Burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes

26 Oct

Burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes

Until you have tried burnt butter, either as a sweet or savoury dish, you cannot imagine how wonderful it tastes.

Simple kitchen alchemy transforms it into a creation heavenly enough to eat with a spoon – although don’t tell your cardiologist I said that.

Burning your butter is an easy peasy way to elevate baked goods into rich, decadent treats. These burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes are sophisticated enough to serve at an adult party – no sprinkles or food colouring here. Miss9 highly rated them, saying they were light and fluffy and less sweet than my usual vanilla cupcake recipe.

Serve these cupcakes au naturel, with a dusting of icing sugar, or a smothering of my all-purpose chocolate ganache – see below. This recipe was adapted from Nigella Lawson’s iconic ‘How To Be A Domestic Goddess.’

Burnt butter & brown sugar cupcakes


150 grams unsalted butter, diced

1 cup self-raising flour

just over ¼ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of milk

Burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes. The Hungry Mum.


Preheat oven to 180C and line a 12-hole cupcake pan with wrappers (my batch only made 11).

In a small pan over low heat stir the butter frequently until it turns dark golden – this will take some time but don’t walk away or you will end up with a ruined pan and butter that will end u p in the bin. When it starts foaming like crazy is when you when to remove it from the heat.

Place all ingredients into a food processor and whiz until combined – it is quite a thick batter.

Spoon into the pans and bake for 16 minutes / until a skewer inserted comes out clean.


In a small saucepan over low heat melt 125g dark chocolate [broken into chunks] with 1/2 cup pouring cream. Stir until melted, thick and glossy. Allow to stand 15 minutes until thick. Use knife to spread over cakes.

The Hungry Mum Burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes


35 Responses to “Burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes”

  1. BunKaryudo October 26, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    Burning the butter sounds like something even I could manage. Joking aside, though, they look delicious.

    • The Hungry Mum October 26, 2015 at 8:47 am #

      ha ha! Am sure burnt butter was created by a not-so-great cook but we can all thank that person for creating such a lush ingredient 🙂

      • BunKaryudo October 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

        I guess a lot of recipes must have started out as accidents. It’s hard to imagine setting out to make yoghurt, for example. 🙂

  2. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso October 26, 2015 at 7:03 am #

    I love brown/burnt butter. These look delicious! 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum October 26, 2015 at 8:48 am #

      Isn’t it amazing? Such a small step in the cooking process creates such an amazing flavour.

  3. Lucy - BakingQueen74 (@Bakingqueen74) October 26, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    Burnt butter adds such flavour and colour doesn’t it, these look delicious!

    • The Hungry Mum October 26, 2015 at 8:49 am #

      Yes! I didn’t even delve into the colour it imparts – good observation x

  4. Midge October 26, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    Burnt butter is one of those ingredients that can take baked goods from just nice to flat-out extraordinary. Now, if only I had more energy so I could bake these… 😦

    • The Hungry Mum October 26, 2015 at 10:29 am #

      You’re correct! Sorry to hear you’re not functioning at full capacity,, get better soon.

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 26, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Browned butter is the best! I don’t think I’ve ever not liked a baked good with it! 😀 I want it as a perfume 😛

  6. ladyredspecs October 26, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    Brown butter rocks!!

  7. cookingwithauntjuju.com October 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    Brown butter does add some great flavor to sweet and savory dishes. Chocolate ganache always makes anything taste better too!

  8. mkcasey80 October 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    I burn butter quite a bit! Now I know what I can do with it. LOL Seriously! These look great!


    • The Hungry Mum October 27, 2015 at 12:21 am #

      hehehe! Burning butter – and burning most things, actually – is super dooper easy but now you have a reason to use it!

  9. Lili October 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Lovely cupcakes! Have just started browning/burning my butter in a few recipes… it is a lovely flavour!

    • The Hungry Mum October 26, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 Isn’t just so lush and moreish?!

      • Lili October 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

        Yes! 🙂

  10. thesurprisedgourmet October 26, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    The cupcakes look delicious. May have to give these a try.

    • The Hungry Mum October 27, 2015 at 2:32 am #

      You will love them! Not overly sweet but with a lovely taste from the browned butter.

  11. Mary Frances October 27, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    Simple and delicious I love this recipe! Definitely will be making these next time I entertain.

    • The Hungry Mum October 27, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

      Thanks Mary 🙂 They are simple yet chic and delicious.

  12. Mike October 27, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    Fat and sugar. You’re enabling quite a dangerous lifestyle 🙂 I’ll have some of it!

    • The Hungry Mum October 28, 2015 at 2:36 am #

      I am a pusher of sugary goods! #enabler

      • Mike October 28, 2015 at 2:44 am #

        Hahahahaaaaa 🙂

  13. Chitra Jagadish October 28, 2015 at 7:30 am #

    Gorgeous cupcakes and love the ganache frosting…. yummm

  14. Anna @ shenANNAgans October 29, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    HA! I remember my apprentice chef days, the teacher telling us we were going to learn how to make burnt butter (beurre noisette) and thinking ‘wtf’…. Why on earth do we need to learn how to do that? And then I tasted it. Holy moly… now that is one heck of a delightful taste. Yarm! Cant say I have used done too much in the sweets department, but me thinks I should. 🙂

  15. Gather and Graze October 29, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    With brown butter within, I do believe that it would be impossible for this NOT to be delicious. Love it!

  16. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) November 2, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    Burnt butter is putting butter on a whole new playing field. Love the nuttiness it adds to a recipe, sweet or savoury.

    • The Hungry Mum November 3, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      Amen, sister. I think I have a new addiction #addItToThePile

  17. Jhuls November 18, 2015 at 6:32 am #

    I am always curious of brown butter. These cupcakes look very good. 😀

    • The Hungry Mum November 18, 2015 at 6:54 am #

      Cheers. Brown butter is nectar of the gods – love it 🙂

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