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Beaver Cupcakes
These treats are quick and easy to make and decorate. So keep the kids as busy as a beaver with an afternoon of fun.
Source: Canadian Living Magazine: July 2008

Portion size 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

1/2 cup (125 mL) cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
1-1/4 cups (300 mL) sifted cake and pastry flour
1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, softened

Chocolate Icing:

3/4 cup (175 mL) butter, softened
1/4 cup (60 mL) whipping cream
1/2 tsp (2 mL) maple extract or vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups (375 mL) icing sugar
1 oz (28 g) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled

Decorations:

24 candy-sprinkled dark chocolates, (such as pearls)
24 coloured quins or small candy
12 chocolate-covered cashews
24 blanched sliced almonds
12 small milk chocolate-covered digestive biscuits

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