Dark and Stormy Apple Cupcakes

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1 cup plus 2 tablespoons King Arthur unbleached cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups peeled, cored and chopped Macintosh apples
1 small lime
1 stick room temperature salted butter
1¾ cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon dark rum
1 teaspoon lime juice


Preheat oven 350 degrees
In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside. In a mixer fitted with a paddle, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. On lowest speed add egg and vanilla until incorporated. Next, peel, core and finely chop apples. Zest one lime, cut in half and squeeze the juice of half the lime (reserve other half for frosting). Mix the lime zest and lime juice with apples. Pour apples in to the mixer and mix to incorporate. Slowly add dry ingredients scraping down the sides. Spoon batter in to lined cupcake pan.
Bake 20 minutes.
Remove and cool completely.
Using a hand or stand mixer beat butter adding small amounts (about 1/4 cup) of powdered sugar at a time. Beat frosting until creamy. Finally, beat the vanilla, rum and reserved lime juice in to frosting. Spoon frosting in to a piping bag and frost cupcakes.
Yields 12 cupcakes

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