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Vanilla Bean Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Though I’m on Spring Break, it was my friend’s birthday from school yesterday and I had to make her something! She requested anything with caramel, so what’s better than a cupcake filled with caramel and topped with a caramel buttercream frosting? The answer to that is nothing :).

Vanilla Bean Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

The Culinary Chronicles


  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Caramel sundae topping, for filling

Dulce de Leche Buttercream Frosting

  • 3 to 4 cups confectioners sugar (sifted)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons dulce de leche
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°degrees and place paper liners in pans
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
    In a standing mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together until light and creamy for about 2 minutes. Add the butter, vanilla bean seeds, and vanilla extract. Mix until well incorporated. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients until well blended. Fold in sour cream until smooth and well incorporated
  3. Fill each lined cup ½ to 2/3 full. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, rotating halfway between baking time. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean. Cool completely in pans on top of a wire rack
  4. While cupcakes are cooling, prepare frosting. In a large mixer bowl, whip the butter for several minutes until very light and fluffy. Slowly add the confectioners sugar until the butter becomes thicker and stiff. Add the culce de leche and whip until combined. If needed, add a few more spoons of confectioners sugar until desired consistency is reached
  5. Poke a hole in the center of each cupcake (I use a straw) and fill with caramel sundae topping. Top with dulce de leche buttercream

Pre-bakedI love the look of the vanilla beans 🙂


Filling the cupcakes is my favorite part!

And I guess frosting is always fun too 😉


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