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Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Frosting
Ingredients for Cupcakes:

* 2 cups almond flour*
* 1 cup Splenda*
* 6 Tablespoons butter * 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar * 1 teaspoon Singing Dog Vanilla Extract*
* 5 eggs, separated
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 5 Tablespoons Ghiradelli Unsweetened Cocoa*

Preheat oven to 325F.

Whip egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff. In separate bowl, using electric mixer, cream butter with egg yolks until light yellow and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and Splenda. Beat until well mixed. Add about 1/3 of whipped egg whites to the butter/egg yolk mixture and mix lightly. Fold the whole thing in to the whipped egg whites and fold lightly. Add 1 cup of almond flour and fold lightly. Add remaining almond flour, baking powder and cocoa and fold thoroughly, being careful not to break down whites.

Fill paper muffin cups in muffin tin about half full. Bake at 325F about 15 to 20 minutes until cracked on top.

Ingredients for Frosting:

* 1 pkg Dixie Carb Counters Vanilla Pudding Mix*
* 1 8 oz. container mascarpone or cream cheese
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 3 pkts Splenda*
* Half 'n Half (to thin to make spreadable if needed)

Whip mascarpone or cream cheese in food processor or with electric mixer until smooth. Add cream and mix again briefly. Add pudding mix and Splenda and mix well. Add Half 'n Half in 1/2 teaspoon amounts if needed. Makes enough to frost 32 cupcakes (2 batches) and will store in fridge or can be frozen. This recipe can also be spread in fudge pan, frozen and cut in squares as a treat.

Chocolate Pudding can be used for Chocolate Frosting or fudge.

Makes 16 cupcakes. 3 grams of net carbohydrate per cupcake unfrosted, 6 net grams when frosted.

Recipe courtesy of Low Carb Luxury