Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pumpkin Brown Butter Cupcakes


I went to the grocery store a couple weeks ago, and, much to my complete horror, the place on the shelf where the pumpkin was supposed to be was completely bare!  A visit to a second store revealed the same.  When I finally found pumpkin at a THIRD store, I filled my cart and never looked back.

I LOVE all things pumpkin, and I couldn't have been happier when this month's Martha Stewart's Cupcake Club selection involved - PUMPKIN!


This recipe has it's own twist on the seasonal favorite, and the co-star to this delicious dessert is BUTTER!  I had to make friends with the butter in this recipe, since the last time I made cupcakes, I may have said some hurtful things. Like the fact that I usually like oil better.  But since butter was the flavor star, getting all brown and nutty, I knew I couldn't replace it.


The optional flavor twist in this recipe is sage.  I haven't cooked much with fresh sage, and I wasn't sure how strong the flavor would be, so I compromised.  I browned the butter with the sage and then pulled the sage out.


Guess what I discovered?  Sage fried in butter is really delicious!


And if you happen to be baking and not fixing your hungry family dinner, you can turn those fried sage  leaves into a delicious little snack!  The sage, by the way, was very subtle and a nice, interesting addition.


The rest of the recipe came together as it should.  The batter was dense and thick.


As were the cupcakes.  Would you expect anything less from a hearty comfort food like pumpkin?


The brown butter glaze tied everything together.


Thanks to Monica at My Cupcake Journey for this delicious selection!

The Martha Stewart Cupcake Club is a fun group of bakers, working their way through Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book.  You can find more information HERE!  We'd love to have you join us next month for Ginger and Molasses Cupcakes!  If you'd like the recipe, you can find it in her book HERE! Or on her website HERE (It's the same as the Pumpkin Sage Bread but add 1/2 cup sugar)!   The icing recipe is also on her website HERE!



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16 comments:

  1. Isn't the fried sage divine? Oh, yum. Loved this recipe, too. Loved your photos.

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  2. I loved the sage too. This recipe is a keeper, especially the glaze. Mmmmm, so good. Thanks for the opportunity. I loved baking along!

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  3. seeing those sage leaves nestled in the butter is making me wish I had done that part... I fell in love ith the icing, and yours looks so appealing! I should have tried it runnier.

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  4. YUM!!! Beautiful and delicious! I'd love to have you join our little linky party - {Not So} Tough Tuesday's on One Tough Mother.

    www.onetoughmom.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you there!

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  5. Browned butter? YUM! And I had the same problem with pumpkin this year...and I overcompensated when I found it. But it's worth it! :) Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

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  6. Stopping over from Crazy Sweet Tuesday, these cupcakes look amazing! So moist and I absolutely love brown butter. Great recipe!

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  7. Wow! This looks SO delicious, I’m book-marking this to make for later! I found you via Tempt my Tummy Tuesday. I’m your newest follower and would love a “follow back”!

    Have a great week,

    Jillian @ www.foodfolksandfun.blogspot.com

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  8. I LOVE your recipe! It would be a PERFECT addition to my party. Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY tomorrow and share it with us?
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!
    http://ladybehindthecurtain.com

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  9. Oh my, oh my, oh my! These look amazing! Must make! I am pinning this! I just posted a recipe for bite sized apple pies, check it out, if you like. Thanks for sharing!
    Stephanie @ Ladywiththeredrocker.wordpress.com

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  10. These look amazing! I love the glaze on them...they're beautiful!
    Willa @ www.armstrongfamilyfare.com

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  11. Great pictures. These look delicious!

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  12. Suddenly, without ever having butter fried sage, I am craving it. I blame your beautiful photos. Now I am going to have to try it. The cupcakes look delicious too!

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  13. The brown butter glaze looks amazing! I love seeing so many versions of pumpkin bread and muffins. It's one of the great things about fall! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  14. These are just beautiful cupcakes! I wish I had one right now. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  15. These look amazing, I'll be featuring them tomorrow on my blog www.trilogyedibles.com for great pumpkin recipes from around the web!

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  16. GOODNESS GRACIOUS, your glaze looks phenomenal! I'm so sad that I screwed mine up, but the cupcakes were so good either way.

    http://littlespindle-dani.blogspot.com/2011/10/pumpkin-brown-butter-cupcakes.html

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