Indulge in Richness: Dulce De Leche Icing Recipe

Welcome to my kitchen, where today I’m sharing with you my all-time favorite frosting recipe – the Dulce De Leche Icing Recipe. A beautifully creamy frosting that tastes like caramel, this unique and exotic icing will elevate any dessert to a whole new level of deliciousness.

As a chef specializing in both Brazilian and American cuisine, I can tell you that dulce de leche is a staple ingredient in both cultures. This smooth and silky sauce made from sweetened condensed milk has been cherished by Brazilians for centuries and is now gaining popularity in the United States as well.

This rich, caramel flavor that characterizes dulce de leche frosting makes it a great pairing for desserts such as vanilla cake, chocolate cupcakes, tres leches, or even used as a filling between layers of cake. Not only is this recipe incredibly easy to make at home, but it’s also customizable to your liking too.

So if you’re ready to indulge your taste buds in something new and exciting or just simply experimenting with flavors, let’s get started on this tantalizing Dulce De Leche Icing Recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Dulce De Leche Icing
Dulce De Leche Icing

Do you have a sweet tooth that craves indulgent delights? Look no further! This Dulce De Leche Icing recipe is for you. From cupcakes to cakes, this smooth and silky frosting will elevate any dessert to the next level.

One of the best things about this recipe is the star ingredient – Dulce De Leche. For those who aren’t familiar, Dulce De Leche is a sweet spread made by heating sweetened condensed milk until it caramelizes into a thick, creamy and decadent treat. It tastes like caramel but has a richer and more complex flavor. The use of Dulce De Leche in this buttercream frosting gives it a unique flavor that you won’t find in any other frosting.

The ingredients used in this recipe are simple and affordable, making it accessible to anyone who wants to make their homemade frosting. You only need unsalted butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and the star ingredient – Dulce De Leche. These are basic ingredients that most people have on hand and can be easily sourced from your local grocery store.

Another great benefit of this recipe is its versatility. It can be used to decorate cakes or cupcakes for any occasion; birthdays, weddings or just a simple afternoon tea party with friends. The smooth texture of the frosting allows for perfect piping and decorating.

In conclusion, why settle for store-bought icing when you can have homemade frosting that is easy to make but tastes like it came from a professional bakery? The unique flavor combination of Dulce De Leche combined with the simple ingredients of this recipe makes it irresistible to pass up. Indulge yourself or impress your guests with this Dulce De Leche Icing recipe – you won’t regret it.

Ingredient List

 Smooth and creamy dulce de leche icing is a real treat!
Smooth and creamy dulce de leche icing is a real treat!

Here are the ingredients you will need for this dulce de leche frosting:
– 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
– 1/2 cup dulce de leche (homemade or Nestle Dulce de Leche)
– 2 cups powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1-2 tablespoons milk, as needed

You can make your own homemade dulce de leche by simmering sweetened condensed milk until caramelized. If you prefer a salted variation of this recipe, simply add a pinch of salt to the frosting. This silky smooth frosting will taste like caramel and be the perfect addition to various desserts such as tres leches, vanilla cake, chocolate cupcakes, or even topped on a caramel cake.

Don’t forget to have your unsalted butter softened prior to make this recipe. To do this quickly and hassle-free, leave your butter out at room temperature for about an hour before using it; or soften the butter in the microwave at intervals of 5 seconds until it is just soft enough that you can squeeze it lightly but not melted!

The Recipe How-To

 This icing brings a touch of Latin flavor to your baked goods.
This icing brings a touch of Latin flavor to your baked goods.

Now that you have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to start making this delicious Dulce De Leche Icing!

Step 1: Mix Butter and Dulce de Leche

The first step is to beat 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter with 1/2 cup of dulce de leche in an electric mixer. Make sure that they are well combined and smooth.

Step 2: Add Powdered Sugar and Vanilla Extract

Slowly add 2 cups of powdered sugar to the butter and dulce de leche mixture, mixing well with the electric mixer. Then add a dash of 1 tsp of vanilla extract, continuing to blend until it becomes smooth and silky.

Step 3: Add Milk

Gradually add 2 tbsp of milk to achieve the desired consistency. This will help create a perfect balance between thickness and texture for your frosting.

Step 4: Taste and Adjust Sweetness

Now comes the fun part! After adding milk, taste your frosting to see if it’s sweet enough for your liking. You can add more powdered sugar or dulce de leche if needed. If you want a saltier flavor, add a pinch of table salt.

Step 5: Frosting Your Cake or Cupcakes

Once you’re happy with the taste and consistency of your Dulce De Leche Icing, spread it over your favorite vanilla cake or chocolate cupcakes. For an extra touch, drizzle some caramel sauce over the frosting for a beautiful finishing touch.

By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to whip up a great batch of this delicious icing! Enjoy your baking experience!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to indulge with this heavenly dulce de leche icing!
Get ready to indulge with this heavenly dulce de leche icing!

Looking to switch up the flavor or texture of your dulce de leche frosting? Here are some substitutions and variations that can help you achieve your desired taste.

– Chocolate Dulce de Leche Frosting: For a richer and more decadent frosting, add cocoa powder to your dulce de leche frosting recipe. Start by using 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and adjust to taste as necessary.

– Salted Dulce de Leche Frosting: If you love the salty-sweet combination, try adding a pinch of salt to your dulce de leche frosting recipe. You can also use salted butter instead of unsalted butter to add more depth of flavor.

– Cream Cheese Dulce de Leche Frosting: For a tangy twist, blend cream cheese into your dulce de leche frosting. Use 4 oz of softened cream cheese for every 1 cup of unsalted butter in the recipe.

– Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting: Tres Leches Cake is a popular Latin American dessert that’s soaked in three kinds of milk. Top it off with a generous layer of dulce de leche frosting for an extra sweet finish.

– Caramel Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting: Swap out vanilla cake for caramel cake and complement it with dulce de leche frosting. Simply add caramel extract to your cake batter recipe or use a box mix.

– Chocolate Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Frosting: Give chocolate cupcakes a unique twist by topping them with smooth, silky dulce de leche frosting. Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder to the icing recipe for an even more chocolatey experience.

No matter what variation you choose, you can always adjust the consistency of your frosting by adding more powdered sugar or milk as needed. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the perfect balance and enjoy the flavors that you like.

Serving and Pairing

 It's time to take your desserts to the next level with this dulce de leche icing recipe.
It’s time to take your desserts to the next level with this dulce de leche icing recipe.

Even though Dulce de Leche Icing is a versatile ingredient, there are ways to bring out its taste and enhance its flavor. One of the best pairings for this icing is with chocolate cake or cupcakes. The smooth silky texture of the Dulce de Leche pairs well with the richness of chocolate, giving it both an added sweetness and depth of flavor.

For those with a sweet tooth, this icing is also an excellent topping for sweetened condensed milk cake or caramel cake. Moreover, it’s a great choice to add depth of flavor to vanilla or tres leches cake as well.

If you want to experiment with different combinations, you can try pairing Dulce de Leche Icing with cream cheese frosting. The combination of cream cheese and Dulce de Leche brings tanginess and sweetness together. In contrast, if you’re looking for a more classic vanilla cake pairing, frosting it with Dulce de Leche Buttercream Frosting can give your dessert an additional layer of sweetness.

Finally, if you’re making cupcakes instead of cakes, top them off with a generous spoonful of Dulce de Leche frosting. You can experiment with Salted Dulce de Leche Cupcakes using the same recipe but opting for salted Dulce de Leche instead of regular. It will leave a slightly salted caramel taste lingering on your palate that’s definitely worth trying.

Regardless of what you choose to pair it with, Dulce de Leche Icing always adds extra sweetness, so be sure to keep this in mind when deciding on serving sizes – a little goes a long way!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This icing tastes as good as it looks!
This icing tastes as good as it looks!

Let me tell you, this Dulce De Leche Icing recipe is so delicious that it’s hard to resist eating it all at once. However, if you’re planning on making it ahead of time or have leftovers, there are some things you should know.

Firstly, this icing can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Just make sure to bring it to room temperature before using it again. If the icing seems too stiff after being stored in the refrigerator, simply whisk in a tablespoon of milk at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

If you’re looking to store the icing for a longer period, you can freeze it for up to two months. To thaw, just let it sit at room temperature before giving it a good stir to help achieve its original smooth and silky consistency.

When reheating the frosting, remember that Dulce de Leche is similar to caramel, so rewarming it over high heat could cause its sugars to crystallize. Therefore, never reheat Dulce de Leche frosting over high heat; slowly heat it up over low heat while continually stirring until smooth.

Lastly, my top tip when working with this delicious Dulce de Leche Icing is, don’t rush when preparing it! Follow each step carefully and savor every moment, your taste buds will surely thank you.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Behold the silky and decadent dulce de leche icing!
Behold the silky and decadent dulce de leche icing!

If you’re looking for a smooth, silky Dulce de Leche icing or frosting, these tips will help you achieve the perfect results every time.

Firstly, ensure all your ingredients are at room temperature before starting the recipe as colder ingredients may result in a lumpy or uneven texture. This is especially important when working with butter which should be softened but still cool to touch.

Next, use an electric mixer to whip the butter until it is light and fluffy, this will help create the perfect base for your buttercream, and avoid any excess air that can make the frosting too light.

When adding powdered sugar, sift it first to prevent clumps or lumps. Gradually add it to the butter mixture, starting at lower speed and increasing as necessary.

If you find that your icing or frosting is too thick or too sweet for your taste, add a splash of milk, one tablespoon at a time. This will help soften the texture and balance out the sweetness level.

Lastly, don’t hesitate to experiment with different extracts or flavorings to enhance the taste of your Dulce de Leche icing or frosting. For instance, vanilla extract pairs well with this recipe while chocolate extract can take it up a notch when used in chocolate cupcakes.

Following these tips will ensure that your Dulce de Leche cake, cupcakes, or desserts are perfectly iced and looking amazing.


Now that you’ve got the hang of making a smooth and silky Dulce de Leche Icing, it’s time to answer some questions that may come up. Here are some frequently asked questions with answers and tips for troubleshooting any issues you may face while making this frosting.

What is caramel icing made of?

Let me tell you how to make a sweet and delicious sauce to make any dessert taste extra special. Start by heating up a small saucepan over medium heat. Then, add some milk, butter, and brown sugar and give it a good whisk until everything’s nicely combined. Keep whisking until the mixture comes to a boil. Once it’s boiling, turn off the heat and mix in some powdered sugar and a little bit of vanilla extract. You can now drizzle this tasty sauce over your choice of dessert, be it cake, cupcakes or even cookies for an extra burst of flavor.

Can dulce de leche be piped?

One way to create dulce de leche is by using a stove top method which involves combining milk and sugar, and adding baking soda to aid in the chemical processes that produce the final product. As a result, you’ll end up with a thick and flavorful sauce that has a slightly gritty texture and cannot be piped.

Why use condensed milk for buttercream?

Using condensed milk in your buttercream recipe provides a delightful glossy finish to your frosting, which not only enhances its delicious taste but also makes it incredibly simple to pipe onto your cake or cupcakes. For an even richer and creamier texture, I prefer to add cooled melted chocolate to the mix.

Does dulce de leche taste like caramel?

Dulce de leche has a similar flavor profile to caramel, but its texture is creamier. This is because it is created by delicately cooking sugar and milk together (or using sweetened condensed milk for a quicker method).

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Dulce De Leche Icing recipe is a perfect addition to your next dessert. With its smooth and silky texture and caramel-like flavor, it will add a touch of sweetness to any cake or cupcake. Using only a few ingredients, this recipe is easy to follow, and the end result is always impressive.

Whether you are making a vanilla cake, chocolate cupcakes, or even tres leches, this delectable icing adds an extra layer of deliciousness that will leave your guests wanting more. Plus, with the variations and substitutions listed above, you can easily customize this recipe to suit your taste preferences.

So why not give this Dulce De Leche Icing recipe a try? You won’t be disappointed! Impress your family and friends with a homemade dessert using this simple yet heavenly ingredient. Who knows, it might even become your new go-to frosting for all your baking needs!

Dulce De Leche Icing

Dulce De Leche Icing Recipe

I had some leftover dulce de leche from another recipe and I made up this icing with the rest. It is really good!! You can find Nestle dulce de leche in the Latin or Mexican section of your grocery store. I hope you like it!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin American
Servings 24 cupcakes or 2 8X8 cakes
Calories 120.6 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar (C&H green box)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons flour (I like whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 (13 ounce) can dulce de leche (Use 1/2 cup out of the can)


  • Cream the butter and the sugar together with a mixer until creamy.
  • Blend in milk, flour, and sour cream.
  • Put the dulce de leche into a microwaveable dish and heat it for about 5 to 10 seconds to soften it just a bit.
  • Add the dulce de leche to the mix and blend well.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 13gCalories: 120.6kcalCarbohydrates: 10.6gProtein: 0.5gFat: 8.8gSaturated Fat: 5.5gCholesterol: 22.6mgSodium: 57.7mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 8.3g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Mexican, Sweet
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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.