Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

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These dulce de leche cupcakes have a soft caramel cake with dulce de leche frosting to satisfy all your sweet milk caramel dreams.

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Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Dulce de Leche has been one of our favorite flavors since our honeymoon when we discovered a dulce de leche ice cream we loved.

We went back to that little shop and ordered it just about every night.

Dulce de Leche Frosting

This is a creamy caramel frosting that is even better than a spoonful of Dulce de Leche itself.

When you whip that sweet caramel sauce with cream or milk, butter, and powdered sugar to create this fluffy frosting, you’ll see what I mean.

This cupcake recipe is gently adapted from these Triple Caramel Cupcakes by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Dulce de Leche Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Frosting

  1. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside. In the large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring just until combined. Stir in the milk, do not over beat.
  3. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake papers and fill each hole 1/2 full of batter. Bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes or until they spring back when lightly touched. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. To make the frosting, beat the butter until fluffy, add the powdered sugar, salt and dulce de leche, beating until smooth. Add enough of the cream or milk to make a smooth consistency.
  5. Frost the cupcakes generously and drizzle with additional dulce de leche if desired. I warmed mine and thinned it with milk so I could drizzle it on top.
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Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Soft, caramel cupcakes with a dulce de leche frosting to satisfy all your sweet milk caramel dreams.
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Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients 

For the cupcakes

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

For the dulce de leche frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup dulce de leche
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

Instructions

  • To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside. In the large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring just until combined. Stir in the milk, do not over beat.
  • Line a cupcake pan with cupcake papers and fill each hole 1/2 full of batter. Bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes or until they spring back when lightly touched. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • To make the frosting, beat the butter until fluffy, add the powdered sugar, salt and dulce de leche, beating until smooth. Add enough of the cream or milk to make a smooth consistency. Frost the cupcakes generously and drizzle with additional dulce de leche if desired. I warmed mine and thinned it with milk so I could drizzle it on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake
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While we’re on this caramel theme, these Churro Cupcakes from Swanky Recipes also look delicious.

If you’re a caramel lover who is also a fan of sweet and salty desserts, these Salted Caramel Pretzel Cupcakes have your name on them too!

Or these Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes

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  1. Olga says

    Mallory, this looks tasty! These are absolutely mouth watering! It will quickly disappear in our house, very tasty and flavorful!

  2. Michael Leonard says

    The cupcake was very flavorful but it didn’t rise and the texture was a little off. Too much sugar maybe?

  3. Marlaina says

    Hi Mallory…. my cupcakes also didn’t rise/sunk in the middle and had an odd sponge like texture. Is there a typo in the recipe? As Micheal pointed out, there is as much sugar in this recipe as flour which doesn’t seem right.