Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Biscoff Frosting #PumpkinWeek

by Erin

Moist and flavorful brown butter pumpkin cupcakes topped with sweet cookie butter frosting. If you’re bringing them to a party you may want to double the batch!

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Biscoff Frosting 1

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Biscoff Frosting 2

If you haven’t been browning your butter you really should start. One extra step is all it takes to increase the depth of the flavor or whatever you are cooking, whether it be sweet or savory. In the case of these cupcakes the result was so delicious that I should have made a double batch. I brought them to a party and people were practically fighting over them and the last one was split into fourths just to keep the peace. The cupcakes are a bit heavier than traditional cupcakes due to the addition of pumpkin puree but they are not lacking on moisture. And if you love Speculoos/Biscoff cookies, you will rave over the frosting made out of cookie butter!

P.S. For those of you wondering, my friend Maggie adored her birthday cake saying it was “the best cake ever“! Just like the cake the weekend was filled with greatness. We also ran a 5K in which both Maggie and I placed 2nd in our respective age groups. If Maggie hadn’t just turned 30 I would’ve only made 3rd place haha.

One year ago: Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel for One

Two years ago: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Three years ago: Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles by Lauren’s Latest


Makes approximately 15 cupcakes


3/4 cups (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter

1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup Biscoff or Speculoos cookie spread

3-4 cups powdered sugar

2 Tbsp heavy cream or milk

Toffee for topping, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place liners in cupcake pan, and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer until it turns brown and nutty. Remove pan from the heat and pour the butter into a large heatproof bowl to stop the cooking. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  4. To the bowl with the butter, add the pumpkin, sugars, and eggs. Beat until smooth. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until they spring back when lightly touched.
  6. While the cupcakes cool, prepare the frosting. In a large bowl, beat butter and biscoff together until smooth. Add sugar and heavy cream and beat until light and fluffy. Add more powdered sugar or cream to reach desired consistency.
  7. When the cupcakes are completely cool, frost and decorate as desired.

Source: Cupcakes adapted from my Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream and Joanne Eats Well With Others. Frosting adapted from Dinners, Dishes & Desserts.


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Kristen @ Dinner For Two Blog October 26, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Biscoff frosting! I need this now!

Laura Dembowski October 22, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Major yum! Love the idea of pairing pumpkin and Biscoff.

veronica gantley October 21, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Your cupcakes sounds delicious and easy! I cant wait to make it for my family.

Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! October 21, 2014 - 3:34 pm

Gorgeous! I want to eat a whole plateful of these, they look so delicious!

Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere October 21, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Your cupcakes look so beautiful, like they belong in a fancy bakery display case! But that wouldn’t keep me from diving right into one!

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) October 21, 2014 - 11:17 am

Gosh these cupcakes look addictive. And that icing looks amazing!

Marion@Life Tastes Good October 21, 2014 - 10:20 am

I’ll take a dozen please!! Anything with cookie butter is a WIN for me!! That frosting sounds amazing! I bet the pumpkin cupcakes make a perfect flavor combo with it too! Yummmmm

Bea October 20, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Such beautiful cupcakes – I bet they taste amazing!

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures October 20, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Guilty here…I’ve never browned my butter. Okay, okay, I will now, Erin. Thanks for sharing with #PumpkinWeek.

holly waterfall October 20, 2014 - 12:23 pm

WOW! This is a combination made in cupcake heaven! I just love browned butter and think it totally adds another depth of flavor to any recipe.

Terri/Love and Confections October 20, 2014 - 9:33 am

I LOVE biscoff, and add browned butter, pumpkin and toffee, oh my goodness these cupcakes are calling my name. Gorgeous! Thanks for participating!

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm October 20, 2014 - 9:33 am

Yum!! Great first post for pumpkin week

Rebekah @ Making Miracles October 20, 2014 - 9:11 am

Ohhhh my heavens… biscoff FROSTING?!! This whole recipe sounds beyond divine. Amazing combination of flavors!

Sharana @ Living THe Sweet Life Blog October 20, 2014 - 8:59 am

Yummm!! This is going to be one delicious week :)

Liz October 20, 2014 - 8:19 am

Brown butter, toffee AND Biscoff? Swooning over these amazing cupcakes!!!


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