Dulce de Leche Deliciousness!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday! 

Today, I decided to post my first dessert recipe! It's also my first recipe post in this new space so I'm super stoked. 

My favorite dessert to eat by far is cake. I love it, I crave it often, and I'm pretty good at making it. I absolutely LOVE baking so when an opportunity arises for me to make a cake, I jump on it. Well, if you read yesterday's post, you'll know that my mom had a surprise birthday party recently, and I got to make the cupcakes for the occasion!

I decided on Dulce de Leche cupcakes and I'm going to share with you the recipe. 

The original recipe for the cake comes from Add A Pinch

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You will need: 3 cups flour- all purpose, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, pinch of salt, 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter, 2 cups sugar, 4 eggs, 1 cup buttermilk, 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 cupcake pans that each hold 12 cupcakes.  

 

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Next: Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with a whisk in a large bowl. Set aside.
Cream butter in standing mixer until fluffy, then add sugar. Cream together for about 8 more minutes.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, and cream together after each.
Add flour mixture and buttermilk, alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Combine each addition of flour and then turn the mixer on high to add air to the batter. Add the vanilla extract and beat well. Turn the mixer on high once vanilla has been incorporated for about 10 seconds to lighten batter.

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Divide among cupcake pans evenly and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. 
Allow to cool completely before icing.

To make the Dulce de Leche buttercream, you'll need: 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, 3 1/2-4 cups confectioner's sugar.

First, you'll need to make the Dulce de Leche. It's best to do this overnight, since it takes 8 hours, but I woke up early in the morning and began the process. You'll need to remove the paper label from the can of sweetened condensed milk.
Then, put it in a crock pot and fill the crock pot with water until water covers the top of the can. You may want to place the can on a saucer if you don't want a ring at the bottom of your crock pot.
Next, turn the crock pot on low and set a timer for 8 hours.

You should end up with something that looks like this: 

 

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Now to make the buttercream! 

First, put the four sticks of butter into a large bowl and begin creaming them together. I used a hand mixer for this process.
Slowly add the confectioners sugar.
Then, add spoonfuls of the dulce de leche until you've reached the your desired caramel-y taste. 

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It should look something like the above picture when you're done. Finally, add the buttercream to your cooled cupcakes in any manner you choose and enjoy! 

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Above is my finished product. They were delicious!  

Let me know if any of you decide to try the recipe and if you do and you share it on your blog, please link back here.  

Linking up today with Kimmie

Happy baking, everyone! 

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