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Brown-Sugar Pound Cupcakes with Brown-Butter Glaze


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  • 3 cup(s) sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 8 ounce(s) (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cup(s) (packed) light-brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup(s) buttermilk
  • Brown-Butter Glaze
  • 4 ounce(s) (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cup(s) sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon(s) (up to 4) whole milk


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Step 1

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
2.Reduce speed to low. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk and ending with dry ingredients. Scrape sides of bowl. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full, and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks.
3.Set rack with cupcakes over a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon Brown-Butter Glaze over tops, and let stand until set. Serve glazed cupcakes immediately.

Glaze:1.Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Carefully pour butter into a bowl, leaving sediment behind.
2.Add sugar, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons milk to butter, and stir until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add more milk. Use immediately.


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