Inspiration comes from weird places. I was in the IKEA food section when I saw these ‘toffee laces’. I thought they’d make cute bows for the top of a cupcake – especially one filled with delicious DULCE DE LECHE. They came out looking just like little presents, the perfect gift for friends.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk

Dulce de leche
toffee laces


Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Prep a muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.


In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugars and butter. Add the eggs and vanilla until combined. Alternate the flour mixture with the milk until you get a nice smooth batter. Spoon into the liners equally, about 2/3 full.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven. They are ready when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.


Once cooled, hollow out a hole in the center of each cupcakes, using a knife. Spoon prepared dulce de leche into the hollowed out hole. Frost with vanilla buttercream to cover the filling.


I tied the laces into bows – like you would a shoelace. The laces add a cute touch and make the cupcakes look like little sugary gifts!