Alfajores Cupcakes

 

Though I've always rejected the cupcake hype, this recipe was born out of a potluck request for vanilla cupcakes. Never one to leave well enough alone, I opted for a spin on one of my favorite desserts, Alfajores. Light vanilla biscuits sandwiched together with dulce de leche/manjar blanco and rolled in coconut are here rendered as vanilla cupcakes stuffed with caramel and topped with cinnamon coconut buttercream. A search for similar cupcakes led me to a blog called "Cupcake Bakeshop", I give full credit to them for the method of assembly. The cupcake recipe on its own is a keeper, in terms of light and fluffy vanilla cupcakes. Excuse my poor photography skills!

What you will need

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 2/3 cups sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

2 2/3 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out

1 can sweetened condensed milk (avoid the pull-top cans)

1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar

2 cups coconut, sweetened and flaked

2 teaspoons cinnamon, or more or less to taste

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