Brown Butter Cupcakes with Sweet Molasses Buttercream Icing. This here is cake made with brown butter and icing that has a slight molasses taste to it. I say slight molasses because it tastes more like brown sugar or caramel to me. These cupcakes are full of flavor and will take us straight from summer into the fall season. And I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some fall!
Growing up when my mom made cupcakes, it was always from a box mix. Actually I’m pretty sure all of our birthday cakes were from a box. The only time my mom would make a cake from scratch was if it were a coffee cake or a similar “specialized” cake, like cheesecake. Duncan Hines was present for all birthday celebrations. It was just easy. And cheap. And having six kids to feed, those two reasons alone were all the reasons needed. I didn’t know any better and thought my mom made the best cakes ever. 🙂 It wasn’t until I grew up and started baking on my own, that I used recipes to make my own from-scratch cakes. Don’t be fooled though–I still use Duncan for pretty much all my boys’ birthday cakes. Because, again…easy and cheap. 😉
But there’s just something about making a cake from scratch. And these cupcakes are no exception–especially with the addition of brown butter in the batter. Brown butter is AWESOME. It adds a depth of flavor that really pairs beautifully with the sweet molasses buttercream in this recipe. Those two really complement each other perfectly.
The cupcake is more dense than a box mix. Now that I’ve tried cakes from scratch, I’ve really noticed how light the cakes from box mixes are. So if you want something to really bite into, this cake is a winner. You won’t be disappointed!
So give this recipe a try if you’re looking for something different that has a great flavor combination. The depth of flavor is sure to win you over…trust me!
Kat is a mother of three boys who loves to bake and enjoys all things DIY. She has been blogging since 2010 featuring recipes and home design projects. Some of her home projects have been featured in Country Living and This Old House magazine, as well as many other prominent DIY blogs and websites.