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Ginger Pear Cupcakes with Miso Salted Caramel

The crystallized ginger on top of these cupcakes was a last minute addition.  However, it rounded out the flavor of these ginger pear cupcakes with miso caramel glaze so well that I’m listing it as a required ingredient – not an optional topping.  My food stylist/photographer husband put the candied ginger in a little nest for aesthetics, but I’d recommend spreading it out so that you get a little piece of it in each bite for the optimal eating experience.  That way, each mouthful will fill you with buttery yellow cake, fragrant and juicy pear, oozey sweet and salty caramel, and sharp, spicy ginger – cupcake nirvana.


Ginger Pear Cupcake Recipe

To make the ginger pear cupcakes, add ground ginger and chopped pears to your favorite yellow cake recipe.  I started with a pound cake cupcake recipe which produces really dense cupcakes.  If you like lighter/fluffier yellow cake, try my sour cream cupcake recipe instead.

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Ginger Pear Cupcakes with Miso Salted Caramel

The crystallized ginger on top of these cupcakes was a last minute addition.  However, it rounded out the flavor of these ginger pear cupcakes with miso caramel glaze so well.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Asian
Keyword ginger pear cupcake recipe, ginger pear cupcakes, miso salted caramel
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 286kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 3/4 C unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 C cake flour
  • 1/2 C whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger If you like a stronger ginger flavor, you can double this.
  • 1 ripe but not overripe pear chopped into 1/4 inch cubes

Instructions

  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • Beat in flour, one cup at a time, alternating with milk.
  • Add vanilla and ginger.
  • Beat on medium-high to high speed for two minutes, scraping down sides of bowl.
  • Fold in pears.
  • Divide evenly between 12 cupcake liners (liners will be filled almost all the way to the top).
  • Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.

Notes

Miso Salted Caramel
See my post on salted caramel with miso for the salted caramel recipe. Spread the caramel on the cupcakes just before serving. If the caramel is put on too soon, it will dissolve into the cupcake. The cupcakes won't look as nice and they will become too dense.
Top the cupcakes with chopped crystallized ginger.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Ginger Pear Cupcakes with Miso Salted Caramel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 430IU9%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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