Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Brown Butter Chocolate Popcorn Cupcakes

The title is a mouthful and so is this cupcake. Popcorn on top of a cupcake?! Sounds insane and a little overboard. Sounds like it might be gross. I'll tell you it is insane but it is definitely not gross. Its sort of the best invention as well as a unique explosion of flavor and textures. I saw this recipe and instantly wanted to try it just because it looked like nothing I've ever seen or tried before. It is definitely not for the faint of heart, as it is very sweet. But if you can handle it, you will be so happy you tried it.

Chocolate Popcorn Cupcakes


1 cup  flour ( you can use gluten free or all purpose)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 TSP baking soda
3/4 TSP baking powder
1/2 TSP salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 TSP vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, hot

Brown Butter  Frosting
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 TSP vanilla extract

3 cups popcorn
For chocolate on top, use a double boiler and melt your favorite type of chocolate chips and drizzle on top of cupcakes


Preheat oven to 350.
In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Whisk to combine. In a small bowl add the milk, egg, canola oil and vanilla extract. Stir then add to the flour mixture. Beat until the ingredients are well combined and then add the coffee. Beat until mixture is very smooth. Line a muffin tin with liners and using a 1/4 cup measure, add batter to each cup. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting add 4 tablespoons butter to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Whisk constantly until brown bits appear on the bottom, about 5-6 minutes, then immediately remove from the heat and add the cream and brown sugar. Return to the heat and bring to a boil, boil for one minute. Remove from the heat and add to the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir in the vanilla bean seeds and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Once cooled beat in the remaining softened butter. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the bowl and beat together until well combined. Let sit for 15-20 min to let harden a little bit.

To assemble the cupcakes: Frost the cupcakes then add a handful popcorn to each cupcake and use your hands to mold it together into a mound, making sure to push the popcorn into the frosting. Drizzle the melted chocolate on top the popcorn and place the cupcakes in the freezer for 5 minutes or let sit on the counter for 30 minutes so the chocolate can harden. These are best the same day you make them ( as the popcorn might become stale if you wait too long) Enjoy!!

Recipe adapted from: http://bit.ly/16qRzE8


  1. This is super fun idea to combine cupcakes and popcorn.I've featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don't mind, but if you do, please contact me and I'll remove it. All