Dominican cupcakes

Dominican Cupcakes

For the last few days my family and I have been in Europe, Denmark more specifically, as we visit relatives and catch up with what’s new since our last visit. Although May is not our time of choice to visit (still a bit too cold for our taste), at least we got here in time to see Spring arriving in full force. It’s a lovely sight.

We are only staying here for less than two weeks, as work and school would not allow us to stay longer this time, so we are trying to make the most of our short stay, from getting our daughter to spend as much time as possible with her family, to packing loads of activities into these 10 days.

In Denmark

Yesterday we visited Legoland, which my daughter had been dreaming of for a long time. We had decided to postpone the visit until she was old enough to enjoy it and remember it, I have to say that it was money well-spent. She had a blast, and so did we. Kids grow so fast and these times are so precious.


And about the cupcakes: be forewarned that this is not really a recipe. I just decided to see if the Dominican cake could be served as cupcakes. To make the cake batter, filling and icing please refer to the recipe for Dominican cake. These post just shows some things that I found useful in adapting the Dominican cake to a cupcake “format”.

Bizcochuelos (cupcakes) con masa bizcocho dominicano

The decoration for the cupcakes is fairly simple – as I’m not an expert. On a base of suspiro (Italian meringue) I put a few pink royal icing flowers with edible silver pearls as center and some green royal icing leaves.

If you are interested in learning how to decorate cupcakes I recommend the Wiltonmanuals, they are excellent for beginners. If you are into baking I also recommend the Wilton kit,which I have. It is full of very useful tools.

Bizcochuelos (cupcakes) con masa bizcocho dominicano

To fill the paper cups I used an ice cream scoop, it makes for cupcakes of homogenous size and makes it easier to pour the batter without making a mess.

Bizcochuelos (cupcakes) con masa bizcocho dominicano

These are some of the paper cups already filled. With the amounts in the recipe for Dominican cake you should obtain about 3 dozen cupcakes.

Bizcochuelos (cupcakes) con masa bizcocho dominicano

Instead of the traditional pineapple filling I used strawberry preserve for the cupcakes (I bought the preserve at the supermarket). Just make sure you buy the ones with whole strawberries. I poured a teaspoon of preserve (half a strawberry) in each cup. As the batter rises in the oven the preserve sinks and the whole cupcake is infused with its flavor.

Bizcochuelos (cupcakes) con masa bizcocho dominicano

Here are the cupcakes at room temperature and ready to be decorated. As you can see they do not rise above the paper cup border, this was done on purpose as I wanted a flat surface to decorate.  To smooth out the surface I used a mini offset spatula that comes with the kit mentioned above.

Dominican cupcakes

I made these for a friend on her birthday, so I added a little flag made from scrapbooking paper and a bamboo skewer to write a note to her.

Cupcakes are a great way for beginners to make a Dominican-style cake without much fuss. Buy some beautiful paper wrappers and even ready-made decorationand you will be done in no time.

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  • Jenniffer May 21, 2015, 9:25 AM

    How do I convert lbs to cups so I can measure my butter correctly?

    • Aunt Clara May 21, 2015, 5:08 PM

      Pounds and cups measure different things, one weight, the other volume. There’s no exact equivalency. Baking requires sometimes very exact measuring, which is a problem when measuring dry volumes. I suggest you buy an inexpensive scale, it’ll come handy many times.

  • Jennifer June 1, 2014, 6:29 PM

    I tried these and they fell off the paper what did I do wrong???

    • Aunt Clara June 10, 2014, 1:17 PM

      What do you mean “fell off the paper”? Didn’t you put the paper in a cupcake mold?

  • Marielos April 22, 2013, 10:43 AM

    For the cupcakes – can I add a dulce de leche filling or a custard filling instead of the pineapple or strawberry? Can it be baked in as you did with these?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Aunt Clara April 23, 2013, 10:35 PM

      I am not sure how it would work since I didn’t test that. Perhaps you’d be willing to conduct your own experiment and report back?

  • adimaris April 22, 2012, 8:58 PM

    hi! i just want to know for how many minutes are the cupcakes suppose to be baked for? and how many cupcakes do the mixture makes.

  • fancesca March 6, 2012, 8:11 PM

    can suspiro be prepared in advance. How long can it stay outside after cake is decorated.

  • keija February 13, 2012, 6:51 AM

    I have been looking for a Dominican cup cake recupe to make for schoo and since im Dominican myslef i enjoy making the cupcakes!

  • maria October 25, 2011, 2:27 PM

    wow really cool!!

  • Eileen Zamora October 10, 2011, 1:03 PM

    Hi! I wanted to know of a good dominican cake recipe….???? PLease help…I took a cake baking class where the instructor ended up cooking and the class just watches him. So we all paid to learn how to actually make cake , and dominican cake was one the features recipes, but instead ended up watching the man cook on his own!!!! So I have searched many recipes, but don't know which one is good…Can you please let me know of a good domincian cake recipe.

    Thank you–Eileen

  • Marlene Mata May 17, 2011, 7:05 PM

    I will try this recipe next month. I left a message in the discussions but I am not sure if anyone read my message. I found out that plantain cake is one of Dominican's traditional desserts. I saw the recipe of plantain cake from Daisy Martinez's cookbooks. Maybe you can make one and publish it 😉

  • Sandra May 10, 2011, 2:27 PM

    Just got back from my niece's Communion in Long Island, and the 5-lb Dominican Extravaganza cake was brought up from Washington Heights, in five pieces and assembled on-site and where each guest took home a humongous piece of cake, so they can have it the next day with some cafecito…Next event I do, I'm going to suggest they make cupcakes instead…what a great idea!

    • Aunt Clara May 12, 2011, 3:39 PM

      Sandra, cupcakes are less wasteful and a lot more manageable.

  • Aunt Clara May 10, 2011, 1:18 PM

    Thanks, friends. We are enjoying ourselves very much.

  • Carlota May 10, 2011, 11:02 AM

    OMG ! this is amazing , since i'm dominican and i have been doing cupcakes lately for my nices , i never thought of doing dominican cake on cup cakes !! thanks a lot! and have fun on your trip!

  • Marnely May 10, 2011, 10:37 AM

    have fun on your trip! :)

  • Elisa A May 10, 2011, 7:56 AM

    Thanks Clara, I also enjoy the pictures, you really have a beautiful daughter. Enjoy your trip and have fun.