Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake

Hello friends! Today I bring to you a very special recipe! Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake. Moist layers of chocolate cake filled with rich and decadent dulce de leche. Certainly a very indulgent dessert!

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake

This Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake is also topped with the most delicious Dulce de Leche Fudge truffles (Churros Truffles). They are super easy to make, and absolutely impossible to resist.

Actually this cake looks pretty similar to my Dulce de Leche Cake, which is made out of Vanilla cake layers, filled with Dulce de Leche, and covered in Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting. And topped with Dulce de Leche Donuts, which look at lot like the truffles in today’s cake.

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So I guess you can say those cakes are cousins, or siblings. Or you could say this is the chocolate version of the classic one!

I made this Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake to celebrate my sister Marina’s birthday! She is 3 years older than me, she was my first friend in the world, and remains my best one to this day!

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake

Even though this cake looks impressive (if I do say so myself), it’s pretty easy to make. Specially because it doesn’t even involve making any frosting.

I think that the dulce de leche and chocolate cake combination is already enough delicious, and I did not miss any frosting at all in this super rich and marvelous cake.

And you can make the dulce de leche yourself, or you can purchase it online, or at a store.

Making dulce de leche at home is pretty easy, and I will show you how to do it with just one ingredient: a can of condensed milk.

dulce de leche can

How to make Homemade Dulce de Leche

There are a few options when it comes to making dulce de leche at home.

  1. Oven method– Open the condensed milk can, pour it in a small oven-proof pan, and cover it with foil. Place the pan in a bigger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with water to create a water bath and bake the condensed milk in 350ºF oven for about 2-3 hours, stirring in between.
  2. Stove top– You can either use a pressure cooker, or a regular pot to make Dulce de Leche in the stove top. And both are going to use an unopened can of condensed milk.
  • Pressure cooker– Place the sealed can of condensed milk in a pressure cooker full of water, covering the can by at least 2 inches. Cook under high pressure for 35 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally and let the can cool completely before opening it.
  • Regular pot– Place the sealed can of condensed milk in a large pot full of water. Boil the sealed can for about 2 1/2 hours, making sure the can is always submerged in water, which means you may have to pour more water in the pan during the boiling time. And again, let the can cool completely before opening it.

Always make sure the can cools down before you open it. And then leave it in the fridge for a few hours before using so that the dulce de leche will be cold and have the proper texture.

slice of chocolate dulce de leche cake

If you don’t feel like making your own dulce de leche, that’s understandable, and there are plenty of amazing brands out there you can purchase from!

Here are some suggestions:

Ps. Havanna is my FAVORITE!

Anyway, find a dulce de leche that is creamy and will hold the piping well.

And when you fill the cake, you can either spread the dulce de leche between the layers using a spoon or a spatula, or place the dulce de leche in a piping bag, and pipe little dollops, or petals like I did on mine.

piping dulce de leche on cake

I used about 1/2 cup of dulce de leche per layer, slightly shy from 1/2 cup. But if you are making the dulce de leche from scratch, make at least 2 cans of condensed milk.

And if you are planning on making the Dulce de Leche Fudge truffles (recipe coming tomorrow) for the top, make that 3 cans.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate naked Cake

If you know me already, then you know that this Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake is not my first dulce de leche recipe here on the blog. I am the biggest dulce de leche fan. Growing up in Brazil, you practically see dulce de leche everywhere, and it has always been one of my favorite things.

And my sister’s too, which is why she requested a dulce de leche cake for her birthday.

Here are some other Dulce de Leche desserts you might enjoy:

And many more!!

chocolate dulce de leche cake

Also make sure to check out some of my special Layer Cakes. If you would like to make this naked Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake into a frosted cake, feel free to use any other frosting such as a simple buttercream, or any of the ones I mention below in the recipe, that could be a great addition to this cake.

And as always, thank you so much for reading my blog! It means the world to me! Hope you enjoyed today’s recipe! And I will leave you with a drool worthy slice of this magical cake!

slice of chocolate dulce de leche cake
Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake

Camila Hurst
Moist layers of chocolate cake filled with rich and decadent dulce de leche. Easy to make, and very impressive. The cake was topped with Dulce de Leche Fudge.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
0 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Latin
Servings 12 people
Calories 400 kcal


Chocolate Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 183 grams, 5.4 oz
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 39 grams, 1.38 oz
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature 113 grams, 4 oz
  • 1 cups sugar 200 grams, 7 oz
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup milk 157 ml
  • 2/3 cup hot brewed coffee read notes* 157 ml
Dulce de Leche
  • 2-14 oz cans of condensed milk to make dulce de leche
  • Or about 2 cups of store-bought dulce de leche


Chocolate Cake
  • This recipe makes for 4-6” round cakes, or 2-8” round cakes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350Fº.
  • Butter 4-6″ cake pans and place a parchment paper circle in the bottom of pans. Butter parchment. You can also use spray oil instead. Set aside.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and espresso powder, if using it instead of the coffee. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter at medium-high speed for 1 minute.
  • Add sugar slowly, cream for another 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs to the mixture, one at a time, scraping the bowl in between and making sure the first egg is incorporated before adding the second one.
  • Add vanilla extract and mix.
  • Slowly add milk, mix to combine.
  • Pour dry ingredients over wet mixture.
  • Fold with a spatula slowly, until ingredients are just combined.
  • If you see big clumps of cocoa powder, you can use the whisk to try to gently smooth the batter out.
  • Once batter is incorporated, pour hot coffee in the bowl. Whisk until combined.
  • Pour batter evenly onto baking pans.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 15-20 min. After the 12 minute mark, keep checking regularly, because you don’t want to burn your cakes or over bake them. Remove them from the oven once a toothpick comes our clean once inserted in the cake.
  • Once you remove it from the oven, wait 10 minutes, flip cakes onto a cookie cooling rack and let cakes cool.
  • Once cool, wrap each layer individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. I like to leave my layers in the fridge for quite a bit so they can firm up and make it easier to assemble and decorate the cake.
Dulce de Leche
  • 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 35 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.
To assemble
  • Place one cake layer on a cake stand, or serving plate. Place the dulce de leche in a piping bag, pipe dollops of dulce de leche around the edges of the cake and all the way to the middle of the layer.
  • Top with another layer. Repeat this until you are done with the cake layers.
  • Finish with a piping of dulce de leche on top.
  • I made Dulce de Leche Fudge Truffles to put on top of the cake.
  • Keep the cake refrigerated, preferably covered so it doesn’t dry out, for up to 4 days.


*Always feel free to substitute the hot coffee for hot water. You could also add 1 teaspoon of espresso powder to the dry ingredients if that’s the case, or simply go without and use just the hot water. I have made this cake many times without coffee, using water instead, and it turned out fine. The coffee is simply used to enhance the chocolate flavor and richness, but not completely mandatory.
**I preferred to keep this a naked cake, because the dulce de leche is already so rich, and works so well with the chocolate. But if you would like to frost this cake, any of the following frostings will work:
Condensed Milk Chocolate Frosting
Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Italian Meringue Buttercream
***This is the recipe for the Dulce de Leche Fudge Truffles I used to top the cake.
Keyword cake, chocolate, dulce de leche

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  1. Hi there, I couldn’t help but notice that you say to leave this cake in the firdge until ready to use as it is an oil based cake and so this will be easier to work with when cool. However, the recipe says butter, not oil. Am I missing something here? 🙈xx

    1. You’re absolutely right!! I had copied that bottom instruction from my oil based chocolate cake lol! my mistake!! Thanks for pointing out. It’s been fixed!!!

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