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Fresh Ginger Cupcakes

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Fresh Ginger Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3/4 cup light (or mild) molasses, such as grandma‚Äôs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup packed, peeled, and minced fresh ginger (from about 1 [5-inch] piece)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 recipes whipped cream cheese frosting
  • 1/4 cup small-dice crystallized or candied ginger, for garnish (optional)
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