Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting

From-scratch frosting—featuring the rich taste of browned butter—makes these cupcakes irresistible!

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 35 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

Cupcakes

2 1/3
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
cup butter, softened
1
cup granulated sugar
1/4
cup dark brown sugar
3
eggs
2
teaspoons vanilla
2/3
cup milk

Brown Butter Frosting

1/2
cup butter (do not use margarine)
4 1/2
cups powdered sugar
6
to 8 tablespoons milk

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups, grease bottoms and sides of muffin cups with shortening and lightly flour, or spray with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter on medium speed 30 seconds. Gradually add granulated sugar and brown sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat 2 minutes longer. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. On low speed, alternately add flour mixture, about one-third at a time, with 2/3 cup milk, about half at a time, beating just until blended.
  • 4 Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each with about 3 tablespoons batter or until two-thirds to three-fourths full.
  • 5 Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans; place on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 6 In small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until light golden brown. Cool completely. In large bowl, beat browned butter, powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons milk with electric mixer on low speed. until blended. Beat in enough remaining milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Frost cupcakes.

Expert Tips

Top cupcake with toasted walnut or pecan halves.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
300
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
210mg
210%;
Total Carbohydrate
43g
43%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
33g
33%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.