Dulce de Leche Buttercream + a cupcake

The past two weeks have been  very, very busy.  Between Miguel’s birthday, beginning of school, the Jewish New Year and catering a party for a bunch of “ladies”, I am happy to finally be on the other side!

At the last minute, the hostess of the party(that I was catering) called to say they needed some sort of “cupcake” so they could honor the birthday girl.  My original plan for desserts were the bite sized ricotta cheesecakes (here), apple galettes (here), and lemon tartlettes (recipes to follow).  Four desserts was a little over the top.  I opted to swap out the galettes and replace them with these little chocolate cupcakes.  Everyone was glad I did!

I made a batch of my favorite devil’s food chocolate cupcake recipe (here).  Topped them with the most delicious dulce de leche frosting and finished them off with crushed, chocolate covered cocoa nibs.  This was one fantastic creation!

Dulce de Leche Buttercream w/devils food cupcakes


1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 Tbls. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
4-5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
pinch of salt
3/4 cups prepared Dulce de leche
1/2 cup crushed chocolate covered cocoa nibs


• in the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter.
• gradually add the sifted powdered sugar
• add the cream and the vanilla and beat on medium speed until smooth.
• add the Dulce de leche and combine on low speed
• depending upon how you like your frosting, you may want to add more sugar
• scoop frosting into a piping bag fitted with desired tip
• top with crushed cocoa nibs

note: I used 2 oz. souffle cups, filled them 2/3’s full and baked them at 350* for 18-22 minutes

The Urban Baker / SusanSalzman.com

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  • Maria

    Great cupcake flavor!

  • Kristen

    Such a gorgeous photo and delicious looking cupcakes! I’m sure the guests were very happy 🙂

  • Rosa's Yummy Yums

    What great cupcakes! That buttercream must taste divine. I love Dulce Leche, especially on fresh homemade bread!Cheers,Rosa

  • Eliana

    Dulce de leche and chocolate sounds like the perfect flavor combination. These cupcakes look awesome.

  • ♥peachkins♥

    mouthwatering cuppies!

  • Kim

    Chocolate and dulce de leche, two of my favorites! These were probably so good!!!

  • ~Lisa~

    The perfect pairing!!

  • Cherine

    Lovely cupcakes!! A perfect combo!!

  • Pam

    Yum! They look and sound delicious! Love that buttercream!

  • Noshings

    arrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhyou’re killin’ me here!My bff from Denver flies in tonight, maybe she’d like some cuppies….if they aren’t all eaten before she gets here. heehee

  • Jane

    These sounds like some darn good cupcakes. I love the simplicity of your dulce de leche frosting recipe–it must be delicious. And, in addition to those cupcakes, your blog is really beautiful. I’m off now to read your last post, having spied the photos of those gorgeous rolls with the chocolate chips! 🙂 Jane

  • Heather Ozee

    This might be my next contribution to our bible study pot luck.

  • naomi

    Beautifully photographed as always. I can’t wait to try this dulce de leche buttercream

  • Jennifer

    I love the creation!!! The buttercream sounds heavenly!

  • Cathy

    Thank you so much for visitng my blog and for leaving a comment. I’m thrilled to find you and am off now to read through some past posts. Your delce de leche frosting looks divine.

    • annik

      wanted to know were can i find dolche leche im not an expert but i do know that it tastes sooooo good! do they sell in a can or ??pls let me know im baking my daugter’s cake abd would love to hAVE that as a butter cream

      • Susan

        Hi Anni – I make my own dulce de leche. You can click to this post https://susansalzmancreative.com/dulce-de-leche/ and it will explain how to do it. Good luck! Susan

        • annik


  • Danelle

    Yum! I saw these on foodgawker (and saved them as a favorite)yesterday and then again today when I visited your blog. Can’t wait to try them.

  • Patricia Scarpin

    I absolutely love anything dulce de leche – as most Brazilians do – and these are much too cute, Susan!

  • Carolyn

    All I can say is “me want it!”. Me can’t actually have it without consequences, but a girl can dream, right?

  • Anthea Collazo

    Can you suggest any liquor that might cut through the sweet that you could add to the frosting, like a rum or maybe coffee liquor?

    • Susan

      Hi Anthea – sorry for the late reply to this. I am just seeing it for the first time. I would add some brandy or even a little espresso!

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