Amanda Formaro's Mexican Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes with Dulce De Leche Frosting

Amanda Formaro is a crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. While cooking, she enjoys experimenting and finding new ways to combine flavors. Check out her blog, Amanda's Cookin' at www.amandascookin.com.


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1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist butter recipe yellow cake mix

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 cup buttermilk or milk

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

3 eggs

1 8-oz container Breakstone's sour cream

4 oz Mexican chocolate (like Ibarra or Abuelita) (1 disc plus 2 triangles)

Dulce De Leche Frosting

1 can vanilla frosting

1 can of Nestles Dulce De Leche

sifted powdered sugar

Silver dragees

Preheat oven to 350° F and line muffin tins with cupcake liners (makes 24 cupcakes).

Coarsely chop the chocolate and place in a glass or metal bowl over a simmering pot of water. Mexican chocolate contains sugar and cinnamon and will not melt smooth and shiny the way regular chocolate does. Just keep checking it and gently mashing it with a heavy rubber spatula. It will melt into more of a paste-like consistency. Turn off heat and place chocolate in a room temperature bowl to cool while to make the batter.

In mixer bowl combine cake mix, spices, buttermilk, butter, eggs and sour cream. Beat on lowest speed for 30 seconds to moisten. Turn off mixer and add the chocolate. Beat again on low speed for 15-20 second to mix in the chocolate. Turn off mixer and scrape down sides. Turn mixer on medium speed and beat for two minutes.

Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full and bake for 22-26 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Make the Frosting

Empty content of frosting container into a large mixing bowl. Add the Dulce De Leche and blend well. Add small amounts of powdered sugar until you reach desired consistency. Mix on medium for 3 minutes.

Frost as is or fill a pastry bag and pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with silver dragees.

For a homemade version of this frosting:

Homemade Dulce De Leche Frosting

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened

4 cups sifted powdered sugar

1 can of Nestles Dulce De Leche

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup heavy cream

Pinch of sea salt

Silver dragees

Beat butter in mixer on medium speed until creamy. Slowly add 2 cups of the sifted powdered sugar. Add vanilla extract and half of the heavy cream. Mix until well incorporated. Add half of the Dulce De Leche and mix until blended well. Add the remaining heavy cream, then add the remaining Dulce De Leche. Add salt and blend well. Continue adding powdered sugar until you reach desired consistency. Mix on medium for 4 minutes.

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