Friday, May 17, 2013

Sassy Sweets: Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

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This is a crazy week for our family.  Monday was sister K's birthday.  Thursday was Mom's birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!).  Today we’re heading upstate to attend sister M’s college graduation!  Thinking about her college graduation and the fact that she is entering the “adult” world is just crazy to me.
I feel like it is not POSSIBLE that I, myself, am 5 years out of college.  When I graduated, I was so proud to be a college graduate and all I had accomplished.  I couldn’t wait to get out and change the world, charge up that corporate ladder, and be basically a business superwoman.  Then my sister K graduated from college and I practically burst from pride with HER accomplishments.  And off she went taking her industry by storm while I cheered her on.  

And now sister M is graduating college.  And we’re there cheering HER on because I am 100% sure she is going to succeed beyond her wildest expectations!  I am extremely lucky to call these two amazing women my sisters, as well as my friends.  After a week like this one - 2 birthdays and 1 graduation, you need a celebration.  And celebrations, in my world, call for cupcakes.  
Dulce de Leche Cupcakes (adapted from Joy the Baker)
Serves:  24 (24 cupcakes)
Cake:  
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup buttermilk

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Cake:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease 2 cupcake pans.  Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating fully with each addition.  Beat in vanilla.  Mix the dry ingredients with flour, baking powder, buttermilk, and dulce de leche.  Evenly distribute the cupcake batter into each cupcake pan.  Bake 15-18 minutes, until fully cooked through.  

Frosting:  Beat together butter and cream cheese.  Beat in dulce de leche.  Slowly add powdered sugar, beat in 1/2 cup increments until it is sweet enough for your tastes.  

When the cupcakes have fully cooled, frost the cupcakes and serve immediately.  

Until the next time my oven is on...






3 comments:

  1. Congratulations! What a wonderful time for you and your family and these cupcakes look like the perfect celebratory treat. My son is graduating from high school next week and I know he'd love these. By the way, the toffee was delicious. I am a milk chocolate person but I even loved the dark. What a treat. Thanks so much!

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  2. Congrats to your sister. Hope you have a wonderful celebration. These cupcakes look incredible!

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  3. So many wonderful celebrations! And yes, I do think celebrations call for cupcakes. Lots of cupcakes! Thank you for sharing. I hope you had a beautiful weekend!

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