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Dulce De Leche Cupcakes

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Dulce De Leche Cupcakes! Ok, I’m gonna get in trouble for this but I’m going to do it anyway. These cupcakes taste like a creamy, decadent caramel. There, I said it. Basically, the sweetened condensed milk is caramelised into a really thick caramel like sauce. It just does lol. That’s basically what dulce de leche tastes like.

Dulce De Leche Cupcakes

Dulce De Leche Cupcakes

Dulce De Leche Cupcakes

Dulce de leche flavoured vanilla cupcakes.

Serves 20

4.6 from 7 votes
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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 169kcal



  • 3 1/2 cups / 430 g plain flour, all-purpose
  • 1 1/4 cups / 265 g caster sugar, superfine
  • 3 tsp / 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp / 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 cup / 125 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large / 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups / 375 ml full-cream milk, whole
  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp / 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt, or sour cream
  • 1 tsp / 1 tsp vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste
  • 4 tbsp / 4 tbsp dulce de leche
  • 1 cup / 250 ml salted caramel sauce


  • 1 batch / 1 batch of fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting
  • 4 tbsp / 4 tbsp dulce de leche

Learn How To Make it! [VIDEO]



  • Preheat your oven to 180C (356F) or 160C (320F) for a fan forced oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together). Add the softened butter and let it mix until it resembles a fine sand like texture.
  • Next, add milk, eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract in a large jug and whisk well.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl, add dulce de leche and mix for another 20 seconds.
  • Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons). Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
  • While your cupcakes are baking, and cooling prepare your buttercream frosting but adding dulce de leche and mix until well combined. Set aside.
  • To assemble your cupcakes, core the centre using an apple corer or sharp knife and fill with dulce de leche. Fit the end of your piping bag with a 1M tip and frost in a swirl as demonstrated in the video. Finish with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce.


Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.
To make your own dulce de leche: You’ll need 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
Place the can in a large pot and cover completely with water. Bring to a coil and then turn down to a simmer. Continue this for 2 hours, making sure the can is completely covered the entire time otherwise you run the risk of the can exploding. Let the cans cool down completely at room temperature before you open them if you value your face.


Serving: 20g
Calories : 169kcal
Carbonhydrates: 17g
Protein: 2g
Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 0.1g
Trans Fat : 0.1g
Cholesterol: 12mg
Sodium: 133mg
Potassium : 23mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 1g
Vitamin A: 142IU
Vitamin C: 0.1mg
Calcium: 47mg
Iron: 1mg
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