Dulce De Leche Chocolate Cake

*opens door* Lucyy, I’m homeee!

Lucy? Anyone? *looks around* Hey, where’s my clapping audience?


I brought cake. Chocolate cake.

*hears whispers*

With dulce de leche filling.

And topping.

*audience claps*

That’s better! :)

I made this cake for my brother’s birthday because the fondant idea went straight down the drain, a long sad story I’ll save for later.

You can use your favorite chocolate cake recipe…the beauty in my opinion is in the dulce de leche. In case you’re wondering…dulce de leche is kind of fancy talk for caramel. It’s delicious. I have no idea why it turned out so runny, but I’m assuming it’s because I don’t have an electric mixer and didn’t whip it long enough. It doesn’t matter though…I thought it was perfect.

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the final cake product, but my grandma’s birthday happens to be coming up and she requested I make this cake for her. I’ll be sure to take some pretty pictures!

It’s good to be back, folks. :)

Devil’s Food Cake (adapted from Food Network)
(To be honest, you can just use a cake mix and make your life easier…like I said, the beauty’s in the frosting)

  • 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup nonalkalized cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Optional: Chocolate chips


  1. To make the cake: Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter two 9-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with a circle of parchment or wax paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.Beat the butter at medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium-high and slowly add the sugar. Continue beating until light and smooth, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and beat at medium speed for 1 minute more. (Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl again, if needed.) With the mixer running at medium-low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute between each addition.
  4. Combine the water and milk in a saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from the heat.
  5. With the mixer at low speed, add the flour mixture, about a 1/4 cup at a time. Carefully pour the hot liquid into the batter. Remove the bowl from the mixer and, using a large rubber spatula, finish combining the batter until smooth. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Lightly drop each pan onto the counter to settle the batter.
  6. Set the pans on the middle rack in the oven. Bake until the cakes begin to pull away from the sides of the pans and the center springs back when touched lightly, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Cool the cakes, in the pans, on a rack for 10 minutes. Turn the cake layers out of the pans and cool on the rack. (If not assembling the cake right away, wrap the layers in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 1 day, or freeze for up to 2 months.)
  8. Assemble the Devil’s Food Cake. Place 1 cake layer upside-down on a cake stand or flat plate. Scoop about 1/3 of the icing onto the center of the layer. Using a large, offset spatula, spread the icing evenly over the layer to the edges. Place the other cake layer, rounded-side up, on top. Evenly spread half of the remaining icing over the top, spreading any excess icing down the sides. Spread the remaining icing around the sides of the cake. Use the tip of the offset spatula to make a swirling pattern in the icing. Serve. Store under a cake dome or loosely wrapped with plastic, at room temperature, for up to 2 days.

Dulce De Leche Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup dulce de leche, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Optional: I added a hint of molasses
  1. Place cream cheese in the bowl of an electric stand mixer.  Beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds, until very soft and pliable.
  2.  Stop the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the butter and dulce de leche.  Beat on medium speed until well incorporated.
  3. Stop the mixer and add the salt and powdered sugar.  Beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until fluffy and lighter in color.
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20 Responses to Dulce De Leche Chocolate Cake

  1. Your cake and dulce de leche looks so delicious! Yum!

  2. Marwa says:

    I wanna try!!
    is it Omar’s B-day?? that means it’s been 2 years since we were decorating the card in the Physics lecture hall!! Time passes too fast!!

    btw, do u remember the first time you told me about the whoopie pie?? I made it like this (2 cakes above each other) =D

  3. cathy says:

    wow! generous helping of DDL! yummy! ;)

  4. cathy says:

    wow! generous serving of DDL! yummy! ;)

  5. wow This looks so rich and delicious!

  6. Nourhan, this cake is mouthwatering! Like, literally, my mouth is hanging open, waiting for a slice of this heavenly cake! Great job on it, and thanks for sharing your recipe.

  7. Kathy says:

    Beautiful cake! I love Dulce de leche…I’d eat it with a spoon right from the bowl!

  8. Tanvi says:

    I love dulce de leche.Love the shot where you are pouring it over the cake.I want a slice!!Hope u had a lovely break and a good time.

  9. Can I stick my finger in the Dulce De Leche icing? Please?! That looks incredible Nourhan! So delicious!

  10. Juliana says:

    Oh! Chocolate cake with dolce de leche…I can almost taste it…so tasty and yummie. This is a real treat. Hope you are having a great week :-)

  11. Joanne says:

    When you come back, you really COME BACK. This looks amazing! Ah dulce de leche…the stuff that really happy dreams and birthdays are made of.

  12. OMG… I am almost speechless… almost.
    Excuse me while I wipe away the drool.
    *kisses* HH

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  14. Rabiya says:

    Looks amazing mA but i really have something against caramel…i try to stay far away from it.

  15. monica says:

    Waw, nice you visited my blog! I want to try this cake because my brother brought me 2
    jars of Dulce de Leche from Argentina…so now I’ve got your delicious recipe to use them. have a nice day:))

  16. oneordinaryday says:

    Oh my goodness. Yum!

    (Wanted to let ya know I added you to my blog roll!)

  17. fatisrecipes says:

    This cake looks a lot simpler than the other de leche cakes I’ve seen… thanks for sharing. :D

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  19. hd4baja says:

    This is VERY tasty! Thank you! I made exactly as written, except I added a chocolate ganache on top of the de leche frosting on the top. I did add molasses and liked the taste, but it was probably too much of a “hint”. I will cut down the 1 tablespoon I added to 1/2 tablespoon next time I make this cake – and I will make it again!!

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