This recipe was made for my friend Gina, who has a gluten and lactose free diet. As a long time vegan/vegetarian, I feel for people with dietary restrictions(I don't feel restricted really--just more creative), so I conjured up this recipe for her birthday cupcakes! I highly recommend making a Valrhona chocolate "buttercream", to compliment this recipe--it adds that magical chocolately goodness that we all look for in a righteously yummy dessert(okay, maybe I'll finally make a recipe for my valhrona "buttercream"). Also, you will find this recipe is gum free, as there are many documented allergies to these gums--and they're also expensive. Happy baking!