Brown sugar and nutmeg cupcakes

4 Aug

Brown sugar & nutmeg cupcakes

I am 100 per cent team cinnamon and add it freely and generously to many of my baked goods.

Every now and then I feel a pang of guilt at the neglect I show towards nutmeg. In some ways nutmeg is more fun than cinnamon – I adore grating the fresh nutmeg directly into my baked goods, and the smell brings back happy childhood memories of custard tarts dusted with this fragrant seed.

These cakes are super simple to make and have the most amazing aroma during baking. I would advise using fresh nutmeg. Buy them whole and store in a glass jar in a cool, dark place – I bought mine years ago and they are still pungent.

Brown sugar & nutmeg cupcakes  The Hungry Mum

And brown sugar complements the nutmeg so well. These two items are destined to be side by side.


1 ½ cups self-raising flour

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

freshly grated nutmeg – to taste

3/4 cup milk

115 grams butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

Brown sugar and nutmeg cupcakes  The Hungry Mum


In a large bowl, whisk brown sugar, nutmeg and egg until smooth.

Stir in milk and vanilla until well-combined, then whisk in butter.

Using a silver spoon stir in flour and mix until combined.

Using two spoons fill each wrapper until two-thirds full.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.

Brown sugar and nutmeg cupcakes

I topped my cakes with my most favourite dark chocolate ganache – find the recipe here: chocolate ganache

Brown sugar & nutmeg cupcakes. The Hungry Mum


24 Responses to “Brown sugar and nutmeg cupcakes”

  1. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella August 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Ooh I adore freshly grated nutmeg! So glad that you used to freshly grated stuff here 😀

    • thehungrymum August 8, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

      Fresh is always best 🙂 Plus I love the way fresh nutmeg look like little brains once you start grating them!

  2. Nicole - Champagne and Chips August 4, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    Freshly grated nutmeg is the bomb! Great idea to have it as the dominant flavour in these cakes. They sound delicious

    • thehungrymum August 8, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

      Thanks Nicole – the smell of nutmeg is sooooo delightful 🙂

  3. Antonia August 4, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    These looks delicious. I love freshly grated nutmeg too, and it makes such a difference in baking. I am with you on team cinnamon, but I love the idea of highlighting nutmeg like this.

    • thehungrymum August 9, 2015 at 12:47 am #

      I keep a little jar of cinnamon sugar in my pantry – you never know when something needs a little cinnamon love 😉

  4. Smiling Notes August 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    So delicious!!

  5. youthfoodblog August 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    Freshly grated nutmeg adds a lot!

  6. Starr August 4, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    My Dad loves nutmeg, but I never think to make things that feature it… I’ll have to keep these in mind for the next time I’m baking for him.

  7. quilt32 August 4, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    Nutmeg is my favorite spice – I’ll have to try these.

    • thehungrymum August 7, 2015 at 3:32 am #

      Thanks Lillian – I hope you love them as much as I did.

  8. Kia / The House of KTS August 4, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

    I am such a fan of cupcakes. I just love all different types of flavors. So I am so happy to have discovered this recipe and I can’t wait to try it out.

    • thehungrymum August 6, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

      You could bake a different cupcake every day for many many months and never repeat yourself! So much fun!

  9. Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) August 5, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    Yep love nutmeg too especially in baking. These cakes look sooooooooooo cute and delicious.

    • thehungrymum August 10, 2015 at 3:47 am #

      Thanks Rachel! The aroma of freshly grated nutmeg is so divine.

  10. LouisEtLouiseDeFrance August 5, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    Thank you for publishing! My speciality is original French recipes, but I am always interested to discover the world 😉

  11. 8thdaybeauty August 6, 2015 at 4:04 am #

    This looks so delicious!!!

  12. Angela | The Chewy Life August 9, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    This is perfect for the upcoming fall!! 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 10, 2015 at 3:40 am #

      Yes! It is winter here and the flavours were perfect for this cold weather.

  13. Sophie33 August 10, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

    I made these delicious tasty beauties too & loved every mouthful, my hubby Peter agreed with me!

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