Brown Butter-Pecan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Brown Butter-Pecan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Tags: Cupcakes, Dessert/Sweets, Snack

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 18 min
  • Ready Time: 120 min
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
  • OR Pillsbury BEST® Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons Smucker's® Caramel Flavored Topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Smucker's® Caramel Flavored Topping
  • 24 pecan halves

Preparation Directions

  • For Cupcakes: MELT butter in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook an additional 7 to 8 minutes or until butter begins to turn golden brown. Remove from heat. Pour into small bowl; let cool to room temperature.
  • HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper baking cups. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.
  • BEAT browned butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating 2 minutes. Add flour mixture in thirds, alternating with milk. Beat in caramel topping and vanilla until smooth. Stir in pecans. Divide evenly into prepared baking cups.
  • BAKE 17 to 21 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  • For Frosting: BEAT cream cheese and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on high speed until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat 1 minute. Beat in caramel topping until smooth and creamy. Frost cupcakes. Garnish each with 1 pecan half on top center of cupcake.
  • TIP To toast nuts: Place nuts in dry nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat, shaking pan until nuts are lightly browned. Remove from pan immediately to avoid over-browning.

Nutritional Information Per Serving

Calories 0 (Calories from Fat 0), Total Fat 0g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 0mg, Total Carbohydrate 0g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 0g), Protein 0g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.