Banana Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche {and a giveaway!}

Whew! Birthday week at our house is officially over.  Over the last week, I’ve baked and frosted a Super Mario cake, Super Mario cookies, cake pops, made candy mustaches, lemon crinkle cookies, and–oh yeah–these cupcakes:

Much like the lemon cookies I made for a swim party, I needed something quick and easy to send to Mom’s Day Out last week.  And let’s face it: kids don’t care about high falutin’ cuisine.  But I’ve yet to meet a kiddo who wouldn’t eat banana cake with caramel frosting.

Quite frankly, I wouldn’t turn it down, either.

And since I thought it best to taste-test the product before sending these cupcakes off to school with Doodle, I added a bit of salt to my caramel.

I left ’em plain for the kiddos, but I highly recommend adding a bit of fleur de sel or kosher salt to the tops.  I used kosher, since it was what I had on hand and is readily available at my grocery store.  My local markets don’t carry the super-cool stuff, though I am still doing a happy dance that we finally got Biscoff.  I’ll take what I can get!

These were the easiest cupcakes to frost.  I simply opened a store-bought can of Dulce de Leche and swiped it over the tops.  No loading a piping bag with frosting and cursing the mess to clean up later.  Maybe not quite as pretty, but absolutely yummy–and a much needed time-saver.

Next time I’ll trying making my own Dulce de Leche–I’m totally intrigued by the concept of making it in the crock pot.  Who out there has tried it and what is your verdict?

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Banana Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche {and a giveaway!}
For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
For the Topping:
  • 1 can (13.4 oz) dulce de leche (caramelized sweetened condensed milk) Coarse (kosher or sea) salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine the cake mix, bananas, buttermilk, oil and eggs in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to high, and beat until thick, about 2 minutes more.
  3. Fill cupcake papers about ⅔ full with the batter. Bake until golden, about 15 to 18 minutes.
  4. Remove cupcakes from baking pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Top each cake with a swipe of dulce de leche and sprinkle with salt.

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  1. kskitchen

    I have made my own dulce de leche many times. I use a smaller crockpot and remove the label from cans, cover the cans completely with water ,put on the lid and cook on high over night. In the morning remove cans and let cool completely before opening. Never had a problem and very good.

  2. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Banana cupcakes topped with caramel? Oh boy you better believe I like the looks of this!! I have never tried the canned caramel…it looks amazing and I am questioning why I never bought it before:-) And now I really want to try making my own too! Super fun giveaway too!!!
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  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I totally want to try that dulce de leche recipe. These cupcakes are beyond awesome. I’m drooling! And I can’t wait to see all the birthday’re gonna share it right???!!
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  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Ashley, these look so tasty! I’ve never made my own dulce de leche with sweetened condensed milk. so interesting! delve de leche + banana make a great pair!
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  5. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    I LOOOOOOVE salted caramel. And banana cake (it’s seriously up there along with lemon cake and funfetti–SO moist and delish). Genius tip about opening a can of dulce de leche as frosting because honestly, the frosting part is the most tedious of cake baking. I’m all for smearing some caramel and sea salt on top and going to town eating 🙂 and I’m sure Doodle loved his Super Mario party!
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