Brown Sugar-Pecan Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

November 30, 2009


When I was paging through the November issue of Bon Appétit, I saw this recipe and was instantly drooling. When I read it out loud to Jim, he was drooling a little bit too, and I knew we were in trouble. As Thanksgiving approached, I knew it would be the perfect time to try it out without having to worry about having all of that caramelly goodness at home to tempt us. The recipe didn’t disappoint, and I received many compliments from everyone who tried them. They reach a nice balance of a not too sweet cake with a flavorful frosting, which I love. I think the cupcake part would even be good on it’s own as a muffin for brunch.

It was a pretty simple recipe, even with the inclusion of making caramel from scratch. I had decided to make mini-cupcakes instead of regular sized ones, so I reduced the baking temperature to 325 and time to 15 minutes. They turned out perfect.






 

Ingredients:

Cupcakes

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans

Preparation:

Cupcakes

  • Put rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 350°F. Spray 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray; line with muffin cups.
  • Whisk both flours, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt in medium bowl. Stir in chopped pecans. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add brown sugar; beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating to blend between additions. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add dry ingredients; beat on low speed just to blend. Divide batter among muffin cups.
  • Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 23 minutes. Cool in pan on rack 15 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool. DO AHEAD Can be made 8 hours ahead. Cover; store at room temperature.

Frosting

  • Stir sugar and 1/4 cup water in medium saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high; boil until syrup turns deep amber, swirling pan and brushing down sides with wet pastry brush, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat; add cream (mixture will bubble up). Stir over low heat until caramel bits dissolve. Whisk egg yolks in medium bowl. Very gradually whisk hot caramel into yolks. Cool to room temperature.
  • Using electric mixer, beat butter and salt in large bowl until smooth. Beat in caramel. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Let stand at room temperature until thick enough to spread, about 1 hour.
  • Spread frosting over cupcakes. Place pecans on plate. Roll edges of cupcakes in nuts. DO AHEAD Can be made 8 hours ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.
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One Response to “Brown Sugar-Pecan Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting”


  1. Hello! I’m the web editor of Bon Appetit and we really enjoyed your post and seeing your photos. We’ve added a link to your post from the recipe on our site so that our readers can see your version. Thanks again for reading Bon Appetit! -Emily, Bon Appetit Web Editor

    http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2009/11/brown_sugar_pecan_cupcakes_with_caramel_frosting


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