Dulce de Leche Buttercream Frosting

Pat Morris


It has been a while since I have made this easy and delicious frosting. One of the Just A Pinch members asked about the Butter Cream Frosting that I referenced in the recipe for my Dulce de Leche (Caramel) Filled Shortbread Cookies. The frosting uses Dulce de Leche.

This is the recipe that I use. I don't currently have a picture to post, but will do so next time I make it and frost a cake or cupcakes.

You can make home-made Dulce de Leche like I made for my cookies, or Nestle's makes a canned Dulce de Leche. I have never used it, but others on this site have. Either way -Enjoy!

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Frosts a 2 layer cake


recipe home-made or 1 can nestle dulce de leche
2 stick
butter, softened
4 c
confectioners' sugar
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract (not imitation)
1/4 c
heavy cream (i use heavy whipping cream)
1 pinch
kosher salt, sea salt or other large grain salt

How to Make Dulce de Leche Buttercream Frosting


  • 1Cream the 2 sticks of butter.
  • 2Add one-half of the confectioner's sugar (2 cups), slowly in the bowl with the butter.
  • 3Add one-half of the heavy cream and the vanilla extract. Mix well.
  • 4Add one-half homemade recipe OR one-half can of Dulce de Leche. Mix until well blended.
  • 5Add remaining cream and stir well; add the remainder Dulce de Leche; blend well.
  • 6Add the salt. Then slowly add the remaining 2 cups of confectioner's sugar -until it is of the desired consistency. You may want to add a little less or a little more sugar (depending on desired consistency).
  • 7Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 4 minutes -or until of spreadable consistency. Do not overmix. You don't want it to be grainy.


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About Dulce de Leche Buttercream Frosting

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Other Tag: Quick & Easy