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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.

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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.

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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….


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!

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Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes
Yields 12
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for the cupcakes
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. 2 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 cup browned butter, cooled*
  6. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  7. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  8. 3 eggs
  9. 2 tsp vanilla
  10. 1/4 cup milk
  11. 1/4 cup brewed coffee, cooled
for the frosting
  1. 5 tbsp flour
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 2 tsp vanilla
  4. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  5. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  6. a tsp or two of cinnamon, for dusting
  1. *To brown butter: melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly as it continues to cook and foam. After a few minutes, it will begin to turn a rich brown and smell nutty. Remove from heat immediately and let cool before using in cupcake recipe.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line one 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt until well combined. In a small bowl combine milk and coffee.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer (or a large bowl with a hand mixer) beat browned butter with both sugars until well incorporated. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated, then beat in vanilla.
  5. On the slowest speed of your mixer, alternatively beat in dry ingredients and milk/coffee mixture to the butter mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. (Example: stir in 1/3 flour mixture, then 1/2 the milk/coffee mixture, and repeat until all is mixed together).
  6. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 way full with cupcake batter and bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into 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.
While they are cooling, make the frosting
  1. Stir together the flour and milk in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it begins to bubble and sputter. Whisk constantly until the mixture thickens to the consistency of thick cake batter (this can happen anywhere between 3-7 minutes, so watch carefully!)
  2. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and let cool completely. While this is cooling, beat granulated sugar and butter for a full three minutes until pale and fluffy. Once the flour/milk mixture has cooled, beat this into the butter/sugar mixture for a full minute or two until fully incorporated.
  3. Pipe/frost cupcakes, dust with cinnamon, and serve
Adapted from Frosting Recipe from Can You Stay for Dinner
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28 Responses to “Cinnamon Dolce Latte Cupcakes”
  1. Ashley says:

    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!

    • Thanks Ashley! And trust me, I thought it would be weird but it is by far the most heavenly frosting I’ve ever made! :D

    • Karla says:

      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. Lots of cinnamon and brown butter frosting?! I’m in! With a cinnamon dolce latte to go with it, of course!

  4. Definitely would go perfect with a Cinnamon Dolce Latte! BTW, I love your new header….did you do it yourself? Very nice!

  5. How cool is it that there is no icing sugar for the frosting! Amazing! thumbs up!!

  6. huntfortheverybest says:

    they look delish!

  7. 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!

  8. These cupcakes look delicious and super pretty. They remind me of the cooler months, so I don’t mind curling up with a few. ;)

  9. themondaybox says:

    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! :)

  10. So many wonderful things in these, my goodness! Browned butter and cinnamon sounds wonderful. And I’m super curious to try that icing!

  11. I really love these cupcakes… Aaamazing!! I also love your photography here… wow…really stunning. Well done my friend. :)

  12. BruCrew Life says:

    Yup. I wake up with ideas all the time!! ;) This was a FANTASTIC idea!! Looks awesome!!

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