Dulce de Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes

Happy Friday everyone!

This is an even happier Friday than most Fridays….do you want to know why??

Actually there’s three reasons.

#1… I’m leaving to Mexico tomorrow for Spring Break! In 24 hours I am going to be sipping pina coladas, eating guacamole, and applying more sun tan lotion than most mom’s smother their toddler’s in.

#2… I made some kick butt Dulce De Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes in honor of my little vacation!

#2… Kayle from The Cooking Actress nominated me for The Versatile Blogger award! I am so flattered and honored that she thought to nominate my blog! So thanks so much Kayle :) You completely made my day!

Wondering what the Versatile Blogger Award is? “It is a great way to introduce different bloggers to each other and to promote quality blogs that awardees and their readers may not have discovered otherwise.”

There’s also a few guidelines for what to do when you receive the award:

  1.  Thank the person who gave you this award.  Thank you Kayle!
  2.  Include a link to their blog. The Cooking Actress
  3.  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4.  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5.  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.  Check out my list below!
  6. In the same post, include this set of rules.
  7. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.
So here’s the 15 amazing blogs I’d like to nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award! In no particular order….
  1. Juanita’s Cocina http://juanitascocina.com/
  2. Sweet and Salty http://www.sweetandsaltysf.com/
  3. Must come hungry http://mustcomehungry.com/
  4. Healthy Foodie Travels http://healthyfoodietravels.net/
  5. That Skinny Chick Can Bake http://thatskinnychickcanbake.blogspot.com
  6. Naturally Sweet Recipes http://naturallysweetrecipes.blogspot.com/
  7. Home Skillet http://www.hskillet.blogspot.com/
  8. Life on Food http://lifeonfood.blogspot.com/
  9. Go Bake Yourself http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
  10. Discover. Create. Live http://www.discovercreatelive.com/
  11. Flour Trader http://www.flourtrader.blogspot.com/
  12. Attempting Domestication http://attemptingdomestication.com/
  13. Baker Street http://bakerstreet.tv/
  14. Crunchy Creamy Sweet http://www.crunchycreamysweet.blogspot.com/
  15. RavieNomNOms http://ravienomnoms.wordpress.com/
  16. My Fiance Likes It So It Must Be Good! http://mybflikeitsoimbg.blogspot.com/
Oops… I just couldn’t stop myself! I nominated 16! It’s too hard to decide! I love all of your blog’s too much to leave someone out!
And seven random things about me :)
  1. I am deathly scared of butterflies. Not kidding.
  2. I play guitar.
  3. I can kick anyone’s butt at Cruising USA.
  4. My favorite color is blue. If you want to fact check just reference any school picture of mine since preschool.
  5. When I was 8 I was absolutely convinced I was going to marry Nick Carter. Team Backstreet Boys!
  6. I’ve known two of my best friends since before pre-school.
  7. I’ve hiked Mount Etna in Sicily (And I’m dyinggggg to go back)!
Thanks again Kayle for nominating me and sending to lots of love to all of the lovely blogs I nominated today!
[typography font=”Delius” size=”16″ size_format=”px”]Now are you ready for some cupcakes??[/typography]
I wanted to make something kind of fun with a Mexican theme for spring break next week so I decided on some Dulce de Leche Cupcakes! Plus these lower cal treats are bikini-friendly (or at least we’ll find out this week….) so no guilt diving in! Each one is just around 200 calories, not bad for a cupcake with buttercream frosting? Me and my new blue bikini will take it… and a margarita please :)
[typography font=”Delius” size=”20″ size_format=”px”]Dulce De Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes[/typography]

Yields 24 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes

  • 8 ounces cake flour (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
For the Frosting
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces, at room temperature
  • Carmel Drizzle (recipe follows)
For the Caramel Drizzle
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
Make the Vanilla Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Place 1/2 cup butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, and beat just until combined. Using clean, dry beaters, beat 3 egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third of egg whites into batter. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites.
  4. Line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners; coat with baking spray. Spoon batter into cups.
  5. Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into centers comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
For the Caramel Drizzle
  1. In a heavy-bottomed, high-sided saucepan, heat the sugar over medium-high heat until it begins to melt around the edges, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the sugar is melted and has turned golden amber, about 3 minutes longer. Be sure not to overcook at this point! Or else you will have very bitter caramel sauce :( You want golden amber, not deep amber.
  2. Carefully pour the cream down the side of the pan in a slow, steady stream until completely smooth. The mixture will bubble and splatter so be careful! Stir in the salt.
  3. Pour caramel into a heatproof bowl and let cool to room temperature.
(It will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator, so this is great for a make-ahead dessert!)
For the Caramel Frosting
  1. Combine egg white and sugar in a large, heatproof bowl. Set bowl over simmering water (but not touching) in a saucepan and heat the mixture, whisking constantly, until the sugar has completely dissolved and is very warm to the touch (about 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer), about 2 minutes.
  2. Remove bowl from heat and beat with an electric mixer on high sped until fluffy and cooled to room temperature and holds stiff peaks, about 6 minutes.
  3. With the mixer on medium-low, add the salt and butter, a few pieces at a time, beating well after each addition. If the frosting looks a bit separated or liquid continue to beat on high speed for another 3-5 minutes (this is what I had to do) until creamy.
  4. Add 1 1/4 cups caramel drizzle and beat until smooth.
(Frosting will keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator)
Frosting cupcakes with Caramel frosting and use remaining caramel drizzle to drizzle over cupcakes.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Vanilla Cupcake recipe adapted from Cooking Light

Caramel Frosting and Drizzle adapted from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski


  1. Thank you so much, and oh lord, dulce de leche. Yum!

  2. Firstly, have fun in Mexico! I hope you have a really great break :D Secondly, thanks so much for nominating me, it pretty much made my Friday! Thirdly, holy crap, those cupcakes look completely amazing. And lastly, I’m totally with you on that whole marrying Nick Carter thing because I was the same way when I was younger…oh the phases we go through! Hahah :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Aw thanks! I’m dying to get out on the beach!! And hahah yesss I’m so happy you were in love with Nick Carter too!! I couldn’t get enough of that blonde muffin haircut….

  3. Thank you Kristina! That is soo sweet of you! Wow, that cupcake looks amazing!! What a delectable flavor, I’m wishing I had time to make these today! Have a blast in Mexico and thanks so much for thinking of us!! :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Of course I thought of you guys! And thanks! I’m so excited to leave….14 hours till I takeoff…. :)

  4. Oh you are so sweet Kristina! Thank you very much for the award! I am glad that we have become friends through our recipes. I always love coming to see what skinny recipe you have come up with. :-) You have yourself a great weekend!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Aw me too, that’s one of the best parts of blogging :) Have a great weekend too!!

  5. This looks so delicious. What a beautiful picture too!

  6. First, let me say have a wonderful time in Mexico but be careful also! I know you have been counting the days until spring break though. Interesting to find out more about you,cool that you have had best friends for so long.
    Also, congrats on the awards, glad to see it. Also, thanks for the honor of passing one on to me, sweet of you to think of me.
    Your cupcake does look fabulous. Dulce de Leche is one of the flavors that are hard to resist! Love the drizzle on there-yum!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Tina! I’m having an amazing time! I can’t get enough of this weather :) And the drizzle was great! And the best part is the recipe makes plenty so you have lots of leftovers to drizzle over ice-cream…oatmeal… anything you want!

  7. For One I hope you have a kicking time chilling in Mexico – your vacation sounds like an absolute blast :D
    Second, congratulations on your award you deserve it utterly and completely :D – and butterflies my friend? But why over spiders ;)
    Thirdly – thank you for the tag and shout out my friend I appreciate it so much – you made my day :)
    And finally are your cupcakes heaven or did I just see the light? They look so rich and perfect!!!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Ah I will! I’m so excited to leave! I’m just about finished packing… my room is a MESS. Have a great weekend!!

  8. Oh, thank you SO much for the award!!! I’m thrilled :)

    And your cupcakes look amazing! I’m a sucker when it comes to anything caramel…and I must put these on my baking list :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      You’re welcome Liz! You know I love your blog!! And same with the caramel…. especially a caramel drizzle….yumm

  9. These cupcakes look so delicious and decadent, Kristina! What a great recipe. Thanks for sharing! Also, you should enter the giveaway I’m having today. Four readers will win a bunch of lovely loot!

  10. Oh they are just beautiful! The recipe sounds great!

  11. Well, what a surprise! <3 Thank you SO much for the award.

    And the bonus is…I get a dulce de leche cupcake…which sounds so sinful it should be illegal in all 50 states!

    Thanks for making my Saturday Kristina!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Aw no, you deserve it Jen! I love reading your blog posts, you always make me laugh :) Hope you’re having a great week!

  12. These cupcakes look amazing!! Will have to share the recipe with my fam as a hint of what I want for my birthday treat! Have fun in Mexico!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Aw let me know if you all end up trying them! The buttercream frosting is kinda of a pain in the butt (little more work than the usual creaming butter and sugar) but soooo worth it! And thanks :) I’m having such a great time in Mexico! Happy I just found a bit of internet service over here :)

  13. Congrats on your award. And these cupcakes are divine. I just love the look of these ones. Enjoy your vacation. Get some sun for me.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      hahah thanks! I’ve been slathering on so much sun tan lotion though it might look like I never left Chicago by the time I get back :)

  14. You are so sweet to nominate me. Thanks a bunch!

  15. Aw Kristina! You are too sweet! You were extremely deserving of the award-you’re amazing!!! I’m so happy that it made you happy :) And those cupcakes look super duper yum.

  16. I love that you are scared of butterflies :) {Do you watch Modern Family??} And thanks for the nomination!! I’m super honoured :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      hahah omg YES. I love Modern Family! And you deserve it Kate :) Hope your having a great week!

  17. tchrmom04 says:

    Ok – my husband and I made these cupcakes tonight as a treat! OMG they are so good. He was complaining about how intensive the recipe was until he tasted them – he was like – ok – totally worth it! :) Amazing!!!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thats so good to hear!! And yes I know! The buttercream frosting is definitely a bit more time consuming than most recipes, but sooo worth it! So happy you guys enjoyed these!! It’s always so much fun to hear when you try my recipes :)

  18. I love these cupcakes! Hope you are enjoying spring break :)

  19. Thanks so much for passing this award along to us, Kristina! You’re too sweet!! :) Enjoy your Spring Break in Mexico!!

  20. Sweet Kristina, these cupcakes look like a perfect treat to celebrate the award! Hun, you deserve it! Thank you so much for passing it onto me :) Hugs!!

  21. Oh I can only imagine how delicious these are, they are decorated beautifully too! Have a great trip!

  22. Oh my, these look divine. I love caramel; it’s my fav.

  23. Congratulations on your award!!! These cupcakes look amazing…I love caramel!! I’m also a little bit jealous of your vacation in Mexico!! I hope you have fun! :-)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Haha I’m having soooo much fun! So you could be a little jealous if you want :) And thanks! These cupcakes were so much fun!

  24. Thank you sooooo much Kristina for passing on an award to us!!! we just love reading your blog, always great stuff here :) and these cupcakes look so sinfully delicious, i just need to eat one!

  25. YUM!!! WHat a fabulous idea for cupcakes!

  26. Have a great time in Mexico!! I love your plans (the guac, the drink, the lotion, hehe) And these cupcakes look so cute and delicious!

  27. Gorgeous cupcakes–and I hope you’re having a good vacation! Congrats on all of your awards!

  28. Congrats on the award, have fun on spring break and enjoy those yummy looking cupcakes :)

  29. Oh my these look amazing! I am definitely jealous, both because I wish I had one of those cupcakes and because you’re on break (mine already ended).

    Have fun in Mexico!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Jess! I just got home last night and had so much fun! I can’t’ get enough of the beach, I don’t know what I think I’m doing living in Chicago…!

  30. Aww thank you so much for nominating me for the award! These cupcakes look so good – and the perfect way to kick off Spring Break! Have fun =)

  31. wow..what a gorgeous cupcake!!! Feel like grabbing right from the screen ;) Congrats on your award & so glad to find your page :) I’m loving your recipes!!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hi Teena! So happy you found my blog too! These were super yummy! The caramel drizzle was dangerous :)

  32. this is a whole new level, this cupcakes look beautiful anf delicious, they really made me hungry

  33. Outstanding cupcakes! These are a perfect way for you to celebrate what will no doubt be a fantastic holiday :)


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