Sharp Cheddar Cupcakes with Candied Pecan Topping and Honey Blue Cheese Frosting

Total Time:
55 min
25 min
30 min

12 cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar
  • Candied Pecans, recipe follows
  • Honey Blue Cheese Frosting, recipe follows
  • Cheddar Cheese Crisps, recipe follows
  • Candied Pecans:
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans, finely chopped, plus 12 whole pecans
  • Honey Blue Cheese Frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 tablespoons blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Cheddar Cheese Crisps:
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with 12 liners.

  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, granulated sugar, milk, butter, baking powder, vanilla and egg. Add the cheese and stir to combine. Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full and bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool.

  • Spoon a tablespoon of Candied Pecans on each cooled cupcake. Then frost each cupcake with Honey Blue Cheese Frosting. Finally, garnish with a Cheddar Cheese Crisp and 1 whole candied pecan.

  • This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchens have not tested it for home use, therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

Candied Pecans:
  • Combine the brown sugar, 1/4 cup water and butter in saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the sugar melts. Stir in all the pecans. Continue cooking over medium heat until the sugar reaches a full boil, stirring occasionally. Watch carefully as the sugar will boil fairly quickly. As soon as the mixture reaches full boil, remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool. Remove the whole pecans and save for garnish. Spoon candied pecans over cupcakes when sugar becomes sticky and not too runny. Yield: 2 cups.

Honey Blue Cheese Frosting: Cheddar Cheese Crisps:
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Drop quarter-size mounds of cheese on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the cheese is crispy, about 5 minutes. Yield: 12 crisps.

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