Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes

Jennifer, Bake or Break

To me, dulce de leche is one of the great inventions of the food world. It takes the idea of caramel and moves it into the territory of the amazing. I’ve combined the amazing dulce de leche with another favorite, cream cheese, to make a simple, yet creamy, caramel-y frosting.

Underneath that fabulous frosting, chocolate cupcakes get added interest with the addition of cinnamon. The whole package is an undeniably delicious dessert bursting with flavor.

Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Frosting
By Jennifer
Makes 2 dozen cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line 24 cups of standard muffin tins.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

Add flour mixture gradually, alternating with milk. Begin and end with flour mixture.

Transfer batter to prepared pans, filling muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake 22-26 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool for about 10 minutes in pans on wire racks. Then, remove from pans to cool completely on wire racks.

Frosting Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups (about 13 ounces) prepared dulce de leche
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt


In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and dulce de leche until well-blended. Mix in vanilla and salt, beating until combined.

Frost cooled cupcakes. Store frosted cupcakes in refrigerator. Set out cupcakes for about an hour before serving to bring to room temperature.

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  1. Kay said:

    These look so yummie, can’t wait to try them.

  2. Lynda said:

    WOW!I can’t belive there allot of very interesting recipes on this web site. Sometime this week or this weekend I might make the Mexican chocolate cupcake. They look so delicious to eat! 🙂 – Lynda –

  3. Kimberly Bankes said:

    I was wondering. What is dulce de leche. Thank you!

    • realbutter said:

      Dulce de leche is sweetened caramelized milk. It’s available by the jar, and there are many recipes to make it at home available online.