Browned Butter Vanilla Cream Cupcakes

Browned Butter Vanilla Cream CupcakesI love the flavor browned butter brings to these cupcakes. Browned butter is something that has such an earthy delicious smell that reminds me of my mother making ghee. The browned butter adds a caramel-esque flavor to these cupcakes that is undeniably delicious.

Browned Butter Vanilla Cream Cupcake Ingredients
1/2 cup and 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk (whole works best but feel free to use whatever you have on hand)

Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar

Browned Butter Vanilla Cream Cupcake Directions
In a heavy-bottomed pot, melt the butter on medium heat and continue to cook the butter until it begins to brown. Be very careful because it will burn very quickly. This should take 10-15 minutes and stir occasionally. Once the bubbles cease to form, the color will change and at this point, you can remove the butter from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Set aside 3 tablespoons of the butter mixture for the frosting.

In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (cake flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.)

In a medium bowl, using a hand held mixer, beat the eggs until they have doubled in size and are light in color. Slowly, add the sugar into the egg mixture and beat.

Incorporate the browned butter and vanilla into the egg mixture and beat.

Alternate between adding the dry mixture and milk into th egg mixture. Start and end with the milk.

Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way to ensure you are leaving room for the batter to rise.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-24 minutes. An indicator that the cupcakes are done is a toothpick that comes out of the center clean or the center bounces back when you lightly touch it.
Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting Directions
Mix together the browned butter, butter and cream cheese until it is light and fluffy.

Blend in the powdered sugar.

Top each cupcake with a generous amount of frosting and serve.

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