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Island Bites: Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Updated on October 4, 2013
4.3 stars from 3 ratings of Island Bites Dulce de leche Cupcakes

What is Dulce de leche?

Dulce de leche (milk candy) is a popular Latin-american caramel-like sauce. This delicious concotion is also known as manjar and arequipe. It is made by slowly caramelizing sweetened milk until it produces a dark, thick and creamy spread.

Easy Dulce de leche

There are different ways to make dulce de leche. You can simmer milk, sugar, vanilla and baking soda. But, you'll need to constantly stir for 2 to 3 hours.

There is an easier way to make it. You'll need just a can of sweetened condensed milk.

Easier ways to make Dulce de leche:

  • Remove the label of a can of sweetened condensed milk. Poke two holes on top of the can. Place the can in a saucepan and fill it with water 3/4 of the way up the side of the can. Let it simmer for 3 1/2 hours. Check every half hour, on the water level, Add more as needed.
  • Pour a can of condensed milk into a sauce pan. Cook at low heat, stirring constantly until desired consistency.
  • Pour a can of condensed milk into an oven-proof pan; and sprinkle with some salt. Cover it with foil. Place in a larger pan and fill it 3/4 up with water to create a water bath. Bake at 425 degrees F for 60-90 minutes. Check every half hour, on the water level, Add more as needed.


Instructions

  1. Beat the butter for 3 to 4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat for another 3 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat thoroughly after each addition. Add oil.
  3. Start adding the flour mixture half cup at a time, and alternate with the milk; ending with the flour mixture. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  4. Fill the cupcakes liners about 1/2 full. Bake at 350 for 13 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick tester comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes completely before frosting.
  5. Fill the cupcakes with cooled Dulce de leche. Decorate with your favorite frosting.
  6. TO MAKE THE FROSTING: Beat the shortening and butter together until well combined. Add the dulce de leche and sugar and beat for about 3 to 5 more minutes until frosting is light and fluffy. You could add milk if you want a softer consistency.

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup self rising flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil

Dulce de leche Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 stick vegetable shortening
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 or 2 tbs milk (if necessary)


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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This looks like a delicious recipe. I think they would be great for a party and they are not very difficult to make. Thank you so much for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks for the comment!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      delicious cupcakes. i am a great fan of cupcakes and muffins. Using condense milk instead of fresh milk is unique. Thanks for writing out the step by step procedure so clearly. Voted up

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      Looks so delicious. I'm familiar with condensed milk as we use it in our tea but what an idea, to put it in the cupcake. Thanks and voted up.

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks, both of you, for your comments!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This sounds so good! I love dulce de leche! I haven't had any in many, many years. I never knew how to make it, but know I have this recipe! Definitely a must try. Your recipe hub is excellent, I love your step by step instructions. Voting this up, awesome and pinning ! :)

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it, sgbrown.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This looks so delicious and tempting! I liked the centre texture very much. Truly nice idea!

      Thanks for sharing the details and thanks for the follow! You have contributed some very nice hubs!

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you!

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      Collin C. Anderson 4 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      ¡aparecen muy sabrosos! Yum.

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Gracias!

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Sweet goodness I love this! I am very amazed with cakes, sweet pastries and anything with icing on top. I'd like to try Dulce de Leche as it is challenging on the steaming part - kind of like a flan but only that it's baked... exciting! I'm bookmarking this, IslandBites. Thank you:=)-Tonette

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I hope you try it (and like it) ! Thanks for stopping by!

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      breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I had no idea making dulce de leche required so much work! One of my husband's co-workers brought us dinner and a dulce de leche cake when we first moved here. I already wrote the thank you note -- but next time I see her, I'll be sure to let her know I realize the effort she invested in welcoming our family! Thanks!

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Yeah, it needs to cook for a long time. You can buy dulce de leche in a can in some stores, but is not that easy to find. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Thief12 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I remember these were really, really good.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      I´m drolling now. This sounds yummy and easy to make. Voted up and pinned for later use.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks! Hope you can make them, Thelma!

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      I love recipes and this one really caught my eye. Although I rated it UP/U/A/I I almost rated it 'funny' as well. The reason is that I read the old way of carmelizing the milk-stand and stir it for 2-3 hours. HOURS! lol No thanks! I'm glad there's a new and quicker method. Thanks for sharing, they look delicious. Sharing it here and pinterest.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you, Denise! Glad you like it.

      LOL

      In some stores, you can find dulce de leche ready to use.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      O my....these look simply decadent. I have not had this treat before so experiencing them will be a treat I know. Thanks for sharing....and now I am drooling....

      Angels are on the way to you this morning... Pinned

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hi, pstraubie! I hope you can try it soon. It is really good. I appreciate your comment. Have a nice day!

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      Lynsey Harte 3 years ago from Glasgow

      These look amazing! Will be sharing with my friends!

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks, spark!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      This sounds sooooo good! :D

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you, writinglover!

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      Jan 3 years ago

      I used to buy a cake from Publix which is a grocery store that was called Dulce

      De Leche. It was like cornbread cake with whipped cream topping. The milk was mostly at the bottom of the pan. It was delicious. They stopped making them. Upset me very much. I loved those. Thanks for sharing.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Didn't know about the cornbread cake. But a very popular Latin cake that is moist (milk on the pan like you said) is Tres leches, also very yummy.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 2 years ago from Maine

      This looks so delicious and they are so pretty. This one I will definitely have to make!

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      prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful cake and delicious as well. Thanks for sharing with us. Good job!

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      IslandBites 2 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you for your comments!

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