Recipe courtesy of Alison Riede

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

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes
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Ingredients

Candied Pecans:

Honey Blue Cheese Frosting:

Cheddar Cheese Crisps:

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with 12 liners. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.

Candied Pecans:

Yield: 2 cups.
  1. 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. 

Honey Blue Cheese Frosting:

  1. Cream the cream cheese and butter together in a mixer. Add the blue cheese and honey. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix well.

Cheddar Cheese Crisps:

Yield: 12 crisps.
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Drop quarter-size mounds of cheese on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the cheese is crispy, about 5 minutes. 
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