Flavors of Fall Week is sponsored by Millican Pecan and Door County Coffee but all opinions are 100% my own.
While I am a summer girl through and through I have to admit that in the last 5 to 10 years fall has really been growing on me. I love being able to throw on a hoodie when I’m going outside but not have to worry about a coat. The flavors that come out in the fall like pumpkin, apples, and spices are some of my favorite. Fall is definitely my favorite foodie season.
I recently received a box of Door County Coffee Fall Flavors and they are amazing. If you’ve never had Door County Coffee you need to try it. Just the smell of it gets me excited. I could totally guess the flavor of the coffee just by the scent which isn’t always the case. The have a Bourbon Pecan Pie Coffee which was the basis for my Bourbon Pecan Pie Coffee Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting.
The base of the cupcake is simply a vanilla cupcake made with brown sugar instead of granulated because when I think of pecan pie I think of brown sugar. Into the cupcake batter goes strong brewed Bourbon Pecan Pie Coffee. While a lot of coffees simply add a hint of flavor to baked goods this coffee really seems to hold its flavor.
To give the cupcakes a little more pecan flavor I also added chopped Millican Pecan pecans. The cupcakes baked up nicely and had a delicious smell. I ate one before putting the frosting on just to see if I could get the flavors I wanted and I certainly could. The pecan pie flavor is evident with just a hint of bourbon. These are delicious cupcakes even without the frosting.
Now let’s talk about this frosting. It gave me a hard time. The first time I tried making it I used caramel sauce and some of the coffee and it was so runny. I could not add enough powdered sugar to make the frosting firm. My second shot at the frosting was much better. I left the coffee out since the cupcakes already had enough flavor in them and used about half the caramel sauce and more butter. This seemed to work out better. While the frosting still wasn’t super firm it was good enough to hold its shape.
The frosting is buttery and flavored with caramel. On top of that I put just a dusting of cinnamon and a single Millican Cinnamon Candied Pecan on top. The cupcakes looked amazing and I couldn’t wait to try one. My husband and I each grabbed one and it was love at first bite. The frosting is sweet and tastes like caramel while the cupcakes definitely have a coffee and pecan flavor. These are basically fall in a cupcake!
For the cupcakes:
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 3/4 c. brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 2 t. baking powder
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/4 c. strong brewed Door County Coffee Bourbon Pecan Pie coffee, cooled
- 1/2 c. pecans, chopped (I used MIllican Pecans)
For the frosting:
- 1 1/2 sticks butter (12 tablespoons)
- 3 T. caramel sauce
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 t. vanilla
- 12 Millican Candied Cinnamon Pecans
- cinnamon for dusting (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar.
- Add the eggs and mix well.
- Stir in the vanilla.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well.
- Add in the coffee and stir until well combined.
- Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until everything is well combined.
- Fold in the pecans.
- Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
- To make the frosting place the butter in a large bowl and beat with a mixer.
- Add the caramel sauce and beat until smooth.
- Add the powdered sugar a cup at a time, beating after each addition, until desired consistency is reached. Mix in the vanilla.
- Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. Dust with cinnamon and top with candied cinnamon pecan.
A Hezzi-D Original recipe
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Welcome to Flavors of Fall where we celebrate all things associated with fall like squash, apples, pecans, sweaters, football; you get the idea! Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures have gathered 24 bloggers who have over 100 recipes they’re sharing this week in celebration of cool weather and sweatshirts. We hope you find many must make recipes so get your pinning, tweeting, and sharing fingers ready!
Here’s what we made for Thursday:
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer by Tip Garden
Butternut, Kale, Butterbean & Pesto Salad by Sweet Beginnings
Coffee Rubbed Pork with Autumn Spices by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Eggplant Parmesan Boats by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Pecan Chicken and Grape Salad by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Potato Rosemary Bread with Roasted Garlic by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Caramel Apple Upsidedown Cake by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Maple Butter Pecan Rice Krispie Treats by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Pecan Tassies by Palatable Pastime
Vegan Chocolate Pecan Hand Pies by The Baking Fairy
Prize 1 – Door County Coffee and Tea Company
Founded in 1993 in Door County, WI, Door County Coffee and Tea Company is a small family owned business. Roasting a variety of flavors for 26 years, one winner will receive three full pot bags of all of their fall flavors. 21 bags in all! Their mission through the years has been to produce high quality, best-tasting coffee using only Specialty Class 1 Arabica coffee beans. Combine that with superior roasting technology and you get a wonderfully even and perfect roast every time and that means the perfect pot of coffee. A $40 value.
Prize 2 – Millican Pecan Tower of Treats Gift Tins
Originally founded as the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800’s, Millican Pecan is now in 5th generation ownership. Located in San Saba, TX, the family continues the tradition of pecan farming while also branching the business into the online world. The family also enjoys educating people about pecans. One winner will receive The Tower of Treats Gift Tins. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is a 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles). An $80 value.
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