Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chocolate Cake with Dulce De Leche

I was recently reading Wendy's easy recipe on making your own Dulce de leche ("DDL") from condensed milk.  I was hooked and immediately made two tins of DDL the very next day!  I tried the DDL with cupcakes (din post it here, but recipe modified from my Nutella Cupcakes by replacing 2 tbsp of Nutella spread with same amount of DDL).  Yields very soft cupcakes, but cannot really taste the DDL.   I also used the DDL as spread on toast - quite tasty and not too sweet.  

And today, I make a DDL chocolate sponge cake.  My cake decoration skills are really basic, so I keep it simple by dusting it with cocoa powder and arrange some Maltesers chocolate balls around the edge.  I am very happy with the results.  The moist and soft spongy cake goes very well with the light DDL whipped cream.  It is not very sweet and tasted like Tiramisu cake, probably cos I brush the sponge with some coffee and rum syrup.


Chocolate sponge
(A) Whisk together:
4 eggs (55g each with egg shell), room temperature
100g caster sugar
A pinch of salt

(B) Sift together:
80g top flour
40g cornflour
20g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda

(C)  Mix together:
1/2 tsp rum essence
50ml milk, room temperature
50ml corn oil (or melted butter)

1) Whisk (A) together on maximum speed till tripled in volume - about 5 minutes.  Switch to low speed and whisk for another minute to two.

2) Gently fold in sifted flour mixture from (B).

3) Carefully fold in the liquid mixture from (C) and mix well till you have a shiny batter.

4) Pour the batter into a lined 8" round pan and bake in preheated oven at 175C for about 35 to 40 minutes.

Dulce de leche cream (modified from Wendy)
250ml diary whipping cream, cold from fridge
100g DDL, cold
2/3 tsp gelatin powder + 1 tbsp water (melt together and leave to cool)

1) Place the mixing bowl (for whipping the cream) in the freezer.  Get ready some iced cubes.

2) Put the DDL into the cold mixing bowl.  Sit the mixing bowl in a bigger bowl filled with iced cubes + cold water.

3) Pour in a little whipping cream and whisk to combine with the DDL.  Pour in the remaining whipping cream and whisk on high speed till soft peak.  Pour in the melted gelatin and continue to whisk till stiff peak.

4) Use immediately, or keep in fridge while you gather the remaining ingredients.

Dulce de leche spread
Mix together:
4 heaped tablespoon DDL
1 to 2 tbsp strong black coffee (w/o sugar)

Coffee and rum syrup:
4 to 5 tbsp strong black coffee (w/o sugar)
3 tbsp rum (or coffee liquor)

To assemble:
1) Trim and slice cake into 3 even layers.

2) Place 1 layer onto the cake board.  Brush with syrup and spread half the DDL spread.  Spread 1/4 of the DDL cream.  Repeat with another layer of cake, syrup, DDL spread and DDL cream.

3) Place the top layer of cake.  Brush with syrup and cover the whole cake with DDL cream.

4) Dust the top with cocoa powder and arrange some chocolate balls around the edge.


  1. I just hop over from another blog also using Wendy's DDL recipe, look like i have to try making DDL soon. Your cake look perfect and good.

  2. Yes thank you.I would liek big piece pls:) Dolce vita!

  3. Wow...that cake looks picture perfect! Looks like eating it would take my taste buds for a trip!

  4. Your layers look perfect!
    Glad you made DDL with success.
    The cream taste like it has cheese right?

  5. What a beautiful cake, love the layer and the frosting is perfect. I also have DDL at home but have not try anything yet. Better start to use it soon.

  6. Thanks, Sonia. Yes, you must give DDL a try!

    Dzoli: My girl wanted a big slice too... but I gave her a small piece cos of the rum that I added.

    Thanks, Cake with berries. Reminds me to make some berries dessert soon ...

    Wendy: Thanks for sharing the DDL recipe. Love it! It does taste a little like mascarpone cheese, especially after I brush the sponge with coffee/rum syrup.

  7. The layer was so neat, beautiful.Love to have a piece...hehehe :)

  8. This look very yummy, anymore left for me. ;p

  9. Thanks, yummy little cooks.

    Happy Flour: hee... all gone within the day, though i still have some more DDL.

  10. oh my goodness, fong! your cake looks absolutely fantastic - the layering inside and the frosting on the outside look really beautiful! And i bet choc with DDL was like a match made in heaven ;p


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