Easy Dulce de Leche Buttercream (2 ingredients ONLY!)

  • Easy Dulce De Leche Buttercream – is exactly that! Super easy, 2-ingredient Russian Buttercream that uses only butter and dulce de leche. This is the most delicious frosting for cakes and cupcakes that is used throughout many European Cake Recipes.

Easy Dulce De Leche Buttercream - is exactly that! 2 ingredient only, super easy, Russian Buttercream that uses only butter and dulce de leche. This is the most delicious frosting for cakes and cupcakes that is used throughout many European Cake Recipes.

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What is Russian Buttercream?

Russian Buttercream is a buttercream that is made with butter and some form of sweetened condensed milk. For one reason or another, almost every other Russian Cake recipe uses sweetened condensed milk in it, be it in the cake itself, or in the buttercream, so I’ve got to have a dedicated post just to this one delicious buttercream.

Types of Russian Buttercream

Since the sweetened condensed milk can be in the form of just the sweetened condensed milk you know right out of the can, or the cooked version of the sweetened condensed milk you know as dulce de leche, and so there’s two types of buttercream – one with the straight up sweetened condensed milk and the other one with the dulce de leche.

Easy Dulce De Leche Buttercream - is exactly that! 2 ingredient only, super easy, Russian Buttercream that uses only butter and dulce de leche. This is the most delicious frosting for cakes and cupcakes that is used throughout many European Cake Recipes.

The best type of condensed milk to use for Dulce de Leche Buttercream

While you will be successful with pretty much any brand condensed milk, I have found that I get the best results when I use the cheapest brands. They tend to be thicker and I guess that makes a difference. Also, look for sweetened condensed milk that has 2 ingredients only – milk and sugar, as this recipe has been tested only with the authentic sweetened condensed milk.

That is it! Comment below and tell me if you’ve ever made dulce de leche at home! In our household we’ve done it for ages, but I have found that not everyone knew about this tiny life hack. So, let me know!

Dulce de Leche Buttercream

How to Make Dulce de Leche:

Skip this step If you are starting with store-bought dulce de leche.
(start this several hours before you need to make the buttercream)*

  • Pour the content of 2 cans into two separate 8 oz jars and close them with lids. Place a tea towel on the bottom of a large pot, then add the jars on top. Pour enough water to cover the jars by about 2 inches. Cover the pot with a lid and cook on low heat (simmer) for 1.5 hours from the boiling point. Maintain the water level above the jars at all times.
  • Remove from the water and allow to cool completely. Put the cans into a full pot of cold water to speed up the process.

How to make Dulce de Leche in Instant Pot

  • Pour the contents of 2 cans out into two separate 8 oz jars and close them with lids.
  • Place the trivet on the bottom of the Pressure Cooker and add the jars with sweetened condensed milk on top.
  • Pour enough water to cover by at least 1 inch.
  • Close the lid and turn the valve to “seal”. Cook on “High”, on “Manual” for 60 minutes. Then, quick release the steam. Remove jars out of the water and allow to cool to room temperature.

How to make Dulce de Leche Buttercream

  • Start with room temperature butter. For this, remove butter out of the fridge for about 3 hours.
  • Add the butter to the mixer bowl and whip for about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides several times throughout. Then add cooled to room temperature dulce de leche in two additions, minimally whipping after each.

Easy Dulce De Leche Buttercream - is exactly that! 2 ingredient only, super easy, Russian Buttercream that uses only butter and dulce de leche. This is the most delicious frosting for cakes and cupcakes that is used throughout many European Cake Recipes.

  • If you would like to make a fluffier version of the Dulce de Leche buttercream, you can carefully fold in 8 to 16 oz of whipped topping (like Cool Whip). I prefer the buttercream with the whipped topping as it helps keep the buttercream soft, even when refrigerated. Some of my family members though, prefer it without the whipped topping. Make it both ways and decide which way you prefer better.

Easy Dulce De Leche Buttercream - is exactly that! 2 ingredient only, super easy, Russian Buttercream that uses only butter and dulce de leche. This is the most delicious frosting for cakes and cupcakes that is used throughout many European Cake Recipes.

For best results, use the buttercream right away. Otherwise, refrigerate or freeze covered until ready to use. Bring back to room temperature before using.

Easy Dulce De Leche Buttercream - is exactly that! 2 ingredient only, super easy, Russian Buttercream that uses only butter and dulce de leche. This is the most delicious frosting for cakes and cupcakes that is used throughout many European Cake Recipes.

Here’s a list of cakes that use this delicious Easy Dulce de Leche Buttercream:

Dulce de Leche Buttercream

Easy Dulce De Leche Buttercream - is exactly that! Super easy, Russian Buttercream that uses only butter and dulce de leche. This is the most delicious frosting for cakes and cupcakes that is used throughout many European Cake Recipes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Keyword dulce de leche buttercream
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 394 kcal
Author Marina | Let the Baking Begin

Ingredients

Ingredients for Dulce de Leche Buttercream

  • 16 oz butter, unsalted, room temperature (1 stick butter = 4 oz)
  • 28 oz sweetened condensed milk or dulce de leche (1 can = 14 oz)
  • 8-16 oz Whipped Topping (Optional)

Instructions

How to Make Dulce de Leche: *Disclaimer* Skip this step If you are starting with store-bought dulce de leche.

  1. (start this several hours before you need to make the buttercream)*
  2. Pour the content of 2 cans into two separate 8 oz jars and close them with lids. Place a tea towel on the bottom of a large pot, then add the jars on top. Pour enough water to cover the jars by about 2 inches. Cover the pot with a lid and cook on low heat (simmer) for 1.5 hours from the boiling point. Maintain the water level above the jars at all times.
  3. Remove from the water and allow to cool completely. Put the cans into a full pot of cold water to speed up the process.

How to make Dulce de Leche in Instant Pot

  1. Pour the contents of 2 cans out into two separate 8 oz jars and close them with lids.
  2. Place the trivet on the bottom of the Pressure Cooker and add the jars with sweetened condensed milk on top. Pour enough water to cover by at least 1 inch. Close the lid and turn the valve to "seal".

  3. Cook on "High", on "Manual" for 60 minutes. Then, quick release the steam. Remove jars out of the water and allow to cool to room temperature.

How to make Dulce de Leche Buttercream

  1. Start with room temperature butter. For this, remove butter out of the fridge for about 3 hours.
  2. Add the butter to the mixer bowl and whip for about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides several times throughout. Then add cooled to room temperature dulce de leche in two additions, minimally whipping after each.
  3. Carefully fold in 8 to 16 oz of whipped topping (like Cool Whip), if using. 

Recipe Notes

For best results, use the buttercream right away. Otherwise, refrigerate covered until ready to use. Bring back to room temperature before using.

Nutrition Facts
Dulce de Leche Buttercream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 275mg 11%
Potassium 205mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Sugars 30g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 17%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 15.8%
Iron 0.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Kare

    Do you mean whipped heavy cream or a “cool whip” type topping to add to the Dulce de leche?

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    • Hi Kare, I mean “cool whip”. I have found that when I added the actual whipped cream, it tended to become heavy and wheep, not always, but sometimes. So in this recipe, I would recommend using the cool whip.

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