Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

I was perusing my recipe index the other day and decided that the cupcake section was too chocolate-heavy. Not that there's anything wrong with chocolate, but I'm an equal-opportunity cupcake lover. So off I went to find a non-chocolate, non-fruity cupcake flavor.

Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Dulce de leche has been on my radar for a long time (plus it's all the rage right now), but I've always been hesitant to go through the high-risk process of making it at home. It involves boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk, bad news for accident-prone little me.

So I decided to spend the extra dollar and buy a can at my local Latino grocery store (I later spotted it in the ethnic foods section at Safeway if you're not lucky enough to live near a Latino grocer). That dollar was completely worth it. Rich, moist brown-sugary cake, topped with a rich dulce de leche buttercream and drizzled with a bit of straight-up melted dulce de leche. These are equally worthy of a special occasion or a work lunch on a random Tuesday. ¡Buen provecho!

Dulce de Leche Cupcakes
Printable Recipe
Adapted from justJENN Recipes
Makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan or insert paper liners.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the sugars and butter. Add the eggs and vanilla until combined. Alternate the flour mixture with the milk until you get a smooth batter. Spoon into the muffin pan wells equally, about 2/3 full.

4. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a testter comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Dulce de Leche Buttercream
Adapted from Joy the Baker

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3/4 cup dulce de leche

Cream together softened butter and powdered sugar on low using an electric mixer. Add cream, salt, and vanilla and beat on medium speed until smooth and no lumps appear. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the prepared dulce de leche and beat to incorporate. Frost cooled cupcakes using a knife or a pastry bag and tip.

24 comments:

Allie said...

delish!

Lauren said...

Oh yeah. I too am scared to try my hand at Dulce de Leche, but it might be fun to try =D.

Juliet said...

Oh boy - I may have to give these a try...my mouth is watering right now (and it's not even 9am)!

Dana Treat said...

Good decision! I always tend toward chocolate too, but caramel or caramel-like is my second choice. I never thought to look for dulce de leche at a Latin market - I've always paid a small fortune for it at Whole Foods. Not anymore!

Mollie said...

Those look FABULOUS! I wish I had one right now...I've noticed the Dulce de Leche trend as well - have you seen this cake by sporkorfoon?
http://www.sporkorfoon.com/spork_or_a_foon/2010/01/dulce-de-leche-cake-with-caramel-buttercream.html

grace said...

if you're gonna eschew chocolate AND fruit, dulce de leche is undoubtedly the way to go. frankly, i could and would eat that frosting straight from the mixing bowl. :)

sarah said...

you can make dulce de leche very easily and skip the (seemingly) high-risk can-boiling method, with DELICIOUS results (i make this all the time!): http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2005/11/dulce_de_lechec.html. my personal favorite (which takes considerably more time, but is totally worth it!) is cajeta, made from goat milk: http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/2008/03/mexican-sweet-treat-cajeta.html. it's amazing!! gorgeous cupcakes, btw :)

Katie said...

Hi, I was searching for a recipe for an ice cake for a dinner party tomorrow night and I follow wives with knives & popped across your blog! Your blog is different than most & Fun! I love it!

Pacific Girl too,
Katie

Maria said...

Such pretty cupcakes! I bet they taste wonderful too!

Ina said...

Really delicious! I'm also prone to kitchen disasters, but I've tried making Dulce de leche myself and all went fine. It was just time consuming ... Those cans were very popular among my friends as gifts because you can't by Dulce de leche here.

Jill @ Jillicious Discoveries said...

I'm trying to catch up on your last few posts, but I had to stop and comment on this one--I think I'm in love with these cupcakes--fabulous flavors and they look so delicious!! :)

Brittney said...

I just finished making these (no, literally, I'm typing this in the kitchen), and I'm so excited for these cupcakes to cool so I can eat one! I just tried the frosting and it is absolutely DIVINE. Probably one of the best frostings I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

Becca said...

Just made these, I added about a teaspoon of cinnamon to the cake batter...thought all that sweet deserved a little spice. :-D Turned out beautifully and delish. Thanks for the recipe!

Chuli & Pablo said...

The cupcake doesn't include dulce de leche in the preparation, is the recipe ok? or is the ingredient missing? I ask because it says DUlce de leche cupcake, but has no DDL on it...

Amy I. said...

Chuli & Pablo - Thanks for your observation! The cupcake recipe is meant to mimick the flavor of DDL, while the frosting actually does contain it. Cheers!

Chuli & Pablo said...

Thank you for your answer Amy!! Do you think there's a way to add the DDL on the cupcake mix? I'm from argentina and here we're big lovers of Dulce de Leche (and the creators also!). I'd love to make DDL cupcakes... If you think of a way, PLEASE let me know! Your blog is awesome!

Amy I. said...

Chuli & Pablo - thanks for your kind words! I'd recommend filling the cupcakes with DDL. You can see a great example of this in the recipe I adapted this from (click on where it says "adapted from justJENN Recipes" in my recipe).

I'm not sure that adding some to the batter would work out very well, but can't say for sure since I've never tried it. Good luck!

Jacquie said...

made these today. they were a hit! very tasty.

Jacquie said...

I'd love to think this to my blog. Please let me know if thats okay.

Marisa said...

That frosting looks amazing!!

Farenath said...

Just made these today - the batter is very light, not too sweet, and the frosting is not crazy over the top sweet (although it is quite still). most excellent and I will make these again. Perhaps, as you suggested to one commenter.. filled with dulce de leche :P

MortEscura said...

I love your blog... and cupcakes!

Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes. You Rock!

Katy said...

Hi Amy! I was searching for a way to use up extra homemade dulce de leche from the holidays when I found your blog. I just made these cupcakes and they were SO good! The only change I made was to add a dollop of extra dulce de leche into the cupcakes before banking for a gooey center. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Constanza Morales said...

Im from Uruguay and dulce de leche is really common in here! everyone loves it! it is the first time i see a dulce de leche cupcake recipe! i did it and turned out terrific! thanks!!

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