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Maple Pecan Cupcakes

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I don’t think maple and pecan are just “fall flavors.” I’m all about them, all year!  Who doesn’t love to feel cozy?  That’s how these two flavors make me feel – warm, snuggly, and cozy! These are a simple recipe, made with a cake mix that you jazz up a bit.  You can also really bring out that maple flavor by making the poke cupcakes, so that the maple syrup is drizzled throughout the middle of each cupcakes.  YUM!

I added brown sugar to this maple buttercream, because OMG, it’s amazing! 🙂  Maple Pecan Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Maple Buttercream Frosting is a bit long – so I just call these “Maple Pecan Cupcakes.”  But you’ll definitely fall in love with that brown sugar in the frosting!

What you need:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans (toasted & coarsely chopped)

MAPLE BUTTERCREAM

  • 4 sticks (2 cups) unsalted butter
  • 7-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • Additional pecans for garnish

Make them:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put cupcake liners in muffin pan.  This silicone muffin pan is AMAZING!

In your mixer, combine all cake ingredients, except for pecans. Mix until just combined.

Fold in pecans.

Fill cups 3/4 full of batter.

Bake 18-21 minutes.

Allow to cool completely.  Using straw, poke three holes in the middle of the cupcakes.  Spoon over about a teaspoon of maple syrup.

MAKE THE MAPLE BUTTERCREAM

Cut the butter up into small pieces, and whip in your mixer for about 5 minutes.

Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and vanilla.

Beat until combined.

Add 3 more cups powdered sugar, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Beat 2 minutes.

Add 2-3 more cups powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons whipping cream. Add 1 teaspoon maple extract (or more maple syrup if you don’t have extract, to taste)  Beat 5 more minutes.

Frost and sprinkle with chopped pecans, then drizzle with a little more maple syrup!

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5 from 4 votes

Maple Pecan Cupcakes

This is a cozy little cupcake packed with pecans, and a maple and brown sugar frosting!

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans toasted & coarsely chopped

MAPLE BUTTERCREAM

  • 4 sticks 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 7-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • Additional pecans for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put cupcake liners in muffin pan.
  • In your mixer, combine all cake ingredients, except for pecans. Mix until just combined.
  • Fold in pecans.
  • Fill cups 3/4 full of batter.
  • Bake 18-21 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely.  Using straw, poke three holes in the middle of the cupcakes.  Spoon over maple syrup.

MAKE THE MAPLE BUTTERCREAM

  • Cut the butter up into small pieces, and whip in your mixer for about 5 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Beat until combined.
  • Add 3 more cups powdered sugar, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Beat 2 minutes.
  • Add 2-3 more cups powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons whipping cream. Add 1 teaspoon maple extract (or more maple syrup if you don't have extract, to taste)  Beat 5 more minutes.
  • Frost and sprinkle with chopped pecans, then drizzle with a little more maple syrup!

Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

7 Comments

  1. Mary Gardner Reply

    These look and sound delicious. I really like that it begins with a boxed cake mix.

  2. Brown sugar maple buttercream?!! Oh, this recipe looks delicious. I love the flavor combinations!

  3. 5 stars
    This sounds super, I love this flavor combo, and sour cream in the mix and the brown sugar in the frosting, oh my, I must try these!

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