if batter seems to thin)

What you do: 

Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin pan with 12 liners.
Put almond/soy milk in large bowl and add vinegar, set aside to curdle. Meanwhile, assemble dry ingredients in another bowl, sifting if clumpy. To the milk solution, add sugar, extracts, oil and beat together for 1-2 minutes. Add dry ingredients and mix until relatively smooth.
Fill liners about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 20 minutes.
Wait until completely cool to frost. Frost with chocolate icing and if desired, add 1 teaspoon of hazelnut extract when beating ingredients together.

Preparation Time: 
An hour
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
12
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

This recipe looked great but I didn't have any hazelnuts or hazelnut extract.  Instead, I used almond meal and almond extract.  They turned out AWESOME, although I have to say it was the recipe, not my adjustments that yielded amazing results.  I think we will be making these on a regular basis.

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icephrosty, the frosting on your cake looks professional!! Can we have the recipe please!

I would suggest that you try the chocolate buttercream icing from VCTOTW.  I tend to eyeball things until it looks/tastes right to me, but it's hard to put that into a recipe!  Add some hazelnut extract to the mix if you have it, it makes a big difference.  You can make cupcakes look professional so easily - just use a frosting bag and a large star tip!

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icephrosty, the frosting on your cake looks professional!! Can we have the recipe please!

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I WANT TO MAKE THESE SO BAD. Where do I get hazelnut meal?

I just ground up some hazelnuts in my food processor, but you can also buy it in bags at some  food stores.  I think it's way cheaper (and pretty easy) to grind them up yourself.

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I WANT TO MAKE THESE SO BAD. Where do I get hazelnut meal?

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