Butter Pecan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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These butter pecan cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are quite possibly my favorite cupcake ever … and I’ve known a lot of cupcakes, folks. If you are a fan of butter pecan ice cream, I’m feeling super confident that you will be a fan of these cupcakes too.

That delicious, fragrant butter pecan flavor is unmistakable in this recipe. 

From the moment my blogging friend Valentina, The Baking Fairy, extended the invite for today’s Cupcake Lover’s Day sharing event, I knew I wanted to participate. However, at first I was thinking of doing a cupcake version of the classic Hummingbird Cake…and then I thought about Italian Cream Cake cupcakes.

I actually got really caught up and fixated on a creating a cupcake that used pecans!

So, in the end, I decided to do just that and I tinkered around to make these flavorful, pecan-packed cupcakes. I decided to pair them up with a classic cream cheese frosting and the two make a terrific team, in my opinion. The crumb of these butter pecan cupcakes is sweet and all that sweetness is offset perfectly by the slight tang of the cream cheese icing.

Today is National Cupcake Lover’s Day and I’ve joined up with several other talented bloggers to suggests lots of ways for you all the celebrate the occasion! I hope you give these butter pecan cupcakes a try and that you see several recipes below that you like too!

Happy Baking, y’all!!

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Thank you so much to Valentina, The Baking Fairy  for organizing this sweet event!

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Butter Pecan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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If you’re a fan of butter pecan ice cream, I think you’ll agree that the rich, classic butter pecan flavor is unmistakeable in these cupcakes! Tangy cream cheese frosting perfectly compliments these sweet and flavorful Butter Pecan Cupcakes! These are a perfect sweet treat for any time of the year, but we love to enjoy them most in the fall.


  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup salted butter

  • 1-1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten

  • 1 cup milk 

  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (8 oz) brick of cream cheese, room temperature (I used Neuchaftel Cheese)

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350° and line a standard-size muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a skillet. Once the butter is warm (careful not to burn the butter), add the chopped pecans. Coat the pecans with the melted butter and saute until most of the butter is absorbed and the pecan are fragrant (1-2 minutes). Remove buttered pecan.pieces from the heat and remove them from the pan. Separate pecan pieces into two bowls, one with 2/3 cup  and the other with the remaining 1/3 cup and set them aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and set the bowl aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer or another medium-sized mixing bowl using a wooden spoon, cream the butter and the sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract and eggs.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, one half at a time, alternating with the milk (1/2 cup at a time) to make a thick, but pourable batter. Fold in the reserved 2/3 cup of buttered pecan pieces.

  • Fill the lined muffin cups evenly with batter (about 2/3 full). Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cupcakes appear done and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  • Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a rack. Top with cream cheese frosting and garnish cupcakes with the remaining 1/3 cup chopped pecan pieces. Enjoy!

  • For the cream cheese frosting
  • Use a mixer or a wooden spoon to mix the cream cheese and butter until well-combined. Stir in the vanilla extract .

  • Stir in the sifted powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until the cream cheese frosting this thick and creamy. 
  • Use a butter knife or a piping bag fitted with a large round tip and frost the butter pecan cupcakes!

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  • Recipe from A Little Fish in the Kitchen blog at www.alittlefishinthekitchen.com. All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish. 


  1. these look absolutely perfect! i definitely classify myself as a cupcake lover. 🙂

  2. You had me at butter pecan! I love the flavor, and they look so pretty! Definitely a hit at my house!

  3. Hi there, John!! Thank you!!

  4. Hi Liz, thank you very much!!

  5. I LOVE butter pecan too! Thank you, Teri!

  6. They are a real sweet treat, Deb! Thank you!

  7. Hi there, Andrea!! Thank you, my friend! 🙂

  8. Thank you, Nichi!!

  9. Enjoy, Cindy!! Thank you!

  10. Hi David! I hope you all enjoy the recipe!! Please let me know how it works out for you, if you make a batch! 🙂

  11. Thank you!! 🙂

  12. Hi Heather, thank you! My husband was a big fan of these cupcakes and he doesn't have a huge sweet tooth like me 🙂

  13. Thank you, Carlee! 🙂

  14. Hi there, Heather! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  15. Hi Karen and thank you! It's great cupcake for summer! It really does remind me of the flavored ice cream 🙂

  16. Thank you, Leanne! Cream cheese frosting is one of my favorite things too!

  17. Thank you, Tania! I hope you all enjoy the cupcakes! 🙂

  18. Hi Valentina, thank you! And thank you for hosting this fun event!

  19. Hi Camilla, thank you! I hope you enjoy them if you make a batch! 🙂

  20. Hi Wendy, thank you for your kind comment! 🙂

  21. Thank you, Samantha!! 🙂

  22. Hi there, Audrey! Thanks for your visit!! 🙂

  23. Hi Angie! Thank you!! 🙂

  24. Neat cupcakes! LOVE the frosting — sounds delish. Thanks!

  25. What a delicious way to celebrate National Cupcake Day!! The flavor combo sounds fabulous!!

  26. I definitely need these in my life – what a delicious combination!

  27. Dear Marcelle, a lovely recipe indeed – the combination of butter and pecans sounds like a real treat! And you made them look absolutely picture perfect!

  28. Love the combo of flavors!

  29. I love this as ice cream. I need to try it as a cupcake!

  30. I do love butter pecan ice cream so I know I will love these! I very rarely make cupcakes but have pinned this for a pecan-themed dinner I am attending this fall! (We plan early…)

  31. I love butter pecan, but never think to make it. These look absolutely fabulous!

  32. I need to make these cupcakes for my husband this weekend. He loves anything butter pecan!

  33. I LOVE butter pecan ice cream but I wouldn't have thought to make them in cupcake form. YUM.

  34. I haven't had anything butter pecan flavored in a while.

  35. I love that fluffy cream cheese frosting, and now I'm craving the flavors of butter pecan.

  36. It's been a long time since I've had butter pecan ice cream, and I've definitely never had it in cupcake form! These look delicious, especially with that decadent cream cheese frosting!

  37. Butter pecan sounds so delicious!! They are so pretty too. Would be perfect for a bridal shower I am hosting next month!

  38. These butter pecan cupcakes sound AMAZING! That rich cream cheese frosting swirl on top is just calling my name! Thank you so much for participating 🙂

  39. This post made me miss my Mom. She loved butter pecan. How I wish she were still here so I could make these for her.

  40. Those look SO delicious, Marcelle. I haven't thought about 'buttered pecan' as a flavor in a long time. But now I can't stop thinking about it.

  41. Oh man! Butter pecan is the best! These look absolutely delish!

  42. Ooooh! butter pecan is one of my favorites, and then you went and added some luscious cream cheese frosting. wipes drool from keyboard.

  43. They look so tender and delicious! And that cream cheese frosting is definitely a winner!

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