Meringue-Topped Spice Cupcakes Recipe

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground pecans
  1. Place egg whites in a mixing bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in another mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add the egg yolks, milk and vanilla; mix well.
  2. Combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture until combined. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  3. Add cream of tartar to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in nuts. Spread about 2 tablespoons over each cupcake.
  4. Bake 11-12 minutes longer or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.