Where in the Word is Bakingdom? Stroopwafel Cupcakes {Updated}

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Stroopwafel Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream | ©BakingdomThis is it, my friends. This is your final clue for Where in the World is Bakingdom?

And it’s a doozy. I mean, really. It basically gives the whole game away. That’s why I saved it for last. 😉

Best for last.

Not just because it’s totally the giveaway clue, but also because these cupcakes are crazy amazing.

Stroopwafel Cupcakes | ©BakingdomI had my first stroopwafel just a few short weeks ago when my friend, Tina, learned where we’re moving to. She immediately sent me a wonderful little care package full of goodies, and my favorite, by far, was the stroopwafel.

Stroopwafels are these very thin, soft, yet firm, little waffle cookies. There’s actually two of them, and sandwiched between them…guess what there is. Caramel. Delicious, sticky, slightly salty, caramel goodness. It’s the perfect cookie. I want to buy a little bitty waffle iron…you know, the kind you make waffle cones with…and start baking my own stroopwafel cookies all day. Every day.

Salted Caramel Stroopwafel Cupcakes | ©BakingdomSince I don’t have a little waffle cone maker, yet, I made cupcakes instead.

Even though there wasn’t any cinnamon in the stroopwafel cookies I had, I felt like it was a flavor that existed happily in the stroopwafel world, so I added it to my cupcakes. I also used browned butter in the cupcakes, as opposed to plain, because I knew it would add the caramelized depth of flavor that you get in a wafel cookie.

Salted Caramel Stroopwafel Cupcake | ©BakingdomThen, I stirred some of my homemade salted caramel into some of my favorite buttercream. Because when would that ever be a wrong choice??

A few slices of tasty stroopwafel cookies and a little drizzle of caramel, and you have a new contender for the top five best cupcakes I’ve made thus far.

Yes, they’re that good. They’re super easy, too. The cupcakes took less than 30 minutes to make, even with baking time, and the frosting was less than 10 minutes. It helps to have the caramel already on hand, but if you don’t want to make it from scratch, then store-bought caramel works beautifully. Furthermore, these cupcakes can easily be replaced with a boxed mix, just stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon and you’re good to go!


Cinnamon Browned Butter Cupcakes
with Salted Caramel Buttercream
Makes 1 dozen standard cupcakes


1 1/2 cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter, browned
1/2 cup (113 grams) sour cream
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract

1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup salted caramel sauce
2 cups (250 grams) confectioners€™ sugar
pinch of salt
2 to 3 teaspoons (10-15 ml)heavy cream
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract

To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C). Line a muffin pan with cupcake papers; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl, making sure there are no streaks of flour remaining (do not over mix).

Place two tablespoons of batter in each of the paper liners in the prepared muffin pan.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter and caramel together for 3 minutes. Beat in the sugar and salt until combined. Add 2 teaspoons heavy cream, and whisk on high for 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, add more cream, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

Stir in the vanilla.

Recipes by Darla

Delish Stroopwafel CupcakesAnd the winner is…

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  1. Beka says

    Since my other guess wasn’t right, after seeing this clue:-), I’m guessing the Netherlands!:-) Now I need to make these cupcakes!:-)

  2. Amelia says

    Since the first clue I’d guessed the Netherlands, but for some reason I didn’t comment!! I can see why this would be a particularly difficult move! Good luck with it all! I’m sure you’ll make the most of it!

  3. Krys says

    Seeing I was off on the England guess, but this clue definitely points to the Netherlands. Seems like such an awesome place to go!

  4. says

    I cannot believe you are off to the Netherlands!!! So awesome! To be specific, {and yes, I did research it a little} stroopwafel’s origin is said to be from Gouda in the Netherlands….or at least that is what Google says. 🙂

  5. Armindy M says

    Aww, I said Belgium first but I agree with everyone that it’s definitely Netherlands now. I’m sure you’ll have a blast there and I’m definitely marking this recipe to try later. It sounds delicious. 🙂

  6. Anna says

    Now I feel stupid for not commenting before, because when I read ‘poppy seed’ in the title two days ago, I immediately thought “Netherlands!” – my second guess would have been Italy, because of the lemons, but those are way less country specific than poppy seed. At least I have a shot today! 🙂
    And wow, the Netherlands. That’s actually not too far from here (Germany), yet I’ve never been there. It’s so beautiful, though, you’re really going to enjoy it, I think!!

  7. says

    The Netherlands is going to be so awesome. Please take a train to Bruge and reenact In Bruge. Then take a ferry to Scotland and do EVERYTHING HP! Oh, and go to McDonald’s and order a Royale with Cheese. We have a dream of moving to Sweden. I would love to go to that part of the world.

  8. Julie says

    I guessed England first, but the Netherlands seems like the right place. That sounds amazing! I hope you enjoy your adventure.

  9. Jennie L. says

    Yay stroopwafels, they are the yummiest! Sticking with my guess of the Netherlands, specifically Rotterdam! I hope so, what fun adventures you will have. Can’t wait to live culinarily*-vicariously through your blog! Yummy cheese, good cocoa, new winter/Christmas traditions, tulip- and delft-inspired fun…not to mention crazy travels all over Europe!

    [*not a word, but it should be]

  10. Melody says

    This is so cute and looks absolutely delicious!

    Everyone keeps saying Netherlands, but I almost thought you were in Belgium …

  11. Kristina Toma says

    Yep, you’re definitely in the Netherlands! I remember traipsing along Amsterdam, eating a bag of bite-size mini stroopwafels. Oh, and the McDonald’s there have stroopwafel McFlurries!!

    Enjoy this move! You’re a very lucky lady!

    • Kristina Toma says

      Oh! And when you get a fresh bag of stroofwafels, place one cookie on the top of a mug of freshly made coffee. The steam from the coffee will warm the caramel to soft gooey deliciousness, making the stroopwafel even more amazing.

  12. Linda says

    Ooh! The Netherlands! I wonder in which city you’re going to live! In Gouda, where stroopwafels are originally from? 🙂 Probably not!

  13. says

    Flowers and stroopwafels – must be the Netherlands! My grandparents live on the border to the Netherlands, the nature there is beautiful, however the cuisine is sometimes a little boring, at least in the countryside, so it is good if you bring your baking equipment and creativity with you! In Amsterdam, however, we always had delicious food!

  14. Amy says

    Hey, Darla!

    It sounds the the Netherlands is the consensus. I’m impressed with all those people who got it with your first clue!! You’ll be close enough to London to wander over there and see the studio tour of the Harry Potter movies! I’m going in September. I’ll let you know if it’s worth it. One of the other commenters suggested a visit to Scotland to see the real locations, which also sounds fabulous. Enjoy Europe!! And keep blogging, please!!

  15. Lisa L. says

    Now I totally know!! The NETHERLANDS!! What fun! Thank you for yet another great giveaway! Now off to make these cupcakes! 🙂

  16. Terri Wade says

    GirlI was way off.

    I’m from England and was hoping that you were going to be living for being stationed in England but after this last clue I will concede that you and you hub will be stationed in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
    All I can think if the story if Austin Powers telling where he was born and how he was raised.
    I love your blog……these cupakes are on the menu for Sunday dinner..

  17. Sarah says

    Theses look super tasty! I’m going to guess Gouda, Holland. I’m a quarter Danish and seeing this post reminds I should work my way to try making sandkaker!

  18. Kesi says

    So apparently it’s going to be the Netherlands! Hopefully Amsterdam, which is a gorgeous city. Can’t wait to see what happens with your move, and hope it goes smoothly. 😀

  19. Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says

    I’m assuming Gouda, Netherlands?

    These cupcakes look awesome! So delicious and caramely and cinnamony 🙂

  20. Michelle says

    I’m sticking with my original guess…the Netherlands! Can’t wait to try these cupcakes…omg…YUM!!! Best wishes with the move Darla, and thanks for all the chances to win such sweet prizes!

  21. Bernadette says

    Dutch shoes for you 🙂 Best wishes in the Netherlands, how very, very exciting! A hop, skip and a jump to so much. . . I see a Leavesden tour in your future! Everything in that recipe looks very good!

  22. MP says

    I still think it’s the Netherlands, which sounds so cool! I hope you love it, and I’m sure I’ll love making these cupcakes- hopefully soon! Cheers!

  23. Sherri says

    Have to agree with everyone here. Looks like Portland is losing you the Netherlands. Hope the move goes well and I look forward to seeing the many things that you discover and share.

  24. says

    Yay!! You going to the Netherlands! I have some stroopwafel left from a care package my high school bestie brought for our wedding last summer. Loved visiting her in Rotterdam two years ago! You will love it there and I’m sure you will have fun traveling around.

  25. Cassy says

    The Netherlands? That is really exciting! And I’m going to have to find some stroopwafel sometime, it sounds delicious. 🙂

  26. jo says

    Netherlands. I’d love, love, love to go there someday! I’m a history buff loving the WWII era, so basically anywhere in Europe (and even Britain) is on my “to-visit” bucket list. And, naturally, the foodie in me adores different places and cultures!

    By the way, they were first made in Gouda (hmmm cheese), Netherlands.

  27. Elizabeth says

    Noo, I was wrong! 🙁 Well, I got Europe right at least. I guess the Netherlands this time! BUT NOW I WILL NARROW IT. I don’t know which branch of the military your husband is in, so, I am guessing you going to Brunssum or Schinnen.

  28. Ricarda says

    Awesome, I guess the Netherlands as well, Amsterdam or Eindhoven?
    Hope you will enjoy it, I love it to be there. Flowers, waffles, nice cities… the sea … 🙂
    I’m looking forward to see how u’ll modify ur recipies with the european stuff…. as it is really hard to get the most baking stuff here … 🙁

  29. Cassidy says

    Yep, it’s definitely the Netherlands! What a fun place to explore. I look forward to seeing more recipes inspired by your new home!

  30. Maaike says

    The Netherlands!! My own home country :-). I live in Amsterdam, but the best town in the Netherlands to buy stroopwafels is Gouda. I even think stroopwafels are originally from Gouda and there are still a lot of stroopwafel bakeries in Gouda (where they ONLY bake stroopwafels and nothing else).
    I hope you enjoy the Netherlands and get to know a little of our own baked goods, such as tompouce (we eat it with orange icing to honour our Royal Family), Dutch apple pie, stroopkoeken (a variation on stroopwafels), Jodekoeken, boterkoek (some kind of reallyyyy buttery cake) and much more to enjoy!

  31. Dorene says

    Netherlands…forget the gift certifcate, where can I get your cupcake cookbook? These look amazing and a must try.

  32. Judy says

    I guess I’m going to have to go a bit northeast and change my original guess of Belgium to the Netherlands for this one….

  33. Kate says

    Definitely the Netherlands, but perhaps more specifically Gouda??? (by the way, if you are on a train there you should be listening for How-dah, not Goo-dah!)

  34. Suzan says

    The Netherlands! Be sure to try bokkenpootjes, poffertjes, moorkoppen, Zeeuwse bolussen and a tompouce (or ‘tompoes’ in a very Dutch way of writing it. Buy them in a bakery, those at Hema aren’t the ‘real’ ones to me) in Holland. Also celebrate ‘Koningsdag’ (used to be Koninginnedag (Queensday)) while you’re here. Have a safe trip!

  35. Megan S says

    Rotterdam! I have family who moved to Amsterdam about 2 years ago and I’ll have to find out where they think you should visit first!

  36. Kate W. says

    the Netherlands! My husband’s mother is Dutch and we get spoiled with stroopwafels, I will have to make these with some of our stash 🙂

  37. Aubrey says

    You’re going to Gouda, Netherlands, perhaps?

    Those are fantastic-looking cupcakes -anything with caramel would be delicious!

  38. Megly says

    Ooh, the Netherlands? So exciting! My mom brought these back when she visited a few years ago and it was hard not to down the whole box at once 😉 I’ve heard you’re supposed to set them on top of a mug of hot coffee so the steam melts the caramel inside. Need to try that next time….

  39. Ladybug says

    I thought maybe France with the first post (as poppy seed production is actually higher there), but now I am jumping on the Netherlands bandwagon.

  40. says

    You’re going to the Netherlands?!?! Oh my goodness, sooooooo jealous! My best friend growing up was Dutch (she actually lives in Holland now) and I remember having stroopwafel with her. As well as the word poches (sp?) which is completely unhelpful as it means legs in Dutch. When will I ever need to use that word without at least needing one other word to go with it?

    Congratulations on being sent to a beautiful country and HAVE FUN!!! I expect to see amazing photos of your travels and all the delicious food over there! 😀

  41. Lisa says

    I was going to guess Pennsyvania because this sounded Germanic to me…but I see commenters above agree it’s the Netherlands. Happy travels!

  42. Sarah T. says

    Niederlande (Netherlands)!!!! Or Nederland, really, as you’ll know it. I lived in Germany for a while during my dad’s stint in the military; I’ve called it Niederlande ever since. 🙂

  43. Kristen S. says

    Netherlands. (Although if it’s Belgium, which I still think it might be, at least I’ve already guessed that once.)

  44. Amanda L. says

    I’m still thinking its The Netherlands – if so, have fun and I hope you can take time to travel all over Europe!

  45. Megan says

    The Netherlands…I feel silly now going on about Belgium (although Belgium also has really good waffles, and you can get your hands on stroowafels there), but the Netherlands makes more sense because that’s where stroowafels come from…Plus flowers and sightseeing…yeah…

  46. Jessica says

    You’re going to Disneyworld!

    …oh wait, I mean the Netherlands. 🙂

    Good luck and safe travels! I think it will be a wonderful experience for you and I can’t wait to hear about it along the way.

  47. Kristy says

    I’m thinking the Netherlands, but maybe Amsterdam, lots of water there and he’s coast guard. Wherever you go you’ll love it! I thought Holland when you first said because of the flower aspect. We’ll see I guess!

  48. April V says

    Have fun in Holland. As for the town not so sure are you moving to Amsterdam? My in laws imigrated from Holland. My mother is Fresian and My father in law is Dutch. My husband can speak Dutch and Fresian. We have a very large Dutch Community here. You will love it there.