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Dulce De Leche Frosting – How to Fix a Cupcake Mishap

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Dulce de Leche Buttercream Frosting

After perfecting a cupcake recipe, don’t top it with this dulce de leche buttercream frosting.  Your tasters will be so frosting-focused that they won’t notice the cake you worked so hard on.  Save this sweet, salty, smooth dulce de leche buttercream frosting to top a cupcake gone bad – one that’s too dry, ugly looking, or one where the batter overflowed in the oven.  With a simple swirl, your cupcake will be redeemed.  Isn’t cupcake magic fun?


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Dulce De Leche Frosting


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche choose from stove top cow's milk dulce de leche, cheater crock pot dulce de leche, or cajeta, Mexican goat's milk dulce de leche


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat butter on high speed for three minutes, until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in powdered sugar and salt until fully combined.
  3. Mix in dulce de leche.
  4. Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.

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7 comments on “Dulce De Leche Frosting – How to Fix a Cupcake Mishap”

  1. Soňa says:

    Magic fun indeed!

  2. I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe.

  3. Ashley says:

    I am making 75 cupcakes. How many cans of condensed buttermilk do you think it would take to do the crock pot version? I’m not familiar with the amount and have only used it a few times.

  4. Brenda says:

    This may be my new favorite icing!!!

  5. Rachel says:

    I just made this and I liked it, but the dulce de leche flavor wasn’t as strong as I’d hoped. It is super sweet though!

    @Ashley – the condensed milk can I used was 8 oz. So one can would make two batches of this recipe (24 cupcakes). Do make 75 cupcakes you’d need three cans.

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