Dulce de Leche and a Glittery Moët

These cupcakes actually relate to a really embarrassing story. The holidays are chock-a-block with fun events to attend (no complaints). I thought I was on my A-game on Friday, rushing out of work to pick up pieces for my outfit, running home to bake a batch of cupcakes, ready to roll to a close friend’s holiday potluck. Thanking whatever angel on my shoulder told me to text said friend.

“On my way, need me to pick up anything?”
“It’s next Friday! I’m in Amsterdam!”

Yep…that happened. So, Ms. Lauren- y’all are getting a different batch of cupcakes this week. Luckily they came in handy for a party the very next night 🙂

Recipe (makes 12):

Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Dulce De Leche Filling:

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Caramel Drizzled Frosting:

  • 16 oz confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • caramel sauce to drizzle
  • caramel/dulce de leche candies as garnish

Alright, little labor intensive. I recommend making the dulce de leche filling first. Stir together the milk, sugar and baking soda. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring until caramelized and thickened, about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

While it’s cooling, combine cupcake ingredients and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Hollow out the centers of the cupcakes and fill with dulce de leche. Combine frosting ingredients and beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes, drizzle and garnish!

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Love me some Moët when I have something to celebrate. BIG something to celebrate this week, so I splurged on their decadent Golden Dust Jeroboam– dressed in, as they say, “an extravagant dusting of golden sparkle.” It was creamy, with hints of almond, lovely and fresh- not too dry. I would recommend it with hearty salads and dulce de leche cupcakes :-p

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Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Cheers,
Jenna

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