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Chili Cacao Mayan Cupcakes | by Gourmet-Mom-on-the-go
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Chili Cacao Mayan Cupcakes

Chili Cacao Mayan Cupcakes

with Vanilla Bean/Dark Chocolate Icing.

These were so fun to make!

Since cacao beans were used as currency by the Mayans, only the very wealthy could afford to “eat” their money. So, these cupcakes have real 23 carat gold flakes on them so you can eat your money, too. :) The garnish is a chocolate version of the Mayan symbol Hanab Ku. More on the story behind these on my blog.

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Taken on August 26, 2008