This recipe makes 48 mini cupcakes. By all means cut this recipe in half if you wish. But for a party, you might want to make the whole batch!
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat (do NOT crank up the heat, the butter will splatter). Let the butter cook for about 10-15 minutes until it turns a golden brown color and smells nutty. Keep checking on the butter to ensure it doesn't burn. Take it off the heat to cool for a few minutes once it's done.
While the butter is browning, add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together until smooth and incorporated.
Mix the egg whites and applesauce together. Add them to the dry ingredients and whisk until combined.
Pour the browned butter slowly into the batter while whisking. Keep the butter solids in the pan.
Line a mini cupcake pan with cupcake liners and with a small ice cream scoop or a Tbsp. measurer, fill the cupcake liners almost to the top. It's ok because the cakes will dome at the top and won't spill over.
Chop a dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate bar into small pieces and top each chocolate cake with a piece.
Bake the mini cupcakes for 7-9 minutes, or until the tops are set and they spring back when touched. DON'T OVERBAKE! It's better to remove them from the oven a minute early instead of a minute late.
Let cool and serve immediately.