Today I want to share with you a recipe that I hold close. My Applesauce Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting is an adaptation from a recipe that my grandmother shared with me years ago. She frequently made an applesauce sheet cake with a browned butter icing when I was a child. While I love the recipe as is, I decided to try it out as a cupcake with fluffy buttercream frosting. Try these cupcakes for your next picnic or potluck, they make a great serve-yourself dessert. I like to think of this recipe as an alternative to an apple pie, with no slicing needed!
For me, everything about this recipe gives off a cozy and homemade feel. The taste of apples and cinnamon will fill your home while you bake. The browned butter gives a nutty and toasted flavor to the frosting. I think these cupcakes are great year round, although they make fantastic desserts especially for the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
If you’ve never browned butter before, don’t be scared of this additional step. It’s as simple as warming butter in a saucepan. If you’re not familiar with the process, this article will help with photographs of each step. Once your butter is completely melted, you will want to stir constantly as small flecks of brown develop at the bottom of the pan. This will only take you 5 to 7 minutes.
When filling the cupcake liners with batter, I like to use a large cookie scoop (amazon affiliate link) which is the perfect size to fill a cupcake liner with a single scoop. This ensures that your cupcakes will all turn out the same size! It makes scooping batter a breeze.
What tastes and smells remind you of childhood?