Spice Cupcakes with Cream-Cheese Icing

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1 ts Cinnamon
1/4 c Granulated sugar
1 lg Egg
4 oz Cream cheese; softened
2 tb Unsalted butter; softened
1/4 ts Ground cloves
1/2 c Unsulfured molasses; stirred
1 1/4 c All-purpose flour
1/4 c Vegetable shortening
1/2 cup water; boiling
1 ts Baking soda
1/2 ts nutmeg; Freshly grated

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In a bowl whisk together the flour, the baking soda, the spices, and a pinch of salt. In another bowl with an electric mixer cream together the shortening and the granulated sugar, beat in the egg, and beat in the flour mixture alternately with the molasses mixture, beating well after each addition. Divide the batter among 12 paper-lined 1/2-cup muffin tins and bake the cupcakes in the middle of a preheated 350°:F. oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Turn the cupcakes out onto a rack and let them cool completely. In another bowl beat together the cream cheese, the butter, and the confectioners sugar until the icing is fluffy and spread the icing on the cupcakes. Makes 12 cupcakes. Gourmet February 1992

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