Butter Pecan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 1-1/2 dozen cupcakes

For the cupcakes


  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1-1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk 


1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° and line a standard-size muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

2. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a skillet. Once the butter is warm (careful not to burn the butter), add the chopped pecans. Coat the pecans with the melted butter and saute until most of the butter is absorbed and the pecan are fragrant (1-2 minutes). Remove buttered pecan.pieces from the heat and remove them from the pan. Separate pecan pieces into two bowls, one with 2/3 cup  and the other with the remaining 1/3 cup and set them aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and set the bowl aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer or another medium-sized mixing bowl using a wooden spoon, cream the butter and the sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract and eggs.

4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, one half at a time, alternating with the milk (1/2 cup at a time) to make a thick, but pourable batter. Fold in the reserved 2/3 cup of buttered pecan pieces.

5. Fill the lined muffin cups evenly with batter (about 2/3 full). Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cupcakes appear done and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

6. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a rack. Top with cream cheese frosting and garnish cupcakes with the remaining 1/3 cup chopped pecan pieces.

7. Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1 (8 oz) brick of cream cheese, room temperature (I used Neuchaftel Cheese)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted


1. Use a mixer or a wooden spoon to mix the cream cheese and butter until well-combined. Stir in the vanilla extract .

2. Stir in the sifted powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until the cream cheese frosting this thick and creamy. 

3. Use a butter knife or a piping bag fitted with a large round tip and frost the butter pecan cupcakes!

4. Enjoy!

Recipe from A Little Fish in the Kitchen blog at www.alittlefishinthekitchen.com. All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish.