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The thought of a Butter Pecan Cupcake sounds so delicious, doesn't it? Most of us had butter pecan the first time in ice cream form. It is still my mom's favorite ice cream!
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The thought of a Butter Pecan Cupcake sounds so delicious, doesn't it? Most of us had butter pecan the first time in ice cream form. It is still my mom's favorite ice cream! Wait until you taste that flavor in a cupcake!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time47 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk room temp

Frosting Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup caramel flavored sauce
  • 2 tsp heavy whipping cream

Instructions

Cupcake Directions

  • Heat oven to 350F.
  • Line cupcake pan with 12 paper liners
  • Whisk flour and level to measure, then sift twice into a medium bowl with baking powder and soda. 
  • Using a stand mixer or large bowl with a hand mixer, combine sugar, salt, and 1 stick butter.
  • Beat at a medium speed for 5 minutes 
  • Begin to add the eggs, one at a time, adding vanilla with very last egg and beat until creamy.
  • On the low speed of the mixer, add flour combination.
  • Next, alternate with milk, beginning and ending with flour and adding the nuts with last bit of flour.
  • Stir batter briefly to be sure everything is well incorporated.
  • Fill muffin cups with about ¼ cup batter. 
  • Bake 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. 
  • Cool on wire rack for 1 hour before frosting.

Frosting directions

  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy 4-5 minutes maximum
  • Now scrape bottom and sides of the bowl and begin to gradually add more powdered sugar and beating until soft peaks form.
  • Add caramel sauce and continue to beat on low speed until well incorporated.
  • Increase speed to medium then to high about 2-3 minutes.
  • Frost cupcake adding caramel sauce and cherry.