Nian Gao is a sticky, glutinous cake that is filled with red bean paste. To make it more cupcake-like, I frosted the cupcakes with a red bean buttercream frosting.
Keyword: nian gao recipe, red bean buttercream, sticky rice
1lb500 g glutinous rice flour (I found this at an international supermarket. The flour came in a 1 lb bag, which made it easy.)
1/2C15 oz red bean paste (I also found this at an international supermarket. They were out of the can, though, so I bought a bag of it from the refrigerated section. The clerk told me that it was the Japanese version of red bean paste, but that it would work just as well.)