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peach cupcakes with brown sugar frosting

it was at least 95 degrees in my kitchen while I baked these, but it was well worth it!

recipe via smitten kitchen

Gluten-free Adaptation with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

3 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free flour
1 ½  teaspoons baking powder

1 ½  teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon Xanthan gum
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated Nutmeg

1 teaspoon grated Ginger
½ cup (1 sticks or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
½  cup granulated sugar
½  cup dark or light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups (12 ounces) buttermilk, sour cream or full-fat yogurt
3 large peaches, peeled, cored, and chopped smallish (~1/3-inch dice)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 28 muffin cups with paper liners.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, Xanthan gum, salt, nutmeg, and ginger and set aside. Cream the butter, applesauce, and sugars together, beating until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl between each addition, and then the vanilla. Gently mix in the buttermilk, sour cream or yogurt. Stir in the dry ingredients and fold in the peach chunks.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake liners. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes for five minutes in the tin, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

1 ½ cup powdered sugar
2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
½  cup (4 ounces or 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4  tablespoons bourbon

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon ginger

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the sugar, ginger, bourbon, and vanilla, beat until frosting is smooth and light. Chill the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or until it thickens, then spread on cupcakes.  Return cupcakes to refrigerator, covered will last 4-5 days.

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