Brown Butter-Pecan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Brown Butter-Pecan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Pillsbury™ Baking

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

Serving Size (1 of 24 cupcakes), Calories 300 (Calories from Fat 140), Total Fat 16g (Saturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 45mg, Sodium 190mg, Total Carbohydrate 37g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 28g), Protein 3g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%.

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

* Ensure all recipe ingredients are gluten free by referencing the ingredient labels, as products may vary. If uncertain, contact the ingredient manufacturer.