Maple Pecan Cupcakes
This is a cozy little cupcake packed with pecans, and a maple and brown sugar frosting!
box yellow cake mix
toasted & coarsely chopped
2 cups unsalted butter
light brown sugar
heavy whipping cream
Additional pecans for garnish
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!
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