Chocolate Dulce De Leche filled Cupcakes have a chocolate cream cheese frosting, caramel drizzle and toffee bits on top that make them impossible to resist!
So I have this addiction to sugar. And chocolate dulce de leche filled cupcakes. Our church has a cake auction and bake sale every year to fund activities for the youth in the neighborhood, and it always has some amazing cakes. My contribution was these little beauties. Of course I had to eat a few before they made it to the sale.
I tend to go nuts with desserts. Too many times I’ve made things way too over the top with too much frosting or mounds of chocolate to cover up mistakes. Can’t stop won’t stop. I like to learn as I go and sometimes it turns out amazing and sometimes it doesn’t.
There’s something I do with every cake or batch of cupcakes I make. On I Wash You Dry my recipe for Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake takes the stage, and Shawn tells about the tips I gave for making the cake.With these cupcakes, I did essentially the same thing and made the batter rich and with a little less liquid than the box calls for using a few different ingredients, plus an extra egg. I don’t like cakes that are too dense or dry to eat (most wedding cakes), and these most certainly are the opposite.
First, when I bake cupcakes I fill the liners about 1/2 to 2/3rds full, otherwise they overflow while they’re baking. Then I filled the cupcakes with a Wilton 230 frosting tip using my Quick Instant Pot Dulce de Leche.
Since I haven’t used any store bought, I can’t recommend any specific brands of caramel to use. BUT. I will say that it needs to be thicker than a caramel dessert sauce. Which is why I used dulce de leche in the first place.
Oh yes. THE FROSTING. I made a cream cheese chocolate buttercream frosting for these, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s superb for both piping onto desserts AND spreading onto cakes. Like so good you don’t even need to do a crumb coat.
After filling the cupcakes, I frosted them with a Wilton 2D closed star tip, sometimes I use a 1M depending on my mood. It’s fun to experiment with different tips, make sure to use a larger one for maximum frosting usage. After I bake them, I almost always eat one or two. They’re impossible to resist. I usually do some eating of the photo subject because FOOD. This is my favorite picture because, well, look at it. It was as good as it looks. The Mancub was a little sad because he only got one. If you haven’t read a lot about The Mancub before, just know that he eats a LOT of food in a very short amount of time. This cupcake was maybe two bites for him.These cupcakes are a show stopping dessert, I had quite a few people ask for the recipe after I made them for the bake sale. Here it is!
Chocolate Dulce De Leche filled Cupcakes
- 1 box Devils Food chocolate cake mix 15.25 oz
- 1 box chocolate pudding mix 3.9 oz
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
- ½ cup oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 oz cream cheese cold
- 1 ½ cups butter 3 cubes, room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- 4 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 20 oz Dulce de Leche or thick caramel. I make two 14 oz cans worth and use one for filling.
Additional toppings: toffee bits and Dulce de Leche
For the Cake:
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 muffin tins for 24 cupcakes.
- Mix all ingredients for cake together for 1 minute on medium speed in a stand mixer. Don’t over mix, it can result in lumpy cupcakes.
- Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 16-18 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
- Cream together cream cheese and butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add vanilla, powdered sugar, and cocoa and beat well.
- Fill cupcakes with about 2 teaspoons of Dulce de Leche or thick caramel. I used a Wilton 230 frosting tip and piping bag to do this.
- Frost cupcakes generously with chocolate frosting. I usually use a Wilton 1M or 2D closed star frosting tip for these.
- Drizzle additional Dulce de Leche on the tops of the cupcakes and sprinkle toffee bits for extra crunch.