Browned Butter Horse Cupcakes

Party guests will be delighted as they disassemble this dessert! Covered in salted-caramel frosting, rich and nutty browned-butter cupcakes cleverly make up this horse-shaped cake. Feel free to improvise with toppings and presentation – it’s all about having fun in the kitchen!

Serves: 36Prep: 1 hourCook: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 36

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. baking powder, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 4 cups unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce
  • Green and brown food coloring
  • Chocolate chips

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Line 36 cupcake cups with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and 1½ tsp. salt.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt 3 cups butter over medium heat for 8 minutes until it just starts to brown and smells nutty. Take care not to overcook and burn. Stir in granulated and brown sugars; transfer to a clean bowl to cool to room temperature.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Stir into cooled butter mixture. Add flour mixture; beat on medium speed 1-2 minutes until blended. Divide batter evenly among cupcake liners. Bake 18-21 minutes until knife inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, in a clean mixing bowl, beat remaining 1 cup butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; beat in powdered sugar. Add caramel sauce and remaining 2 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. salt; beat well. Remove small amounts of frosting to two separate bowls; stir green food coloring into one and brown into the other. On a serving tray, arrange cupcakes into horse shape according to photo. Generously frost and decorate cupcakes as needed to create picture.

Recipe Information

Serves: 36

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. baking powder, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 4 cups unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce
  • Green and brown food coloring
  • Chocolate chips

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Line 36 cupcake cups with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and 1½ tsp. salt.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt 3 cups butter over medium heat for 8 minutes until it just starts to brown and smells nutty. Take care not to overcook and burn. Stir in granulated and brown sugars; transfer to a clean bowl to cool to room temperature.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Stir into cooled butter mixture. Add flour mixture; beat on medium speed 1-2 minutes until blended. Divide batter evenly among cupcake liners. Bake 18-21 minutes until knife inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, in a clean mixing bowl, beat remaining 1 cup butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; beat in powdered sugar. Add caramel sauce and remaining 2 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. salt; beat well. Remove small amounts of frosting to two separate bowls; stir green food coloring into one and brown into the other. On a serving tray, arrange cupcakes into horse shape according to photo. Generously frost and decorate cupcakes as needed to create picture.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories380
Total Fat22g
Saturated Fat13g
Cholesterol85mg
Sodium260mg
Total Carbohydrate45g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars31g
Protein3g