Pumpkin Brown Sugar Cupcakes

Katie Nichols


These cupcakes are a perfect autumn treat! They have just the right amount of real pumpkin flavor topped with a savory brown-butter glaze.

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Your kitchen will smell heavenly while these are baking. The cupcakes are dense, rich and full of spices. The cupcake itself tastes like autumn, but the glaze is what makes the recipe. It's really rich and, thanks to the browned butter, has a wonderful buttery flavor. This glaze isn't typical - it's really thick and the perfect topping for this fall treat. The Test Kitchen


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25 Min
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3/4 c
unsalted butter
1 2/3 c
all-purpose flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp
1/8 tsp
ground cloves
1 c
canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1 c
brown sugar
1/2 c
granulated sugar
2 large


1/2 c
unsalted butter
2 c
powdered sugar
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp

How to Make Pumpkin Brown Sugar Cupcakes


  • 1Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter turns a golden brown color.
  • 2Drain the butter into a small bowl (leaving the foam on top behind) to let cool.
  • 3Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and nutmeg.
  • 4In another bowl, whisk the sugars, eggs, butter, and pumpkin puree.
  • 5Whisk in the flour mixture until combined.
  • 6Divide the batter evenly among paper-lined cups, filling each 3/4 full.
  • 7Bake until a cake tester inserted in the cupcakes comes out clean. This should take about 20 minutes.
  • 8Transfer cupcakes to wire racks to cool completely before glazing them.
  • 9To make the icing, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until brown in color. This might take about 10 minutes.
  • 10Remove from heat and pour the butter into a bowl.
  • 11Stir in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of milk to the butter until smooth. You can add more milk by tablespoons if necessary. Use immediately or else it hardens!
  • 12To finish, spoon about 1 tablespoon of glaze over each cupcake. It's okay if it drips down the sides!

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About Pumpkin Brown Sugar Cupcakes

Course/Dish: Cakes
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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