So…these cupcakes are no joke. Evident by the rich chocolate frosting swirled with straight dulce de leche, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Shield your eyes New Year’s resolutioners! This little treat is going to make you cheat for sure. I don’t know if you’ve baked much with the Alfajor cookie or if many of you have tasted one. My father is from Buenos Aires, Argentina so I grew up on these things. Along with dulce de leche and comforting Yerba Mate tea. The utterly delicious Alfajor is two soft cookies sandwiched with dulce de leche. The best kind are dipped in dark chocolate, just like the ones I used.
The particular brand I used for these Chocolate Alfajor Cupcakes was Havanna. They come wrapped in this beautiful gold foil like a little gift waiting to be unwrapped. Trust me, these will not stay wrapped once you get your hands on these. Of all the Alfajor cookies I have tried, these are by far the most delicious and moist. They bake perfectly in a cupcake. I purchased them from Gaucho Direct, an online marketplace for Argentinian goods. Here you can buy these cookies along with other goods including Yerba Mate. It’s also very easy to browse different types of Yerba Mate plucked from different regions.
The chocolate cupcake came from Cupcake Project. Its her best chocolate cupcake recipe tested by 50 bakers. Let me just say, its pretty amazing. I thought it would be perfect in my Chocolate Alfajor Cupcakes. I didn’t want a cupcake that was too fudge-like or too chocolatey that would take away from the flavor of the Alfajor or dulce de leche swirled frosting. It was very light, very fluffy and oh so yummy. Just like I prayed, the Alfajor stayed light and delicate inside the cupcake. It turned out perfect. I also followed the advice of Cupcake Project and made her Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and swirled it with the dulce de leche. Incredible.