pecan pie cupcakes w/ cinnamon mascarpone frosting

For those on a diet, pass this post on by.....
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This cupcake is pure fattening decadence. It has a ton of fat, sugar, calories, butter, etc..., but you know what? It's so totally worth it.
I love pecan pie, but I'm sorry I'm already bored with how boring it is. I mean the crust is good, but I want to kick that up a notch by adding something to it, be it heat, cheese or something. And then I saw these little pecan cupcakes over at Bake or Break.
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I thought how perfect a little flavor combination in a cupcake? But I was dying to add a frosting to it--a cheese frosting on there, but didn't want cream cheese because it's way too heavy for this type of cupcake, so I settled on something lighter like mascarpone cheese. And it worked, perfectly. You seriously must try these. They are easy as pecan pie to make. And try this frosting on some of your other creations: be it breads, carrot cakes, pancakes, pound cakes, cake cookies, etc... It really is that good. The only down side is mascarpone cheese is expensive.
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pecan pie cupcakes with cinnamon mascarpone frosting
recipe adapted from Bake or Break
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1 ½ cups toasted & chopped pecans
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 ¾ cup packed brown sugar
2 sticks salted butter, melted
1 ts salt
1 ½ ts of good quality vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients and mix well. (I added all ingredients, mixed then added the butter in, mixed, then added in the eggs and mixed again)
Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
Fill each 3/4 full. (I filled them to the top)
Bake in preheated oven for approx. 30 – 40 minutes
(start to watch them after 30 minutes as this cooks all depending on your oven and type of cupcake pans).
You can tell they are done when a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean, just like a cake does. Cool before frosting.
To make the frosting see below.

cinnamon mascarpone frosting

8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 - 2 TB of confectioner’s sugar
1 TB ground cinnamon

Mix the mascarpone with the icing sugar and cinnamon to taste.
Frost cupcakes have they cooled completely.
Makes 12 regular size cupcakes

Cook Notes:
I added in way more pecans, about 2 cups. I did not chop the pecans too small, but rather big chunks. The original recipe was half of what I have up there; I assume it was for mini cupcakes. I made regular sized cupcakes, but you can try the mini’s and tell me how they were. These cupcakes do not rise, so how I went ahead and filled them to the top. The batter will be liquidly, that’s ok. The original recipe did not add in vanilla; I simply had too.
The frosting should not be too sweet as the cupcake already is. So adjust the amount of sugar you put in there. I didn’t want it too sweet, but more of a mild taste with some cinnamon so I used about 1 ½ TB of confectioners sugar. I’ve also seen these cupcakes with no frosting and a good drizzle of melted milk chocolate over the tops.
Notes: Keep in mind this frosting does not have the same type of consistency as regular frosting this is thinner, and will not poof up high. So it's best to chill this first before spreading. If you put the frosting on a warm cupcake it will dribble down the sides in no time. The next time I make these I will only fill the muffin tins up halfway so the muffins aren't as thick. And I will only add in 1 cup of flour instead of 1 1/4 cup as I want more of a pie like batter.


  1. Ohhh, the topping reminds me of the cinnamon ice cream....you're naughty and I luv these!

  2. Wow! The nice thing is this has minimal ingredients.

  3. These are to DIE for! Look at those pecans, I could dive head first into that frosting! These are PERFECT Dawn!

  4. I've been wanting to do a cinnamon mascarpone frosting on something for a while! I am saving this recipe and I will let you know what I end up using it for. Thanks!

  5. Hey Dawn! You want to make me fat? (fatter?) LOL
    These look wonderful! Marscapone frosting? Oh my! ;)

  6. My husband walked by and saw these- he said "I eat those, what are they?"

    SO glad you did an interior picture- they look luscious. I love mascarpone cheees- I made oatmeal raisin sandwich cookies not too long ago and the filling was made with a mixture of cream cheese, mascarpone and honey- so good!

  7. mmm those look good :) i am definitely making these! and i love mascarpone cheese anything!!!!

  8. Can you believe I've never had pecan pie before? I think I may be skipping directly to these instead-- the mascarpone has won me over :)

  9. Great choice for the frosting. Wow, these look delicious. You are a most amazing baker! Every single post impresses me.

  10. Those on diet: beware. I would love that treat. Looks so good & tempting.

  11. Oh mother of all goodness, holy crap I must make these right away! Wow!

  12. Oh man, pecan pie is one of the best pies ever created, other than apple pie of course. Hooray for fattening decadence and Florida State!

  13. That marscapone frosting looks delicious...that looks worth it all by itself. Who cares about calories when eating cupcakes? LOL


  14. Cinnamon frosting? Oh babe, now we're talking here :) That's a rollercoaster of awesome for the tastbuds. Nice job.

    I agree with leaving the pecans in big pieces. Not only is it easier, but it's nice to get a big o' piece sometimes :)

  15. I love Monica's comment! Thanks for the laugh. I definitely eat these too. Nice twist on puh-cahn pie (you being an Emeril fan, I know you know what he says about pee-cans: that those are for truck drivers.) :)

  16. mmm...sinful. delightfully sinful. i think i'd prefer my pecan pie in cupcake form, especially with a cinnamon-heavy frosting on top. awesome. :)

  17. Who cares about fattening cupcakes if they look wonderful like these?! Oh boy look at those peacans!!!

  18. Oh my. These looks so pretty and tasty. The frosting sounds amazing!

  19. wow, these look amazing! dangerous but good.

  20. Oh, wow - these do look like pure indulgence! Yum!

  21. wow...i simply can't get enough of your cupcakes and everything else!...looks super yummy!

  22. i was hoping as i scrolled down that post that there would be a picture of one of those cupcakes split open - mmmm... that one is the money shot!

  23. omg i just died and went to cupcake heaven. i would eat the whole bowl of batter before it would even be possible to bake them.

  24. These look wonderful! I love pecan pie! I bet that frosting is heavenly!!

  25. Cupcakes are such perfect little creations aren't they...

  26. These look delicious I think I will 100% be making these!

  27. Like bloody h..., am I on a diet and going to pass this by. This looks so darn tasty, I want to linger and eat with my eyes!

  28. Very creative and I love the frosting!

  29. Looks delicious! I just discovered that I love pecans so I will have to try this!

  30. I love mascarpone when used as an icing. It just had that tang that you can't get from regular cream cheese. These look perfect.

  31. Oh man! I need to try these too. I like the frosting on this one!


  32. Pecan pie cupcakes sound really good! Nice frosting!

  33. I have never EVER subscribed to a blog ... but this one I cannot resist! It all looks so yummy!

  34. Thanks to Facebook "memories" I'm running across this recipe again! I never did make these, and wondering if you ever made them again with the adjustments you mentioned (1 c flour vs 2)? Thanks!


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