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Little Brother’s Brown Sugar Birthday Cupcakes with a Peanut Butter Buttercream


I have been getting it in at the gym this week. I wish I can say it’s because I’ve been naturally motivated and that’s just how I do, but I would be lying. I have been off my gym game for a couple of week now… until I ate (an untold amount) of delicious cupcakes that I made for my brother’s 20th birthday. The guilt swelled (or maybe it was my belly) in me with every fluffy sweet bite of these yummy terrible things.

Here are some pics of the end result! They didn’t last long!

I got the recipe from

Brown Sugar Cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes)

1 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt, stirring to mix. Set aside. Line a cupcake tin with liners.

In a large bowl, whisk brown sugar and egg until smooth. Add in vanilla extract and milk, again mixing until combined. Slowly pour in melted butter, continuing to whisk. Add in the flour, soda and salt, mixing with a large spoon until batter is smooth.

Using a 1/4 cup measure, add batter to liners. Bake for 16-19 minutes, or until tops are puffy and golden, and don’t jiggle when touched. Let cool completely.

Peanut Butter Brown Sugar Frosting

6 ounces cold cream cheese

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

raw turbinado sugar for topping, if desired

Add cream cheese to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until smooth, then add peanut butter and vanilla extract, mixing until combined. Add in brown and powdered sugars gradually, with the mixture on low speed. Once everything has been added, turn to medium-high speed and mix for 4-5 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides. If you’d like the frosting a bit sturdier, add additional powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time, mixing like before. Frost cupcakes!

I try not to indulge my sweet tooth too often, but I just had to give this recipe a whirl and cook up something with a little love for my brother’s big day. This was my first time making cupcakes and I was overwhelmed at first, but I’m glad I tried because it was super easy and super delicious! He loved them! I hope you try them and enjoy them, too!


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2 thoughts on “Little Brother’s Brown Sugar Birthday Cupcakes with a Peanut Butter Buttercream

  1. I can see why they didn’t last long, they look delish!

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