Dulce de Leche Cupcakes with Strawberry Sauce

Dulce de leche cupcakes make a sexy treat

What to do when you want to make a sexy dessert for someone who just isn’t that into chocolate?  Simple, just use dulce de leche instead!

This heavenly concoction known as dulce de leche is made from slow-cooking sweetened condensed milk for hours.  The result is sticky, carmelized seduction in a can.  You can dip apple slices in it, swirl it with vanilla ice cream, use it to make one hell of a banoffee pie, drizzle over baked apple crumbles or whatever else you want to do with it.

As for me, I took my beautiful can of dulce de leche and turned it into a cupcake.  Topped with a tart strawberry and mint sauce and damn.  It is so good that it is almost sinfully delicious.

Pair these cupcakes with vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries, a fine Scotch whisky and good company and you’ve got yourself a good time.

Dulce de leche cupcake topped with strawberry sauce, sliced strawberries and a sprig of mint
A big bowl of flour mixture
Preheat oven to 175C/350F. In a medium mixing bowl, combine sea salt, baking powder and flour together. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Dulce de leche in a can
Make sure you prepare your dulce de leche ahead of time.
melted butter and dulce de leche mixed together with a spatula
In a larger bowl, combine melted butter with dulce de leche until smooth.
Dulce de leche, melted butter and egg yolks mixed together with a whisk
Add yolks one at a time and mix until fully incorporated into the mix.
Flour mixture being whisked into wet dulce de leche mixture
Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Stiff egg whites in a bowl
Whisk egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks have formed. When it resembles whipped cream and no liquid remains, you are done
Stiff egg whites being folded into dulce de leche cake batter
Carefully fold half of the egg white mixture into the cake mix. When properly folded together, add the remaining egg white mixture and fold together. The mixture should be fluffy and uniform in color
muffine tins filled with dulce de leche cake batter
Grease muffin tin or a medium-sized cake pan with butter. If you are using wrappers, don’t grease. Pour mixture into muffin tins or pan and place in oven.
Cupcakes baking in the oven
For cupcakes cook for 15-20 minutes at 350F/ 175C or until it comes clean when poked with a toothpick or fork in the center. For a cake, cook 45 min – 1 hour or until the center is cooked and comes clean when poked with a toothpick or fork.
Strawberries, mint leaves and water together in a saucepan
Combine sliced strawberries, water, sugar, lemon juice and mint in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and let cook for 5 minutes. Whisk to break down the strawberries, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until you’ve reached the desired consistency. The sauce should be smooth and reduced slightly
Cupcakes taken out of the oven
Take out of the oven and let cool

 

Red strawberry sauce in a bowl with a sprig of mint
Let cool and remove mint leaves and stems.
Dulce de leche cupcake, strawberry sauce, mint, strawberries and a small glass of whisky
For plating, simply drizzle one tablespoon of strawberry sauce over the cupcake, top with sliced strawberries and mint leaves. Serve with vanilla ice cream and a good whisky.
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Dulce de leche cupcake topped with strawberry sauce, sliced strawberries and a sprig of mint

Dulce de Leche Cupcakes with Strawberry Sauce


  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 cupcakes 1x

Description

Decadent dulce de leche baked into light and airy cupcakes then topped with a strawberry and mint sauce. It’s a deliciously sexy dessert. #desserts #sweets #cupcakes #strawberry #dulce de leche


Ingredients

Scale
Dulce de Leche cupcakes
  • 500g / 2 cups dulce de leche (for instructions on how to make dulce de leche from sweet and condensed milk, go here
  • 100g/ 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 eggs (egg whites and yolks separated)
  • muffin tin or medium-sized cake pan
  • cupcake wrappers (optional)
Strawberry and Mint Sauce
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • a sprig of fresh mint (about 5 leaves)

Instructions

Dulce de leche cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 175C/350F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine sea salt, baking powder and flour together.  Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a larger bowl, combine melted butter with dulce de leche until smooth.
  4. Add yolks one at a time and mix until fully incorporated into the mix.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  6. Whisk egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks have formed.  When it resembles whipped cream and no liquid remains, you are done.
  7. Carefully fold in half of egg white mixture into the cake mix.  When properly folded together, add remaining egg white mixture and fold together.  The mixture should be fluffy and uniform in color.
  8. Grease muffin tin or a medium-sized cake pan with butter.  If you are using cupcake wrappers, don’t grease.
  9. Pour mixture into muffin tins or pan and place in oven.
  10. For cupcakes cook for 15-20 minutes at 350F/ 175C or until it comes clean when poked with a toothpick or fork in the center. For a cake, cook 45 min – 1 hour or until the center is cooked and comes clean when poked with a toothpick or fork.
  11. Take out of the oven and let cool.
  12. Top with your favorite frosting or sauce.
Strawberry and Mint Sauce
  1. Combine sliced strawberries, water, sugar, lemon juice and mint in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat and let cook for 5 minutes.  Whisk to break down the strawberries, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until you’ve reached the desired consistency.  The sauce should be smooth and reduced slightly.  Let cool and remove mint leaves and stems.
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Desserts

Keywords: Dulce de leche, cupcakes, strawberry, mint, desserts, sweets

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Author: Natasha

I'm just a busy expat mom who has a psychological need to feed people. I enjoy learning about new cultures, (especially the food) and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and spices

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