Day 173 – Pecan Pie Cupcakes

20 Jan

As many of you know, today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  What you may not know is that Pecan Pie was his favorite dessert.  So, in honor of MLK, today I picked Pecan Pie Cupcakes (recipe below from Taste of the South).  Also, in place of my typical Musical Monday selection, today I give you the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, given by Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963.

Now, enjoy the cupcakes!

Pecan-Cupcake     Mini-Pecan-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and moist. They are a lot like a nut-filled muffin.  Good spice-to-sweet ratio. It would make a fabulous muffin all by itself!

Brown-Sugar-Frosting

The frosting is a little grainy, but fluffy and soft.  It’s got a nice brown sugar/caramel flavor. Very sweet.

Pecan-Pie-Cupcake     Mini-Pecan-Pie

It almost tastes like a cookie when it’s all together. The brown sugar kind of blends in with the chocolate, even though there isn’t very much of it. Without the chocolate, the brown sugar and pecan flavors are way more obvious. The chocolate overwhelms, even though there isn’t much on it.

Pecan-Pie-Cupcake-top     Mini-Pecan-Pie-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 5
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 20

RECIPE

Pecan Pie Cupcakes (recipe from Taste of the South)

Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

  • ¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened and divided
  • 3½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate morsels, melted and cooled

Topping:

  • ¼ (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (1⁄2 sheet)
  • 1 tablespoon dark corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 12 pecan halves

For directions visit Taste of the South.

*Tomorrow: Spiced Cocoa Cupcakes*

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