Delicious Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes Recipe

Are you looking to spice up your dessert game with a touch of Latin flavor? Look no further than my delicious Arroz Con Leche Cupcake recipe! These cupcakes are a fusion of Spanish rice pudding, known as arroz con leche, in a portable, handheld form. Trust me, once you take a bite of these creamy and decadent treats, you’ll be transported directly to the streets of Mexico during the colorful Day of the Dead festival or walking through a bustling Miami marketplace.

Not only do these cupcakes taste amazing, but they’re also incredibly easy to make. With just a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry or can easily find at the grocery store, you’ll be able to whip up a batch in no time. Plus, if you’re feeling adventurous, there are endless ways to customize this recipe to your liking.

So what are you waiting for? Read on and get ready to impress your guests with this unique and delicious dessert.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes
Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes

Are you looking for a dessert recipe that is both delicious and unique? Look no further than these Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes!

This recipe combines the classic flavors of arroz con leche, a Spanish rice pudding, with a cupcake recipe to create a delectable dessert that will have your taste buds dancing. The creamy arroz con leche mixture adds a unique texture and flavor to the cupcakes that is sure to impress.

But the deliciousness doesn’t stop there. These cupcakes are also incredibly easy to make, requiring only a handful of ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. Plus, they only take 20 minutes to prepare!

Not only are these cupcakes delicious and easy to make, but they also offer versatility in their serving and pairing options. Whether you enjoy them as a sweet treat after dinner or pair them with your morning coffee or tea, these cupcakes are sure to satisfy any craving.

So why settle for a boring old cupcake when you could indulge in the unique and flavorful Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes? Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Ingredient List

 Bite into this creamy and indulgent Arroz Con Leche Cupcake!
Bite into this creamy and indulgent Arroz Con Leche Cupcake!

Before we jump into the recipe, let’s have a quick rundown of all the ingredients needed to make these Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes!

For the Cupcake Batter:

  • 3 cups of cooked brown rice (arroz con leche)
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of 2% low-fat milk

For the Sweetened Condensed Milk Sauce:

  • 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk

For the Buttercream Cinnamon Frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 and a half cups powdered sugar
  • 2 and a half tablespoons dulce de leche
  • Half tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt

Optional Toppings:

  • pinch of cinnamon for garnishing

Most of the ingredients can be found in your local grocery store. If you don’t have any cooked brown rice at hand, you can easily cook white rice and mix it with some cinnamon, sugar, cloves and milk to make it an arroz con leche!

The Recipe How-To

 Imagine a warm and delicious cup of arroz con leche in the form of a cupcake.
Imagine a warm and delicious cup of arroz con leche in the form of a cupcake.

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F. The oven should be fully hot by the time you are ready to bake the cupcakes.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves until well-combined.

Step 3: Create Your Wet Mixture

Next, in another large mixing bowl, whisk together brown rice, eggs, canola oil, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, and water.

Step 4: Combine the Wet and Dry Mixtures

Gradually pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture while stirring constantly. Mix well until a smooth batter forms.

Step 5: Fill Cupcake Liners and Bake

Fill each cupcake liner with about 2 tablespoons of batter. Bake in the preheated oven for around 20 -25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cupcake.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool completely.

Optional Step: Make Buttercream de Canela Topping

To take these arroz con leche cupcakes up a notch, create a basic buttercream frosting flavored with ground cinnamon (de canela).

  • In a mixer’s bowl, combine butter (cut into pieces) and powdered sugar.
  • Beat on low speed at first then gradually increase to medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add ground cinnamon and mix again.

Use this buttercream de canela topping to frost your cooled leche arroz con leche cupcakes, then enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 These cupcakes are the perfect combination of creamy rice pudding and fluffy cupcakes.
These cupcakes are the perfect combination of creamy rice pudding and fluffy cupcakes.

Looking to mix things up? Here are some bright ideas to tweak the recipe and make it fit your preferences better. First, you can switch the brown rice for white rice if you’re not a fan of whole grain textures. Second, replacing some of the condensed milk with evaporated milk can result in a less sweet but still creamy arroz con leche cupcakes.

Do you want an autumnal flavor blast? Add two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon and cloves will surely breathe new life into your cupcake recipe. For a tropical twist, you can garnish your cupcakes with toasted coconut flakes or sliced fresh fruit. Or sprinkle some cocoa powder on top to make them chocolatey, but not too sweet.

You can even use different milk combinations like almond or soy milk for those who have lactose intolerance. For more frosting variety, try a buttercream de canela instead of vanilla extract, or experiment with the dulce de leche flavoring.

Whatever variations you choose, don’t forget to share it with us! Keep in mind that these cupcakes are highly customizable and suitable for many themes like Mexican food, DAY OF THE DEAD celebrations, Thanksgiving dinners or backyard barbecues.

Serving and Pairing

 Satisfy your sweet tooth while also enjoying a bit of cultural fusion.
Satisfy your sweet tooth while also enjoying a bit of cultural fusion.

Arroz con leche cupcakes are a delightful treat that can be served as a dessert or even enjoyed as a snack. You can top them with buttercream de canela or other toppings of your choice to make them look more appealing.

These cupcakes pairs well with hot beverages such as coffee or tea, and they’re also perfect for serving during special occasions such as family gatherings, weddings, and even day of the dead festivities. They’re so good that they will definitely become the stars of any party or event.

If you’d like to be creative with your serving options, you can try topping your arroz con leche cupcakes with dulce de leche or whipped cream, which add creaminess to the cupcakes. For a more Mexican touch, sprinkle cinnamon on your cupcakes, which can give an extra layer of flavor to your dessert.

You may also pair them with a side dish such as sliced fruits or even serve them alongside spicy Mexican dishes like Mexican rice, enchiladas or tacos for a truly authentic meal experience.

Regardless of how you choose to serve them, these arroz con leche cupcakes are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave your guests wanting more.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These cupcakes are simply irresistible - one is never enough!
These cupcakes are simply irresistible – one is never enough!

When it comes to “Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes Recipe”, preparing the dessert in advance is definitely an efficient approach. These cupcakes can be made ahead of time and stored for future consumption. After all, who doesn’t love a sweet treat whenever they crave one?

To make this dish in advance, you can use the standard cooling method: Once your cupcakes have been baked to perfection and have turned a golden hue, allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. Make sure they’re at room temperature before storing them.

When it comes to storing the cupcakes, you want to ensure that they remain as fresh and yummy as possible. To do this, simply store them in an airtight container or wrapped individuals that are placed on top of each other in a container with a lid. This way, they will retain their moisture and flavour.

When longing for those sugary delights again or if your guests are arriving soon, there’s no reason not to reheat these cupcakes. To keep them soft and moist all you need to do is wrap the desired amount of cupcakes with aluminum foil and pop them into the oven at 300 F for about 5 minutes; this should be sufficient time to warm them up without making them too dry.

The only downside of reheating “Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes” is that the frosting won’t be as sturdy and may even melt slightly when reheating it after frosting. While you might miss out on having picture-perfect cupcakes, I’m still confident that you’ll find that creamy texture and its delicate spiced flavor will still make your taste buds dance with joy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The golden brown cupcakes are topped with a dollop of whipped cream and cinnamon for extra flavor.
The golden brown cupcakes are topped with a dollop of whipped cream and cinnamon for extra flavor.

To ensure that your Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes are fluffy, moist, and full of flavor, here are some tips you can follow:

1. Use cooked brown rice for best results

While you can use any type of rice you have on hand for this recipe, using cooked brown rice will give the cupcakes a nuttier flavor and add some fiber to the recipe.

2. Don’t overmix the batter

Overmixing the batter can lead to tough, dry cupcakes. Mix until all ingredients are just combined, and don’t worry if there are still some small lumps in the batter.

3. Use muffin liners

Using muffin liners makes it easier to remove the cupcakes from the pan and also helps prevent sticking. If you don’t have muffin liners, make sure to grease the pan thoroughly with cooking spray or butter.

4. Add ground cloves for extra flavor

Ground cloves add an earthy warmth to these cupcakes that complements the cinnamon perfectly. Be careful not to use too much though, as it has a strong taste.

5. Substitute canola oil with vegetable oil

If you don’t have canola oil, vegetable oil is a good substitute as it has a neutral flavor that won’t overwhelm the other ingredients.

6. Let them cool completely before frosting

If you frost warm cupcakes, the frosting will melt and slide off. Wait until they’re completely cool before frosting them.

7. Try different frosting flavors

While buttercream de canela is a classic pairing with arroz con leche cupcakes, you can try other flavors like dulce de leche or cream cheese frosting. It’s all about experimenting with different toppings and finding what works best for your taste buds!

By following these tips and making them your own, your Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes will be a hit at any gathering or dessert time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves rice pudding, cupcakes or Mexican and Spanish-inspired cuisine. With its creamy texture, sweet and aromatic flavor, and unique combination of arroz con leche and cupcakes, this dessert is something you won’t want to miss.

Additionally, the recipe is versatile and can be adapted to suit different preferences and occasions. You can make it in advance or serve it fresh, pair it with your favorite frosting or sauce, experiment with different spices and toppings, and even turn it into a festive Day of the Dead treat.

So what are you waiting for? Follow the easy-to-follow instructions, gather your ingredients, and start baking cupcakes that not only taste great but also hold cultural significance. Trust me; these cupcakes will impress and delight everyone who tries them!

As Ingrid Hoffmann says: “The joy of cooking is bringing people together.” And what better way to bring people together than with delicious and culturally-rich cupcakes? Try out our Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes recipe; it might be just what you need to add some extra sweetness to your day!

Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes

Arroz Con Leche Cupcakes Recipe

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 285 kcal


  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup 2% low-fat milk
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In a blender combine brown rice, low-fat milk, sweetened condensed milk and oil. Puree until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel powder. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add rice mixture, eggs and water. Stir just until combined.
  • Fill cupcake holders with about 1/4 cup of batter.
  • Bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool in pan for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Serving: 88gCalories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 43.3gProtein: 6.3gFat: 9.8gSaturated Fat: 2.4gCholesterol: 45.5mgSodium: 218.6mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 23.4g
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.