Recipe | Vanilla Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche frosting


Remember when Orla Kiely created a line of housewares for Target a few years back? To this day, I still love the tablecloth I bought from there. I found this old photo of cupcakes I made around the same time inspired by the pattern, and hey, it’s never too late to share.

I made a stencil for the flower by drawing and cutting out the pattern on cardstock. I used a circle stencil to make the center of the flowers, and the colors were created by mixing food dye with fondant. All the shapes were cut out using a clean exacto knife. A little dab of water with a paint brush bound the dots and the flower pattern together. I placed it on top of a caramel-colored dulce de leche frosting as a background (I bet chocolate frosting would look great, too). Once it’s all put together, you’ve got Orla Kiely inspired cupcakes!


Classic Vanilla Cupcakes
Adapted by Amy Sedaris
Makes 12-14 cupcakes

3/4 stick of unsalted butter
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1-1/4 teaspoons of baking powder
1-1/4 cups of flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Combine milk and vanilla extract in another bowl.
Beat sugar and butter with mixer on high until creamy, fluffy and light in color (about 3 minutes).
Add egg and mix until combined.
Add in 1/3 third of the dry ingredients and beat on low to medium speed. Then add in about half of the wet ingredients. Continue alternating the dry and wet ingredients, ending with the dry.
Scoop batter a little more than half-full into a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
Bake for about 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Place on cooling rack.

Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup dulce de leche (I used La Salamandra)
2 cups powdered sugar

Cream butter with mixer on medium high speed.
Add cream cheese and dulce de leche and beat until combined.
Add powdered sugar and beat at low speed until well incorporated.

I assembled the cupcakes the same way I did it here.

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