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Dulce de Leche - Caramel Filled Muffins

Dulce de Leche Filled Muffins are so quick and easy to make, just follow the recipe.

I'm certainly no baker and so if I can make them, anyone can!

Dulce de Leche Filled Muffins

Caramel Muffins

Of course, the ever-popular Chocolate Chip Muffin is always a good thing but when filled with Dulce de Leche the humble muffin becomes something amazing.

But with that said, I don't particularly like cakes of any sort, but Paul (the husband) does so they soon get eaten.

Is Dulce de Leche the same as Caramel?

The difference between the two is dulce de leche is made from condensed milk, or milk and sugar. Caramel is made from sugar and water.

What can I substitute for dulce de leche?

A good and cheaper substitute is to use a can of Carnation (brand) caramel.

Can you make dulce de leche at home?

You'll find numerous articles on the net how to make dulce de leche by boiling a can of regular sweetened condensed milk.

BUT don't think I'd attempt it, because I have read that you must keep the can covered with water otherwise the can might well explode!

Can you imagine, a dulce de leche covered ceiling?!

Also, it takes about 3 hours to become that lovely caramel colour. So I say forget it, for goodness sake just go out and buy a can!

Plus I've read that boiling an 'opened' tin can to make dulce de leche can be unsafe for some reason or another, who knows? But I'm not going to be doing it.

I've used Dulce de Leche before when I made Caramelita Ice Cream Sundae with Caramel and Mascarpone Whipped Cream. 😋

What is the Difference between Vanilla Extract and Vanilla Essence?

There is no contest; use vanilla extract every time, because the difference is huge.

Vanilla extract is usually a natural product made by soaking vanilla pods in a mixture of ethyl alcohol and water.

Vanilla essence is usually synthetic, for example (chemically produced) vanilla flavouring and is far cheaper than the natural extract but tastes and smells nowhere near as good as the proper stuff.

If you like muffins but aren't keen on Dulce de Leche you might prefer Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Chip Muffins.

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Yield: 12
Author: Jan Bennett
Caramel Filled Muffins

Caramel Filled Muffins

Always try to use vanilla extract rather than vanilla essence, you'll really notice the difference in flavour.
Prep time: 6 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 26 Min


  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 a teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 2 tablespoons best quality cocoa
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 250ml milk
  • 90ml vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
For the filling
  • 450g jar of Dulce de leche - you'll only use half the jar
  • Or, you could use a 397g tin of Carnation Caramel


Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas6
  1. Pop the muffin cases into a 12 hole muffin tray. 
  2. Weigh out the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  3. Pour all the liquid ingredients into a measuring jug. 
  4. Mix both together with a wooden spoon until you have a runny lump-free batter. 
  5. Now spoon into the muffin cases.
  6. Put into a preheated oven to cook for 20 minutes or until the muffins are risen and springy - check after 18 minutes.
  7. It's best to put this filling in while the muffins are still hot since it then melts and gets right into the middle of the muffin.
  8. Using a long thin sharp knife - carefully make a hole in each - do one at a time and fill with Dulce de leche, pushing it into the hole.
  9. Put each muffin after filling it onto a wire rack and leave to cool, or be cheeky and eat one while it's still warm!
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  1. I adore dulche de leche! These look so tempting!

  2. My goodness, they look so indulgent and gorgeous. I must say that pic is perfect too!

  3. These look delicious! Do you think I could try them using a gluten-free flour?

  4. What a lovely recipe! I've always liked the taste of dulche de leche, yummm can't wait to try this! x


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