Crock-Pot Dulce de Leche

This rich, thick, delicious and easy Crock-Pot Dulce de Leche makes the best filling for cakes, cupcakes or even topped on ice cream!

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This week my friend Jason of Coffee Cup News asked if I’d be interested in submitting coffee related recipes to his blog every month or so!  And well… since I love Jason’s blog (I’ve been a loyal following since the beginning) I jumped at the chance to contribute!

Jason wanted original content for his blog… which well uhm… .might be hard cause I use coffee a lot in my baking.  I mean, every chocolate cupcake I make has coffee in it.  I’ve even already made a cupcake with coffee in the cake AND the frosting… my Mocha Mocha Cupcakes.  And really… what kind of a blogger would I be if I called myself  “JAVA” Cupcake and never used coffee!  So… I’m on a quest to come up with a new coffee cupcake for my first post on Coffee Cup News.

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When I first began brainstorming ideas, I thought about some of my favorite coffee drinks I like to get when I go to Starbucks.  Let me be more specific…. when I go to Starbucks in the USA.  European Starbucks offer completely different flavors and I just haven’t jumped on that bandwagon yet.  Yeah – I’m a Seattle Starbucks Snob.  lol  One of my favorites at Starbucks is anything with caramel in it.  Caramel Macchiato, Caramel Frappucino, Caramel Mocha… seriously, anything with caramel in it is YUM.  And then that got me to thinking about how I could incorporate caramel into a cupcake, uniquely.

Dulce de leche! PERFECT!  I’ve never made it before and I’ve read on so many other blogs how simple it is to make.  So yes…. I’ll make dulce de leche and fill my cupcakes with it and then of course drizzle it on top!

And let me tell you… there is nothing simpler than making this sweet, caramely goodness.  You need only three things and time.  Simple. Easy. Delicious.


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Crock-Pot Dulce de Leche

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Crockpot
  • Foil or heat proof plate
  • Water


  1. Remove the paper from the can of milk.
  2. Plate a piece of foil or a heat proof plate on the bottom of the crockpot to protect it from rust building up on the can during cooking.
  3. Set the can of milk on the plate or foil and cover completely with water then attach crockpot lid.
  4. Depending on how much time you have... you can cook the dulce de leche in one of two ways...
  5. On HIGH: Cook for 4-6 hours. 5 hours seems to make a good consistency, but go 6 if you want it thicker.
  6. On LOW: Cook 8 hours.
  7. CAUTION: Make sure that the can remains covered AT ALL TIMES. Allowing the water to boil off could cause the can to explode.
  8. Allow can to come to room temperature before opening.
  9. Store in air tight container up to a week in the refrigerator.

Dark Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Sauce

I had my friend Steffen and his daughter Robin over for a visit this weekend. Steffen is an American living in Germany and his daughter is 1/2 American, 1/2 German and only knows German culture. This was Robin’s first visit to our house and I wanted to spoil her with some delicious American baking! Brownies. Seriously delicious brownies.

I asked my BFF baker friend, Carrie Fields of Fields of Cake, what recipe I should use to make such brownie and she led me to the most amazing brownie I have ever tasted. Seriously, this brownie is AH-MAH-ZING!

It’s thick, moist, chewy and so chocolately that you neeeeeeed the whipped cream and peanut butter sauce to balance out the awesomeness of the chocolate.

And let me tell you about this peanut butter sauce. OH MY GAWG. I just want to eat spoonfuls of it. And really, can’t wait to buy some ice cream to top it with. You can use this sauce on ANYTHING. SO GOOD.

So, thanks to Steffen for wanting brownies and thanks to Carrie for the recipes! I changed things up just slightly, but for the most post… the recipes are all Carries!


Dark Chocolate Brownies
Adapted from Fields of Cake

1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
14 ounces quality dark chocolate (85%), chopped coarsely
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
5 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Butter the sides and bottom of a glass or light colored metal pan 9×13 pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, the salt, and cocoa powder and set aside.
  3. Using a large double boiler, melt together the chopped dark chocolate, cubed butter and instant espresso powder.  Stirring occasional until melted and completely combined.  Turn the heat off, but leave on the burner and keep the bowl on the double boiler.
  4. Add the sugars and whisk until combined.  Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes or until it comes to room temperature.
  5. Add three eggs, whisk just until combined.  Add the remaining two eggs and whisk only until combined.
  6. Gently stir in the vanilla.  Do not overmix the batter or the brownies will turn out cakey.
  7. Fold the flour mixture to the wet mixture just until all the flour has become wet and just combined.  Again, DO NOT OVERMIX.
  8. Pour the mixture into your buttered baking dish.  Using a tapered spatula, gently spread the batter into the corners of the pan, smoothing out the top.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.  Rotate pan half way through baking. Do not over bake.
  10. Allow to cool in pan completely before cutting and serving.
  11. Serve with unsweetened fresh whipped cream and peanut butter sauce drizzled over the top.

Peanut Butter Sauce
Adapted from Fields of Cake

1 cup sugar
½ cup honey
½ cup water
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp unsalted butter
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp salt

  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, honey, water and salt with a whisk until all the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Allow to come to a boil and cook, without stirring, until the sugar turns a dark amber color.  This process can happen quickly, so watch the sugar closely so you don’t burn it.  It will start to smell like caramel when it’s done.
  3. Once it turns dark amber in color, remove immediately from the heat and whisk in the butter.
  4. Add the cream and whisk to combine.
  5. Stir in the peanut butter and whisk until combined.
  6. Taste the sauce, if it’s too sweet, add 1 tsp more of salt to cut the sweetness.
  7. Allow to come to room temperature to thicken before drizzling over brownies with fresh whipped cream.
Unsweetened Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream, very cold
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Place the metal bowl and whisk of your electric mixer in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  2. After they bowl and whisk are very chilled and cold, attach them to the stand mixer.
  3. Pour in the heavy whipping cream and whisk on high for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Pour in the vanilla extract.
  5. Continue to whisk on high until it becomes thick.  Do not over mix or it will deflate.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

I am so ready for Fall.  I have been drooling over so many pumpkin recipes online that it’s almost become an obsession.  Do you think they have Pumpkin Lovers Anonymous groups I can join?!? Yeah, it’s that bad.

I’m addicted to the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice… frapp, coffee, latte, mocha… whatever, I don’t care.  Just shoot it directly into my belly.  The closest Starbucks to me is over an hour away (I know… how do I survive?!) and I don’t even know if the German ones will have pumpkin spice!! So, I made my own Pumpkin Spice syrup!!

Seriously.  It took 10 minutes and was THE EASIEST thing I’ve ever made.  And… it’s a FRACTION of the cost of pumpkin spice creamer in the grocery store.  I got the inspiration from Cook Like a Champion… changed things up a bit and used what I had on hand.  Seriously, go make some. It’s so worth it.

This morning… I made my first cup of coffee with it.  I poured a good tablespoon of syrup in the bottom of my cup, let the coffee brew in and then topped it with vanilla creamer.  Oohhhh yeah… it’s pumpkin spice heaven.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Makes about 18-20oz of syrup. (I got two bottles)

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 HEAPING tbsp pumpkin puree (canned stuff is perfect!)


  1. In a small pot, dissolve the sugar in the water over medium heat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and cook for about 7 minutes on medium-high heat.  You don’t want to boil the mixture, just simmer it so all the flavors come together, stirring frequently.
  3. Strain mixture using cheesecloth or a tea towel. (I didn’t have a cheesecloth or tea towel, so I just strained mine in a wire/mesh strainer.  If you want a finer syrup, make sure to use a cheesecloth or tea towel)
  4. Pour into small bottles and store in the refrigerator.