Friday, July 8, 2011

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes With Dulce De Leche Frosting

As I type out this post in the middle of the night, I can't help but daydream (okay, I'm sorta half asleep already, so let's just say dream) about where I'll be in 8 days. Turkey: I just can't wait to discover your beauty! On Monday, I'll finally be done with my summer courses which have been a ruthless 5 weeks of endless assignments, exams and final projects. After the whirlwind that is university calms down and takes almost 2 months off, I will finally have the time to focus on other activities. I'll be able to dedicate more time to my blog (YAY!), read the whole stack of books that I bought 2 weeks ago and learn some more buttercream frosting techniques. But mostly, I'm just excited to be able to take a breather for a while.

If you haven't guessed it yet, I am obsessed with dulce de leche. I secretly wish I could make dulce de leche chips so I can carry a bag of them around with me and pop a few every once in a while. I think that would probably make life complete for me.

Sadly, that's not going to turn into reality anytime soon so, instead, I incorporate dulce de leche it into simpler things. I was getting a little bored of the usual vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting so I decided that a dulce de leche buttercream frosting would do the trick. After doing my research, I found that Joy the Baker's recipe was the keeper. This recipe is very versatile, too. I've tried it on chocolate cupcakes and fallen in love with the results. Looks like this frosting just makes anything taste good!

I promise that once you make these cupcakes, you'll have everyone coming back for more. I've been selling them at events and they are usually a best seller amongst the cupcake elitists. I've also managed to convert quite a few people into die-hard dulce de leche fans with this one, so I'm definitely doing something right.
I'd like to point out that there's no need to fuss with real vanilla beans for these cupcakes, they can definitely be made with vanilla extract or vanilla essence and taste just as good.

These cupcakes can be made to order, 1 dozen minimum. They are always made fresh. E-mail me for rates :)

Traditional Vanilla Birthday Cake from The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook
Makes around 45 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line three 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers
  • In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flours and add in four parts, alternating with the milk and the vanilla extract, beating well after each addition.
  • Spoon the batter into the cups about three-quarters full. Bake until the tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 to 22 minutes. 
  • Remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on a rack before icing. 

For the dulce de leche frosting

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup prepared dulce de leche
  • Cream together softened butter and powdered sugar on low using an electric mixer.  
  • Add cream, vanilla and salt 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.

Happy Baking!


  1. you torturer :( suddenly the rich caramely taste of that dulce de leche frosting on the cupcakes you sold at wild peeta came flooding back to me. and now I will reminisce about them the whole day.

    lady, the day you figure out a dulce de leche chip strategy, I'm marrying you.

  2. I agree with Arva... you torturer!!!! These look so so so good!

  3. Mmmmm.... I can taste the caramely sweetness! Yum!

  4. @Arva: I'm going to have to take you up on that offer LOL
    @Sharmishta: I just want to spread the dulce de leche love ;)
    @Nausheen: You have to give these a shot, they are really good!

  5. LOVE IT! and gorgeous photographs!! you're inspiring me to try dulce de leche!!

  6. You should definitely give it a shot, Sid :)

  7. I need those cupcakes!!!!! I love that stuff too but its a pain to type the whole name as I often mess up the spelling :P U r going to Turkey? I was there last summer and misss every bit of it. Trust me on few places u should should eat at!

  8. Yummy cupcakes Yasmin... You really are the dulce de leche Queen... Enjoy your vacation!!!

  9. @Kulsum: They're quite easy & fun to bake, great for gatherings too :) So excited for Turkey!

    @Najla: Thank you! What an honor to be crowned the Queen ;)

  10. This recipe is really simple,healthy and fun to make.Even perfect when you are in a hurry to make dessert to put on the table for guests.I`m sure browni lover loves this idea