Brown Butter Cupcakes with Apricot Pineapple Frosting

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Brown Butter Cupcakes with Apricot Pineapple Frosting

1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk (low fat is ok)

1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter softened
1/4 cup Smuckers apricot preserves

1/4 cup Smuckers pineapple preserves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Apricots for garnish

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners or spray well with PURE.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan and cook over low-medium heat until butter has turned an amber color and smells toasty, but not burnt. Butter will darken quickly once it begins to turn. 
  • Pour butter, scraping all the browned bits from the bottom with a spatula, into a small bowl to cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together cooled butter, eggs, vanilla and almond extracts with the milk. Pour into flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  • Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.
  • Bake for 16-19 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

For the Frosting:

  • In a small bowl stir together the preserves until well blended. 
  • Mix Cream Cheese and Butter in a medium sized bowl using an electric mixer until creamy.
  • Add vanilla and almond extracts and blend well.
  • Add half the preserve mixture until well mixed. Add half the powdered sugar and mix well, alternate between the preserves and the powdered sugar until the frosting is at a good spreading consistency.
  • Garnish with Apricot wedges.

Adapted from The Baker Chick