Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes

Hello friends!

So I’m sure my blogging buds can attest to this, but do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with an idea?

More specifically, an idea that could possibly transform into the most delectable cupcake you’ve ever created?

I mean, it could be the sheer amount of time I spend on Pinterest before bedtime. It’s just full of so many cakes I want to bake…

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes (recipe) - on sugar mountain

and eat…

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes (recipe) - on sugar mountain

and bake and eat again.

But back to my inspired cupcake moment: I know that making Starbucks-inspired sweet treats is nothing new (remember those Salted Caramel Mocha cookies? TO-DIE-FOR) but I always find that the Cinnamon Dolce Latte never makes it to this stage.

It’s a latte bursting with cinnamon flavor: how have we not made this into a dessert?!

So, I had my moment: a cinnamon dolce latte cupcake.

But it couldn’t be a simple vanilla cupcake with some cinnamon thrown in.

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes (recipe) - on sugar mountain

Of course, this needed to have plenty of cinnamon to be sure, but why not a little strongly brewed coffee, decadent browned butter, plenty of brown sugar

and then the most magnificent, pillowy, whipped-cream-inspired frosting the likes of which yours truly has never seen.

Oh yeah: this cupcake has it all.

Browned butter and cinnamon should really just become bffls. Their flavors complement each other so well, I sort of want to include them in all my baked goods now.

And I mean ALL OF THEM.

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes (recipe) - on sugar mountain

We do need to spend a little time chatting about this frosting though.

Friends, I will admit, I was so terrified to try this frosting. It has flour in it.

I’m serious: flour, in my frosting. Oh and the flour is simmered with milk to make this thick (slightly strange smelling) roux-like mixture, which is then cooled and whipped into butter and granulated sugar.

….

Do you see my hesitation? No powdered sugar, no heavy cream, instead a giant lump of flour/milk paste….

Ew.

But, and this is a giant BUT (teehee) this frosting rocked my world.

It also rocked the world of everyone who came near it.

may or may not have squeezed whatever was left in the piping bag directly into my mouth as an appetizer to my lunch.

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes (recipe) - on sugar mountain

This is easily my new go-to frosting: I found it on Can You Stay for Dinner and I plan on using it on every cupcake imaginable. It’s soft and light like whipped cream, but stable enough to pipe. I also love that it’s sweet without being cloyingly so like many powdered sugar frosting recipes I’ve tried in the past.

Also, now I don’t have to deal with the inevitable oh-crap-I-forgot-to-buy-powdered-sugar-how-will-I-frost-my-cupcakes-my-life-is-over crisis that happens all too often in my kitchen.

Woohoo for less kitchen crises!

So, these cupcakes: make them. Inhale them. Share them with everyone you can. Enjoy them with a real cinnamon dolce latte or any of your other favorite Starbucks drinks.

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes (recipe) - on sugar mountain

I’ll be back Wednesday with MORE CAKE!

Because we all absolutely, positively, without a doubt need more cake in our lives. :D

Happy Baking!

OSM Signature

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes

Full of cinnamon, brown sugar, brown butter, coffee, and topped with a creamy whipped cream-like frosting, these Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes are the perfect treat for a chilly autumn day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup browned butter*
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line one 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Combine milk and coffee in a small bowl.
  2. In a separate, larger bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment) beat browned butter and both sugars, followed by eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla.
  3. Mix in flour mixture and milk/coffee mixture in alternating batches (start with flour, then some milk, then some flour etc) until everything is mixed together and a thick, smooth batter has formed.
  4. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 way full with batter, then bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for a few minutes before carefully removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. While cupcakes cool, make THIS frosting . She explains it best so I urge you to follow her directions exactly! It's so worth it.
  6. Pipe frosting onto completely cooled cupcakes, dust with more cinnamon, and serve!

Notes

*To brown butter: heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it melts. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, as butter begins to foam. Keep cooking and stirring until butter turns a caramel brown color (about 5 minutes) and then remove from heat immediately.

http://onsugarmountain.com/2013/10/28/cinnamon-dolce-latte-cupcakes/

Jess Gonzalez

30 Comments

  1. Brown butter and cinnamon sounds like a fantastic combination in these!! I also am completely in love with the little straws : ) These are awesome Jess! I’ve never made a frosting with flour but you may have convinced me to give it a try!

    • I made two batches of icing and could not get it to thicken. Was runny. What am I doing wrong? Are the measurements above right?

      • Hi Karla,

        So sorry to hear the recipe didn’t come together for you! I copied the measurements exactly from the blog I found it from; if I could suggest making sure the flour is mixed completely into the milk as you hear it (if lumps sit on the bottom, then it won’t thicken) and to keep cooking/stirring for a full 10 minutes before calling it quits.

  2. I totally get the waking up in the middle of the night with an idea thing. It happens to me all the time and I have a list on my phone so I can jot them down whenever I need to! These cupcakes are super cute! I’m a big fan of anything with tons of cinnamon and yummy frosting. Love those colorful straws!

  3. It’s uncommon that I get so excited about the winter holidays when it should really still be summer (not that it is, but a girl can dream, right?)–but this cinnamon has really got me excited. Brown bugger + cinnamon + me = bffl’s, for sure–thanks for sharing!

  4. Pinterest should have a warning label. It is like caffeine and shouldn’t be consumed before bed time! :) To be honest, it may not be all Pinterest’s fault. Even without Pinterest I have had sleep deprived nights due to cookie ideas. They are going to come up with a psychological term for this disorder! In the meantime, cupcake flavors this good are worth a little sleep deprivation! :)

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! I added a little more cinnamon (just because I love it) and also about a tablespoon of cocoa. Beautiful smell, beautiful texture, beautiful taste! Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so – something I really like in sweet baked goods.

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