Thursday, September 11, 2008

Double Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Fall is almost here.

I've been in a bit of denial about it. I've been wearing tank tops despite the slight chill in the air. I've seen leaves on the ground twice while walking down the street in the past few days and both times I convinced myself that they must have been there since last Fall.

Foolish right? Well today I decided to give in. I'm still wearing a tank top, but the cupcakes I baked today are a tribute to the chilly season. I put aside the fresh fruit and light ingredients and traded them for dark chocolate and creamy dulce de leche. These are the richest, most decadent cupcakes I've ever made.
I call them Double Dulce de Leche. The cupcake itself is chocolate, made using the "Rich Chocolate Cupcakes" recipe from the book Crazy About Cupcakes. They are filled with premade dulce de leche (President's Choice brand, for all you Canadians out there) and filled using the method I used last time, removing a 'plug' of cake from the middle, piping in the filling and replacing the plug.

For those who aren't familiar, dulce de leche is a luxurious type of creamy caramel made from whole milk. It's delicious on everything from cake, to ice cream, to apple slices.

The frosting is a fluffy vanilla buttercream with more dulce de leche drizzled on top.

I cut one in half to show you the filling inside. As you can see, the seams from where the cake plug was removed are barely visible (I've never had anyone even mention that they noticed it while eating a cupcake filled this way), the filling is nicely centered and the amount of filling is controlled. Yummy!


Jamie said...

Those seriously look amazing...I wonder if I can find that type of sauce here in the US???

Deb said...

OMG Jacki! You have to make these for me next time I plan to visit which would be right now if I could get out of the house for a day or two!!!


Jacki said...

Hi Jamie, Nestle makes the same kind of sauce, so it shouldn't be too hard to find. Check the section with ice cream syrups (like hot fudge).

Hi Debay, If you come visit, I will certainly make them!

Lyvvie said...

These are gorgeous. I love your cupcake recipes and creations! You'll have to rename this blog Bento Cupcakes!

I'd love to see a demo of the plug though, so I can try it out without decimating my cupcakes. Although I'm more a muffin lady, you're turning my sweet tooth until it's making me cry.

Lyvvie said...

The more I look at this the more I'm thinking carrot cupcakes and cream cheese frosting. You're wicked for spinning these thoughts!

Jomamma (judith) said...

Love looking at your cupcakes, I may have to get that cupcake cookbook...

Lyvvie, good idea on the carrot cake cupcakes!

btw Jacki - I posted pictures my first 'public' Bento last night. I've made many that I didn't take pictures of.

Jacki said...

Hi Lyvvie!

Next time I make filled cupcakes (and that won't be long, knowing me)I will post a tutorial just for you!

Carrot and cream cheese sounds heavenly...and I do have two packs of cream cheese that I haven't planned a use for yet!

Hi Jomamma!

It's a great book whenever you need a recipe in a hurry because it has about 50 different cupcake recipes. You can find recipes online just as easily (Chockylit's blog is a great resource), but sometimes I just prefer to use a book because I don't have to print anything and I never forget where I got the recipe from. Call me old fashioned!

I went to see your bento pic! Your cornbread onigiri are one of the most original bento foods I've seen in a while!! Keep up the great work :)

Anonymous said...

i just found this via foodgawker - any chance you could post (or email) your recipes for the cupcake & vanilla buttercream frosting?

thank you - these look SO delicious and want to be made this weekend!!

Jennifer said...

So jealous that I didn't get one.

Jacki said...

Hi Crazyzim,

Unfortunately I'm not able to post the recipe because it's copyrighted in a book (Crazy About Cupcakes). Any chocolate cupcake and buttercream frosting recipe will work though.

Hi Jennifer!
I don't think any of these made it out of the house :P