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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.

ingredients:
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
buttercream
toffee laces

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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