Creme Brulee Cupcakes

For Hubby’s birthday, I told him I’d make a treat for him to take in to work. As I’ve mentioned before, his favorite dessert is creme brulee. I’ve made it twice for him already. But, creme brulee doesn’t travel to work very well. So instead, I gave him a list of 10 desserts that are at the top of my must-bake list.

When I added this recipe as the last option for him, I knew there was no point in even giving him the list. Sure enough, he chose his favorite dessert in cupcake form for his birthday treat.

I have to admit that I’m very glad he chose this recipe, because it’s amazing. The cupcakes really do taste like creme brulee. I made the cupcakes and frosting the night before his birthday and then we torched them in the morning before heading to work. Hubby said they only lasted about 10 minutes in the kitchen at work.

The other great thing about these cupcakes is that I found my new favorite way to frost a cupcake. I just loved how the cupcakes looked with a good portion of the cake peaking out, but there still being plenty of frosting. I decided at that point that I will be frosting cupcakes like this again (as I did for my Red Velvet cupcakes).

As a side note, for those of you who know, Hubby’s birthday is in February. This post is going up in April. I tend to do this unless there is a deadline for a blogging event. When I make something to be blogged, I add the pictures, recipe and link to the original source, then save it as a draft. Then on some random day, I go back and finish up the post and set it to publish at some point in the future. So on an evening like tonight, I can bust out about 10 posts while Hubby plays video games with his buddy. Then if I don’t have time to write blog posts for another month, it’s ok.

Creme Brulee Cupcakes – Adapted from Clara, originally from How to Eat a Cupcake
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch for the egg whites
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 cup milk – I used 1/4 c water + 3/4 c heavy cream
3 tablespoons caramel syrup – I used Smuckers ice cream topping
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Alternately beat in dry ingredients and milk.

Add caramel syrup and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff but not dry. Gently fold whites into batter.

Spoon batter into cupcake papers, filling cups about 2/3 full. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool.

Brown sugar swiss meringue buttercream
1 cup light brown sugar
4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

Put sugar, egg whites and salt into the top of a double boiler over a pan of simmering water. Whisking constantly, cook until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm (about 160 degrees). Pour heated egg whites into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat egg white mixture on high speed until it forms stiff (but not dry) peaks. Continue beating until fluffy and cooled, about 7 minutes total.

Switch to the paddle attachment. With mixer on medium-low, add butter two tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Increase speed to medium-high; continue beating until frosting appears thick, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and continue beating 1 minute to reduce air bubbles.

To assemble cupcakes
Remove center of cupcake using the cone method. Fill cupcake with buttercream. Sprinkle brown sugar on top and caramelize with creme brulee torch.

I’m entering this in Joelen’s Tasty Tools event for April. She’s featuring muffin pans this month!

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9 Responses to “Square Cake Balls”

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    brannyboilsover — July 9, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    What a great cake sacrifice! Looks yummy.

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    thecookingnurse — July 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    This looks great, and alot less intimidating then cake balls

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    Molly Jean — July 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Well those looks cute and easy!

    And I love the “i-poo”!!! My friends and I have something similar but with “a-roo”… Jake-a-roo, Mol-a-roo, etc 🙂

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    smellslikehome — July 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    great idea to use them for cake balls! i saw this pan at Michael’s a few weeks ago and thought the same things as you (about cutting the brownies) but now i might have to use my next coupon on one of these bad boys. thanks for the review!

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    Ingrid — July 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve seen that brownie pan….Wilton is trying to start a brownie trend as they now have lots of “brownie equipment”.

    Happy Birthday!

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    Megan — July 11, 2009 at 12:02 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope it was terrific. I checked the button and was able to Stumble your post. These cake balls look terrific. Love that they are square!

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    Danielle Hawes — August 5, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I was at Michaels and saw the pan and thought the same exact thing!!!

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    sneha — January 8, 2010 at 9:59 am

    this is such a great idea. I have the Wilton pan and I often make cake or oreo balls. Thanks

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    sarah — June 17, 2020 at 11:34 am

    I cannot find the passion fruit anywhere unfortunately. What can I sub in for the passion fruit nectar? Can I use vanilla instead?

    Thank you!

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