6 Reviews

I have had this marked since they were featured in the Crazy for Cupcakes article. First off I got 17 cupcakes. The cupcakes don't rise as much as I thought they would but do be careful when filling the cups as the batter will flow over if to full. Using the meat injector to infuse the cupcakes with the milks is a wonderful idea. While I had some of the 3 milks left over it was a minimal amount. I made several rounds with the injector. I did cheat on the frosting which saved several hours of prep. In my part of the world, I can buy canned deulce de leche and used almost the full can with 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of confectioners sugar to make the frosting. There was a small amount of frosting left over but not substantial. The easiest way I have found to toast coconut is for a few seconds at a time in the microwave spread out on a microwave safe plate. The cupcakes were made early morning, refrigerated for several hours, iced and sprinkled with the toasted coconut. With the pre-made dulce de leche these cupcakes really were not that labor intensive. They were served for a friends birthday party and everyone raved about how good they were.

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PaulaG August 02, 2009

I was trying to think of something different to surprise my aunt with on her birthday,when i remembered this recipe I'd saved a while back,and this was the perfect occasion to try it.I didn't make the icing exactly like the recipe.It was all a little last minute so I didn't feel like making the dulce de leche from scratch,so i bought a jar of goat milk cajeta instead. the cajeta is already very very sweet and i knew i would have to use the powdered sugar to thicken the icing,especially since i didn't have cornstarch,so i left out the other sugar. i just boiled the cajeta with about half the water ,mixed it with the yolks,and mixed that with the powdered sugar,vanilla,and butter.it turned out a little too thin and was melting at room temparature the next day,so i guess i should have not added any water at all .I was afraid the icing was going to be too sweet (even though i liked it ),but no one seemed to mind,my aunt said she thought the coconut in it balanced out the sweetness perfectly.The amount of milk was perfect for the recipe;i didn't have any leftover at all like some of the reviewers,and the cupcakes turned out very moist just the way a tres leches is supposed to be .you can't pour all the milk on at once;you have to let the cake rest a minute and then force it to soak up more.You can't over leche tres leches!
this is a great recipe,definitley one i'll make again,and it was pretty straight forward just time consuming ,but totally worth it.

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strangelittlebeast October 17, 2010

I had a little bit of trouble with this recipe, as the directions leave out what to do with both the toasted coconut, and the butter. For the butter, I blended it in with the Dulce de Leche once it had cooled. The coconut I just added to the top, as that's what was in the photo. These were pretty good, but be warned: a lot of work. I'd save it for a birthday or special occasion and either make them ahead of time, or if you're bringing a dessert somewhere and don't have to make anything else. The quantities seemed a little bit wrong too. I got 12 cupcakes, but way too much liquid for injecting into the cupcakes. You could easily halve the quantities there. And use a turkey baster, because I used a skewer and I don't think it worked as well. The buttercream, as stated in the blurb above made much more than necessary. You could halve that too. I do think I'll make these again though, as they have a unique flavour. I also appreciated the fact that I learned a new technique for making frosting, and discovering new ways of cooking is what I really love about 'zaar. Thanks Cookiedog, for sharing this.

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Ppaperdoll March 28, 2008

Just love love love these. Don't make them if you are in a hurry, don't make them if you are against washing dishes. I think I used every bowl in my kitchen. Washed and reused them again. I can see myself referring back to the recipe for the the buttercream to use with other cakes/cupcakes. I enjoy learning something new in the kitchen and I did with this recipe.

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Aly and Jack's MOM January 17, 2012

This is my first review. This recipe is fantastic. I turned in into a cake, but other than that, followed the recipe. So good, but definitely a labor of love. It takes two days and a lot of bowls and pans, but is worth it! My co-workers were in awe!

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Canner Jo June 24, 2009

These sound delicious...was wondering could this be made into maybe a cake..and what size pan could be used..would a bundt pan be possible

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JAZZL2003 June 02, 2009
Tres Leches Coconut Cupcakes With Dulce De Leche Buttercream