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Brown Butter Cupcakes

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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 11 cupcakes
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Stefani


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 large 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


Cupcake Instructions

  • Melt butter over medium-heat in a small skillet or heavy-bottomed pot.
  • 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).
  • Remove butter from heat and cool to room temperature.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In medium-sized bowl, whip egg whites until light and frothy.
  • Slowly mix sugar into the egg whites.
  • Mix cooled browned butter and vanilla into the wet mixture.
  • Alternately mix dry ingredients and milk into the wet mixture.
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.

Lucuma Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  • Mix butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in lucuma powder. You may prefer a less pronounced lucuma flavor, so mix powder in small increments and taste periodically.
  • Pipe or spread on cooled cupcakes.
  • Optionally top with sprinkles.


Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 105mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 0.3mg