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Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

When I recently made Dulce de Leche cupcakes, I thought nothing could be better. Then I added chocolate and the whole game changed! I also found these adddooorable Alphabet Pretzels which not only made great toppers but was the best salty compliment to the sweet cupcake.

It’s tough looking for letters, I don’t know how Vanna White does it. I spelled out “HELLO” and “LOVE” and got both the kid’s names but that’s about it. I just wish I’d named the kids something short like ‘AL’ – I could have saved a good 10 mins of digging through pretzel remnants…


cupcake ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
Dulce de Leche

Chocolate frosting ingredients:
6 Tablespoons butter
2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 Tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prep a cupcake pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla.

Alternate the dry ingredients with the buttermilk until just combined.


Divide the batter among the cupcake pan, filling about 2/3 of the way. Bake for 15 minutes, depending on your oven. Test with a toothpick for doneness and let cool on a wire rack.

While the cupcakes are cooling, start the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Add the milk until combined, turning the mixer up to medium high and beat until nice and fluffy.


Once the cupcakes are cooled, hollow out a center from each cupcake and fill with prepared Dulce de Leche. This will provide a sweet surprise at first bite.

Frost with chocolate frosting, right over the dulce de leche and decorate with pretzels.


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Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cupcakes



7 Responses to “Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cupcakes”

  1. Lady P says:

    i couldn’t be happier to see such an ingenious cupcake posting
    forever fun frosting

  2. Valerie M. says:

    Yummy looking cupcakes and I love the pretzels. I’ve never seen those before.

  3. Carol says:

    Love,love those alphabet pretzels! The cupcakes look delish!

  4. joanh says:

    OMG- i love this.. it must take so much time to do the other blog and the recipes.. happy to discover both.

  5. arume.hime says:

    is there a place online to get this kind of salt?

  6. justJENN says:

    You can find it online. Boulettes Larder is where I get mine.

  7. Arrafel says:

    An easier way to fill a cupcake is to use a butterknife to cut a deep X in the middle of the cupcake. Then take a pastry bag (or a plastic ziplock baggie with the corner snipped off) complete with filling, and shove the tip into the cupcake. Squeeze the bag until the filling begins to come out of the cupcake.

    Doesn’t put as much filling into the cupcake, but it sure is faster than hollowing out the center of each cupcake! Sounds like a great recipe, can’t wait to try it!

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