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Celebrating the New Year with Butter Pecan Cupcakes

They might not look it, but they taste AMAZING!

They might not look it, but they taste AMAZING!

This past summer I visited Chapel Hill, North Carolina for a few days and had the opportunity to visit Sugarland, an amazing bakery located right on the main street of town. Those cupcakes were delicious.  After I moved to Charlotte, I thought often of those cupcakes.  The yummy french vanilla, peanut butter blast, red velvet… Oh so good.
photo2Discussing these cupcakes with a friend, we discovered there was a bakery in Mooresville, North Carolina, also known for delicious cupcakes — SweetCakes Bakery.  We ventured there a few Saturdays ago.  The Cookies and Cream cake was AAAAAMAZING. I did remember to take a picture of it — but not before my first bite.

I also found the Butter Pecan cupcake absolutely delicious, which leads me to this post.  After having that one butter pecan cupcake, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  I thought about the crunchy pecans, the smooth buttercream, the moist cake… It haunted me.

But alas, I am poor and cannot afford to buy all the cupcakes I would like to eat (gourmet cupcakes here run about $3.00 a cake!) SO I did some research and found a recipe that I felt I could satisfactorily replicate.

I first discovered this recipe through CupcakeProject, but to get the actual recipe, you have to go to Paula Deen‘s website.  You’ll find there a recipe for maple pecan cupcakes with butter pecan frosting.  I was feeling lazy today, so I used cake from a box for the actual cupcake.  However, I did make the buttercream by hand.




– unsalted butter

– salt

– chopped pecans

– vanilla extract

– confectioner’s sugar


IMG_0758The instructions are really simple – melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small skillet, add your pecans and cook on medium-low heat until all the butter is absorbed.  While that is happening, you can work on the buttercream.  Again, super simple – just mix the butter till its light and fluffy and then slowly add in the powdered sugar, mixing as you go.  Finally, mix in the vanilla extract — I only used 2 TEASPOONS (instead of 2 TABLESPOONS) because I didn’t want the frosting to be overpoweringly vanilla-y.




After the pecans have absorbed all the butter, take them off the heat but leave them in the skillet.  I would wait until the pecans cool completely before folding them into the buttercream.  I did not, and the frosting got kinda melt-y (I am quite the wordsmith today, huh).  After it cooled, it returned to the normal consistency, but just to be safe, I would wait till everything has cooled.



photoWhen your cupcakes have cooled, frost them with deliciousness! At this point, it’s up to you what you would like to do with them.  I am contemplating eating all 18 myself.


Don’t tell my mom.





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