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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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


  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.