First things first, what the heck is dulce de leche? It means 'milk sweet' in Spanish, and basically it's a thick rich sauce made from caramelized milk. Especially popular in the American countries, dulce le leche (DDL) is also the basis for the elaboration of many sweets and desserts in Argentine, Uruguayan and Chilean cuisine.
Thank you, Mr. Wiki for the info. It seems simple, caramelized milk - usually the usual canned condensed milk is used to make home made DDL, but reading the instructions and the many versions of making it just scared the ponytails outta me! Still, my heart was set to make DDL by hook or by crook, simply because the sound of it spells absolute decadence!
After four (can you believe it? FOUR!) failures while making DDL in various methods, my caramel milk finally came together at my fifth try. I'm not saying that the last try was the least nerve-wrecking, but at least, it was a success. Stirred a can of susu pekat in my teflon pan for more than half an hour till my right hand was shaking while I took this photo!
Since it took me too much time making the DDL, I was in a big rush to attend my aunty's iftar do. It didn't help either that my oven stopped working halfway! Yeah, I have a temperamental oven. After pujuk-pujuk the oven for a while, like a light from the heavens shining upon my oven, the bulb turned on! Haha, continue baking lah, thankfully tak bantat!
I rushed to Mak Yuh's house just 5 minutes before the azan call. The cupcakes were still piping hot, and I had to bring my container of frosting and sprinkles to her house so that I can do my decorations over there. After our scrumptious dinner, the little ones were already bugging me about those cuppies. Tak sabar-sabar, I've never had so many audience watching me making my cupcakes! You can imagine how kecoh it was to have 8 little kiddies around you and begging and whining literally in your ears.
In the end, after I frosted the cuppies, I let each one of them put chocolate sprinkles and colourful confettis on them. All hell broke loose - the shoving and shouting, 8 pairs of eager hands all fighting for space. I'm surprised no cuppies were hurt in the process.
After all that chaos, managed to save one for myself. Was looking for the right background and setting to take a decent photo, saw the casserole lid, alah bolehlah! So guys, there you have it. My very first, very beautiful Spanish Flair - dulce de leche cupcakes with dulce de leche frosting. Mmm, mmm, delicioso!