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Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Icing

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Desserts, Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Icing are made with brown butter and brown sugar for tender, delicious, rich flavor. They’re topped with a delicious brown sugar cream cheese and sprinkled with more more brown sugar.


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Ingredients

FOR THE CUPCAKES

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, browned and cooled at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon oil, canola or vegetable
  • 1 cup brown sugar, light or dark, lightly packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 /2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

FOR THE BROWN SUGAR CREAM CHEESE ICING

  • 4 1/2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (leave it at room temperature for at least an hour before making)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons brown sugar, light or dark
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

FOR THE BROWN BUTTER

  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir occasionally at first. Once begins to bubble and comes to a boil, stir it constantly. It will start to foam. Continue stirring as you watch for it to turn a light, amber color and develop a nutty smell which should happen in about five minutes. Pour the brown butter into a heat safe bowl, making sure the scrape the bottom of the pan for all the bits. Set the butter aside and use when cool to the touch. In the meantime, continue with the recipe. 

FOR THE CUPCAKES

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake tin with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the egg, cooled brown butter, oil, vanilla, sour cream and milk.
  4. Stir in half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix in the other half of the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined
  5. Fill each cupcake liner with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of a cupcake. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

FOR THE BROWN SUGAR CREAM CHEESE ICING

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese and butter on medium speed for one minute until creamed and combined. Add the brown sugar and mix on medium for another minute. Mix in the vanilla then turn the mixer on low and gradually mix in the powdered sugar. Pipe icing onto cupcakes and sprinkle with brown sugar, if desired. 

Keywords: ,Brown Sugar, Cupcakes, Brown Sugar, Cream Cheese, Icing, fall, cinnamon