Thursday, March 10, 2011

~ Dulce de Leche Cupcakes ~

I have a good friend that is Hispanic and has just had a very difficult experience. I decided to try these cupcakes and see if they would make her feel better! Of course, chocolate is our normal "go to" for most situations isn't it?  Oh well, something different this time!  I found a recipe but it was pretty involved and I just didn't have that kind of time today so I improvised.  These are the ingredients I started with:

I followed the basic ingredients called for on the cake mix box, however, as I normally do, I used 1 cup buttermilk in place of the water. I also added 1/2 cup of the Dulce le Leche to the mixture. I used 1 regular muffin pan and another that is divided into squares. Baked them at 350 for 18 min.

The frosting was new to me so I thought I'd try a mix for the Buttercream. Actually, it tastes very good. However, next time I will buy 2 was really not enough and a few cupcakes were not frosted. I tried to frost them sparingly but still ran out. Oh well....  I then heated the balance of the Dulce le Leche mixture in the microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring well each time. I think it was 1 minute total.  I then poured it into one of those plastic bottle thingys and drizzled some over each cupcake. They are totally not professional looking but you know what?  I think my friend will love them and that's all that counts ~ after all, they're made with LOVE.  :-)

Oh yes, in case you're not familiar with Dulce le Leche, it is very similar to caramel. It’s sweetened condensed milk that has been cooked down until the sugars have darkened to a rich caramel. It’s sweet and thick and fat free ~ yeah, right!
Some people make their own Dulce de Leche by boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk…. literally, in the can. While many have had success with this technique, I’m convinced that I would end up with the can(s) exploding and showering my entire abode with caramel. I read somewhere that one lady places several cans in her crock pot covering them with water and cooks them on Low all night. I would never sleep!  :-)  It's so simple to just pick up a can in the Hispanic area of your local grocery store and the cost is a bit less than 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.

I’m joining  Miz Helen,  Michael Lee West and Alli for their weekly memes.  Let me just tell you ~ once again! ~ that you will find some of the best recipes ever on their blogs!  Please stop by.


  1. Hi sweet lady...

    Mmmm...your Dulce de Leche cupcakes look absolutely divine, my friend! I'm sure that they will cheer your sweet friend! Sending good thoughts and prayers her way! What a sweet thing to do...I know that these yummy looking cupcakes would certainly cheer me up! You know, I have never had dulce de leche. I didn't realize that it was like caramel...Mmmm! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us...I'll have to give it a try!

    Well dear friend, I do hope that my note finds you well! Take care, Darlin'!!!

    Happy spring wishes...
    Love ya,

  2. Oh boy if those did not cheer her up, I am not sure what will. Delish, I will try this for sure.

  3. Those look wonderful. I will tell you that my friend left her sweetened evap milk in the pan and forgot about it. They were gone when the can exploded and there was carmel sauce everywhere plus it ruined her pan. it pre-made I say! My husband likes this spread on toast too...but MAN do those cupcakes look good...and rich! Thanks for the recipe. Hugs-Diana

  4. Those sound really good! I didn't know what dulce de leche was, so glad you explained.
    Blessings, Beth

  5. How sweet of you! The cupcakes look delicious! You did a lovely job, Pat!


  6. I LOVE dulce del leche, and I love cupcakes. Great combination.

    Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday!

  7. I too would be worried about leaving something brewing all night! A fantastic combo of a cupcake. They look great and would cheer anyone up!

  8. Oh wow, these Dulce de Leche cupcakes look and sound wonderful!! What a great recipe!

  9. If you make me these cupcakes....I will take the next flight out and help organize = ))) Happy Friday!!

  10. These cupcakes look delicious and we would sure enjoy them here. Do you have any extra to send over...Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  11. Oh My those sound wonderful....What a great recipe, I can't wait to make these next time the kids come home!!! (I'll blow their diets right out of the water) ha

  12. Wow, you did great with them Pat. Yum! My mother is Mexican so I'm quite familiar with it. Oh I want to eat one of them right now. I am craving sweets today big time. Bad I know. He!

    Have a great weekend.
    ~Melissa :)

  13. Pat,

    I just wanted to let you know that I sent you an email. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.


  14. I think they look delicious!

    I've made my own by boiling Eagle Brand Milk and it works beautifully! I had a friend convince me that I would blow up something...but I watched it very carefully and added plenty of water. It is so good and so simple. You should try it sometime!

  15. I have made some brownies with Dulce de Leche and they were wonderful. I would share a cupcake with you anytime.

  16. My hubs would flip over these cupcakes. Dulce de Leche is his favorite. I may have to try this soon!!


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