#57 Pumpkin-Brown Butter Cupcakes

MMMM the smell of brown butter has filled the house right now! What a tasty pick by My Cupcake Journey for the MSC monthly bake. Right off the bat I decided to go with a frosting instead of the glaze. I'm just a frosting type of girl ;) Now this frosting wasn't good... It was delicious! I've never made brown butter before but after I mixed all the ingredients together, I would have to say that the frosting had almost a maple syrup taste. Now to the cupcake. It has the perfect amount of spice and surprisingly with the batter being on the thick side the cake was not dense but actually light and fluffy. This is the perfect pick to start off the fall baking season!

Pumpkin-Brown Butter Cupcakes (courtesy of Martha Stewart)
The Goods
1 1/2 sticks of butter room temp
1 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon  ground cloves
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 lg eggs room temp

The How To
Preheat oven to 325. In a sauce pan melt the butter over medium-low heat and swirl the pan occasionally until the butter turns a golden brown. Remove from the heat and skim the foam off the top. Pour browned butter into a bowl to stop the cooking, leaving any burned sediment behind; let cool.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves then set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the pumpkin puree, both sugars, eggs, and brown butter.

Add flour mixture and whisks until just combined.

 Divide batter evenly among cups, filling each about three-quarters full. Bake rotating tins halfway through the 20 bake time. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before frosting.

Brown Butter Frosting (courtesy of Good House Keeping)
The Goods
1 stick of butter room temp.
2 1/2 cups powder sugar
1/4cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

The How To
Brown the butter as shown above. Let this cool for at least 30mins. After butter has reached room temp, combine the sugar, milk and vanilla and mix on medium speed unitl smooth.

Now frost and enjoy!!

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  1. That's one mighty big pumpkin you found! I bet the Brown Butter Frosting was delicious! Thanks so much for baking with us! Hope to see you next month!


  2. Your cupcakes look amazing! I wish I wouldn't have messed up my glaze so I could have actually completed mine!