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Brown Butter Cupcakes – If You’ve Ever Burnt Something, You Can Make Brown Butter

Brown butter cupcakes have a caramel-like taste and smell like a hot skillet of bubbling butter waiting for mom’s pancake batter to be poured on. If you’ve ever burnt dinner, you can burn butter and create unforgettable brown butter.

Brown butter cupcakes are basic, vanilla, butter-based cupcakes with the extra step of browning the butter.  It’s a small step, but one that changes the cupcake flavor so much that it will seem like a huge brown bear step (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  I see delicious cupcakes looking at me!).

Frost the brown butter cupcakes with your favorite frosting.  I think the cupcakes would be amazing with pumpkin pie frosting!  I topped mine with lucuma cream cheese frosting (luca-whaa?  Check out my post on lucama bars if you’ve never heard of lucuma).  The mellow sweetness of the lucuma frosting shined in its own right, but didn’t overpower the brown butter.

Brown Butter Cupcake Recipe

Brown Butter Cupcakes – If You’ve Ever Burnt Something, You Can Make Brown Butter

Yield: 11 cupcakes

Brown Butter Cupcakes – If You’ve Ever Burnt Something, You Can Make Brown Butter

Ingredients

    Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour, not self-rising
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Lucuma Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • up to 1/2 cup lucuma powder

Instructions

    Cupcake Instructions
  1. Melt butter over medium-heat in a small skillet or heavy-bottomed pot.
  2. Continue to heat the butter, stirring periodically, until it turns brown (10-15 minutes). The butter will first boil with big bubbles (it's not done then). Then, the bubbles will get smaller and the whole thing will look more brown (that's when it's done).
  3. Remove butter from heat and cool to room temperature.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. In medium-sized bowl, whip egg whites until light and frothy.
  6. Slowly mix sugar into the egg whites.
  7. Mix cooled browned butter and vanilla into the wet mixture.
  8. Alternately mix dry ingredients and milk into the wet mixture.
  9. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  10. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.
  11. Lucuma Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions
  12. Mix butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  13. Mix in lucuma powder. You may prefer a less pronounced lucuma flavor, so mix powder in small increments and taste periodically.
  14. Pipe or spread on cooled cupcakes.
  15. Optionally top with sprinkles.
http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/08/brown-butter-cupcakes-if-youve-ever.html

 

Credits

  • Thank you to Navitas for the free sample of lucuma powder that I used in this recipe.
  • Thank you to Incredible Stamping for the cupcake wrappers.  Incredible Stamping generously donated a bunch of wrappers to our food blogger bake sale for Share Our Strength and gave me a few to try out.  You’ll be seeing more of them!  Note that Incredible Stamping doesn’t sell the wrappers, but sells the beautiful papers that you’ll need to make them yourself.
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31 Responses to Brown Butter Cupcakes – If You’ve Ever Burnt Something, You Can Make Brown Butter

  1. Torview August 15, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    delicious looking cupcakes and site

  2. briarrose August 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Oh my…I do believe I would wrestle someone for one of these cupcakes. :) Awesome job.

  3. parsnipsandsprockets August 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Looks yummy! A chef instructor at my school brought in some shortbread he made with brown butter – it was SOOOO good.

  4. thatsoneclassybitch August 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I just made these cupcakes with a pumpkin cream cheese frosting. AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Stef August 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    Thatsoneclassybitch – I can’t believe you made them so quickly! I’m so glad that you loved them!

  6. Carmen Pauls Orthner August 15, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    My DH doesn’t “do” pumpkin pie, so I was wondering which of your top 10 favorite frostings you might recommend with these. I was considering either the vanilla bean buttercream or the balsamic whipped cream…. Any thoughts? I love your site, by the way — you have made a cupcake baking enthusiast out of me. :)

    Carmen.

  7. Anonymous August 16, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    My mouth waters up looking at this recipe. I will try it for sure.

    Thanks
    Stuart

  8. Rebecka August 17, 2011 at 8:48 am #

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  9. Stephanie August 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    I’ve been obsessed with burnt butter cupcakes ever since I made butterbeer cupcakes for the Harry Potter premiere. Then it was salted caramel cupcakes, and I wanted to do more, now I can. I can’t want to try your combination.

  10. Stef August 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Carmen – I’d go for the vanilla bean buttercream.

  11. kiki August 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    I made the cupcakes without frosting & they still tasted superb on their own. Most importantly Hubby luv them very much. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  12. Holly August 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Love the title! Something I can make ;) lol

  13. Tabby Tiger August 25, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    Nice combination! Actually that is a new combination for me so I will surely try this one. My hubby will be surprise with this since he loves seeing me making new things. LOL.

  14. Doll Wood August 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    I just love the frosting! It’s so still and has a great color! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!

  15. Mnemosyne August 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    These look absolutely delicious and I will definitely try this recipe soon.. however, I think I might have some difficulty looking for Lucuma powder in my part of the world… would you happen to know any substitute for it? Many thanks!

  16. Stef September 2, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Mnemosyne – If you can’t get lucama powder, you can always substitute a different kind of frosting.

  17. The Procrastobaker September 3, 2011 at 2:47 am #

    I made brown butter for the first time a few weeks back and my goodness would i like the chance to try it out again!! These look perffecctttt :) beautiful!

  18. Kel September 4, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    You had me at brown butter. I LOVE anything with it!
    Gnocchi with brown butter, brown butter chocolate chips cookies, brown butter and rosemary over popcorn…

    Sigh.

    These are getting bookmarked, to be paired with a sea salt caramel frosting!

    Thanks for sharing!

  19. molly September 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    oh my goodness those cupcakes looked so good i couldn’t hold myself back! i tried them with your pumpkin pie frosting/filling and they were delicious! i made the mistake of leaving a few on the counter and they all disappeared by that evening!

  20. The Sunflower Kid October 1, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    I love the flavor of these, but every time I made them the egg whites made the cake too dry. So I experimented a little. If anyone else has this issue I wanted to explain my solution. I added 1tablespoon of applesauce. It didn’t change the flavor but it made the consistency much better. Oh and I love your brown sugar icing on these! They’re a great compliment to eachother!

    PS. I love your website! Thanks for all your great recipes.

  21. MC May 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Just made these, absolutely divine! I don’t think I will make cupcakes the same way again!

  22. Anna June 14, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    I’ve made these twice now and both times they’ve been sunken in. They looked fine when frosted, but a little funky plain. The first time I thought it might be my oven since I had doubled the recipe and was using two pans (cakes and cupcakes tend to come out lopsided when I have more than one pan in the oven at a time, even if I rotate them). This time though, I made sure all the ingredients were at room temp and only used one cupcake pan. They weren’t as bad as the first time, but still sunken in. Any suggestions?

  23. Kathy August 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    On my list of yummy-sounding recipes to try. I will frost with a browned butter frosting I already use on cookies. (Browned butter blended with powdered sugar, a touch of vanilla and 1/2 and 1/2 to preferred consistency).

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