Dulce de Leche Cake is what’s for dessert today! And what’s for dinner? Also Dulce de Leche Cake!
No joke, I had a slice for lunch the other day! What can I say… It was worth it every second.
Do you love Dulce de Leche? It’s probably one of my favorite things in the whole world!
And I love any dulce de leche desserts, like this awesome Dulce de Leche Cake. I am so lucky my friend came over the day I photographed this cake, I sent him home with over 1/2 of this cake, otherwise I would have probably eaten the whole cake.
So, let’s talk cake! And better, let’s talk Dulce de Leche Cake!
These are the basic steps for making the vanilla sponge, which is my new go-to vanilla cake. I also used it to make this Grape Cake.
The vanilla cake is so fluffy, soft, and wonderful!
- Cream butter until fluffy (1 min.)
- Add sugar and cream for another 2 minutes.
- Add oil. Cream for 1 more minute. (You can also add the oil with the butter, and then add the sugar after)
- Add eggs, one at a time, waiting until one egg is incorporated before adding the next one.
- Now add vanilla extract.
- Add half of the milk.
- Then add half of the flour mixture (flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sifted) then add the remaining of the milk, and finally the last of the flour.
- Pour batter onto cake pans (you can use 4 6″ round cake pans, or 2 8″ pans)
I like to make my cakes in 6″ cake pans, because it makes for a taller cake. But feel free to use the 8″ pans, and either just do one layer of filling (make it a THICK one), or slice the 8″ cakes lengthwise and end up with 4 cake layers, and therefore 3 layers of filling.
About the dulce de leche, you can use either homemade or store-bought. To make it homemade, check out some tips below. I also include the instructions for the pressure cooker method down on the recipe.
How to make Dulce de Leche from a can of condensed milk
Simply start with a can of condensed milk. Now, there are a few options here.
- Making dulce de leche in the oven– Pour the inside of the condensed milk can in an oven-proof pan, and bake over a water bath for about 2-3 hours, stirring in between, covered with foil, at 350F.
- Making dulce de leche on the stove top– there are two ways to make dulce de leche on the stove top with a sealed can of condensed milk.
- First is to use a pressure cooker, which is the fastest way. Place sealed can in a pressure cooker full of water, covering the can by at least 2 inches. Cook under pressure for 30 minutes. Let pressure release naturally and let can and water both cool down all the way before removing and opening the can.
- If you just want to use a regular pot, make sure it’s a large pot of water, where the can will be submerged the whole time. Boil sealed can for about 2 1/2 hours. Let can and water cool down all the way before removing and opening the can.
Regardless of the method you choose to make your dulce de leche, make sure to always let it cool down before handling it. And leave it in the fridge for a few hours before piping so dulce de leche will be cold and have proper texture.
Making the Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting
Once the cakes are baked and cooled, and your dulce de leche ready to go, you can make the frosting.
- Add butter and cream cheese to the bowl of an electric mixer.
- Cream at medium-high speed for 1-2 minutes.
- Add dulce de leche. Cream for another minute or until incorporated.
- Now add the powdered sugar, and mix on low until incorporated.
- Once powdered sugar is incorporated, cream on medium-high for another minute. Add vanilla extract.
Troubleshooting the frosting:
If the frosting is too runny, feel free to add some more sifted powdered sugar. However, consider if the issue is because the butter and cream cheese are too soft, due to the temperature of your kitchen. If that’s the case, place the mixer bowl in the fridge for 5 minutes or so, remove and cream again.
If the frosting is too stiff, add some milk to it, about 1 teaspoon at a time, until you achieve the desired consistency.
Here are the steps to decorate this Dulce de Leche Cake:
- Pipe a ring of frosting around the edges of a cake layer.
- Pipe (or spoon) some dulce de leche in the middle of the cake (I used about 1/3 cup per layer on my 6″ layers)
- Use a spatula to smooth it out.
- Watch that beautiful frosting! So nice and thick!
- Start by frosting the entire cake with some of the Dulce de Leche cream cheese frosting.
- Use a bench scraper to smooth out the cake.
To decorate the top of this cake, besides using the Dulce de Leche Donuts, I also used a swirled frosting in a piping bag fitted with this tip: Ateco 829. And I am already linking it here because I ALWAYS get questions about this tip, cause it’s so pretty and it’s my go-to so I use it quite a bit!
Anyway, it’s very easy to make the swirled frosting.
- Pipe a line of dulce de leche on a piece of plastic.
- Spread some of the Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese frosting on top of it.
- Roll the plastic wrap onto itself like a log.
- Place the log inside a piping bag fitted with the tip of choice. You already know what my choice is 😉
I also used this same technique for the swirl frosting on my Dulce de Leche Cupcakes.
And you don’t have to add the swirled frosting, but I think it’s a nice touch!
Plus, it means there’s even more dulce de leche being added to the cake!
Speaking of dulce de leche, here are some more dulce de leche recipes you might enjoy:
- Dulce de Leche Donuts
- Dulce de Leche Pecan Macarons
- Dulce de Leche Bars
- Dulce de Leche filled Snickerdoodles
- Dulce de Leche Macarons
- Chocolate and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Pie
- Alfajor Cupcakes
- Dulce de Leche Cupcakes
I have lots of cake recipes on the blog: Layer Cakes, Bundt Cakes, Cheesecakes, Cupcakes, and even Vegan Cakes if that’s your thing (ps. you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy them! They are approved by all!). And here are some of my favorite cake recipes that you may like:
- Key Lime Pie Cake
- Kinder Bueno Cake
- Chocolate Strawberry Cake
- Cashew Caramel Apple Cake
- Salted Caramel Stout Cake
- Flan Cake
- Lemon Coconut Layer Cake
I hope you liked today’s recipe for this delicious Dulce de Leche Cake, I certainly loved making it! Have a beautiful day!
Dulce de Leche Cake
- 2 cups all-purpose flour 9 oz, 255 grams
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature 4 oz, 113 grams
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 10.5 oz, 300 grams
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 44 ml
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk 236 ml
Dulce de Leche Filling
- 2-14 oz cans of condensed milk to make dulce de leche some will also be used in the frosting
Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/2 cup cream cheese softened (4 oz, 113 grams)
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened (6 oz, 170 grams)
- 4 cups powdered sugar 18 oz, 510 grams
- 1/2 cup dulce de leche 7.94 oz, 225 grams
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
- Grease 4 6-inch round cake pans, or 2 8-inch round pans. Line with parchment paper. Or butter and flour the pans.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt together. Set aside.
- Cream butter and oil together in the bowl of an electric mixer for about 1 minute.
- Add sugar. Cream for another 2 minutes.
- Add eggs one at a time, waiting for one egg to be incorporated before adding the next one.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Pour half of the milk in. Mix until combined.
- Add half of the flour mixture in the bowl. Stir until combined.
- Add the rest of the milk in.
- Finally, add the other half of the flour mixture.
- Stir just until combined. You don’t want to over mix cake batter, because that might make your cake dry and tough, since the more you mix, the batter starts to develop gluten.
- Divide cake batter between the two cake pans.
- Bake in pre-heated oven for about 15-20 minutes, rotating in between.
- Cakes are ready when they are golden on the outside and cooked on the inside. Insert a toothpick in the cake and if it comes out clean, that means the cake is baked. Or gently touch the top of the cake, if it springs right back, it means the cake is ready.
- Remove from the oven. Let cakes cool down for 10 minutes, remove them from the pans. Let them cool down completely before frosting.
Dulce de leche filling
- You can use pre-made dulce de leche, or make it at home. To make dulce de leche at home, you take many different approaches. Check the post above to read 3 different approaches on how to make dulce de leche from a can of condensed milk.
- My favorite way to make dulce de leche starts with an unopened can of condensed milk. Place sealed can in a pressure cooker with enough water to cover it plus at least 2 inches.
- Then, bring the water to a boil and cook under pressure for 30 minutes.
- Let pressure release naturally and let can and water cool down all the way before removing and opening the can. You can cook 2 cans at the same time.
- When you open the can, it will be a thick darkened caramel inside.
- Place contents in a container and put it in the fridge until cold and firm.
Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting
- Place cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer.
- Cream at medium-high speed for 2 minutes.
- Add dulce de leche. Cream for another 30 seconds, scrape the bowl to incorporate.
- With the mixer off, add sifted powdered sugar.
- Mix on low until combined.
- Raise speed to medium-high and cream for another minute.
- Add vanilla and mix.
- If frosting seems too runny, add a bit more powdered sugar, or make sure your kitchen isn’t too hot, because it could just be that the butter and cream cheese are too soft. If that’s the case, pop the bowl of frosting in the fridge for 5 minutes, remove and whip again.
- If the frosting seems too stiff, add 1 teaspoon of milk at a time until you achieve the desired consistency.
- Place one layer of cake on a cake plate.
- Pipe a ring of frosting around the edges of the cake.
- Spread about 1/3 cup of dulce de Leche in the middle of the cake (depends on what size cake you’ve baked. I like a very thick layer, and I used about 1/3 cup on my 6 inch cake)
- Top with another cake.
- Pipe a ring of frosting around the edges of the cake, fill it with dulce de leche. Keep doing this until you reach the last cake layer.
- Frost with the Dulce de Leche cream cheese frosting.
- I topped my cake with these Dulce de Leche donuts.
- Cake will store nicely in the fridge for up to 4 days.