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Day 149 – Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

27 Dec

There are so many different versions of the caramel (or dulce de leche) cupcake.  Some call for homemade caramel.  Some for a can of dulce de leche (which you can make yourself — see this Tip Thursday video).  So, I figure, I need to at least try a few (or a dozen) varieties. Can you blame me?

So, with that, I give you today’s Dulce de Leche Cupcakes (recipe below from Got Mixer?).

Dulce-cupcake     Mini-dulce-cupcake

The cupcake is dense, but not dry. Almost a muffin consistency. With extreme chewy parts, where the caramel bits are.  It’s a sweet vanilla flavor with bites of caramel tossed in.

Note: I couldn’t find the caramel bits anywhere in NYC. I did find them at the grocery store in Nebraska when I was home for Thanksgiving, so I got them there.


The frosting is a whipped cream consistency, as long as you are delicate when incorporating the dulce de leche.  It’s very yummy. A caramel whipped cream. What’s not to like, right? (And it may or may not be really good with Nilla wafers….)

Note: The hand stirring of the dulce de leche into the whipped cream is time-consuming, but not at all difficult. Just don’t try to do it in a hurry.

Dulce-de-Leche-cupcake      Mini-Dulce-de-Leche

The frosting really carries the flavor when you put them together. The cupcake doesn’t bring it down, per se, it just doesn’t add anything to it. It’s a nice, sweet, caramel-y cupcake. Just not overly exciting.

Dulce-top     mini-dulce-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19


Dulce de Leche Cupcakes (recipe from Got Mixer?)


  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 stick of butter at room temperature (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon on vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of milk at room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  •  about a 1/2 cup of Kraft Premium Caramel Bits


  • 1 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 can of dulce de leche

For directions visit Got Mixer?.

*Tomorrow: Sparkling Cupcakes*

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