Dulce de Chocolate Cake

I figured a gargantuan slice of chocolate cake was in order this morning.  You see, this past weekend Scott and I signed a contract to officially add on a breakfast room addition and a screened-in porch to our existing home.  This idea has been sloshing around between us for the past two years and to see it finally come to fruition is nothing short of exciting!  I’ve posted a few pictures over at my Flickr Account of the original space.  Once work begins in a couple weeks, I’ll upload weekly pictorial updates for those interested in following along.

Aside from the need to celebrate in true chocolate style, this cake was also inspired by my new found addiction knowledge of homemade dulce de leche.  A couple weeks back I discovered that if you took a can of sweetened condensed milk, placed it in a large simmering pot of water, and let it sit for about three and a half hours, Blammo!  Out came the most delightfully delicious, completely creamy, totally dreamy, caramel sauce.

Apart from eating the entire can with a spoon, I simply had to create a recipe.  I initially tried it out on a banana cream pie.  Epic Fail.  I placed the dulce at the base of the crust before putting on the custard and the moisture made it reliquidize (because sometimes you just need to create your own word.  Am I right or am I right?) and spill out all over the pan.  Tasty, but not so pretty.  My next attempt was a take on German chocolate cake using the dulce as the caramel filling.  I’m happy to report that the results were much prettier and just as tasty.

I’m sure you’re ready to bake up your own slice so let’s get cooking shall we?

Start out by scraping up a little quality chocolate.  I went all out and used the fancy shmancy Scharffenberger I received at BlogHer Food a couple months back.

Chop up the bar and add it to the bowl with a bit of the cocoa powder.  Pour a little boiling water over the top, stirring it around a few times to get the chocolate good and melted and then set it to the side.

In a mixing bowl cream together a pile of butter and a couple cups of sugar.  Add in a few eggs and a little vanilla for good measure.

Mix it together and then add in a bit of mayonnaise.  I’ve always wanted to try adding mayonnaise to a cake.  Another check off the baking bucket list.

Grab one final bowl and mix together a few standard dry ingredients; you know the ones.  Flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

Alternating between the two, add the chocolate and the flour back into the mixing bowl, about a third at a go, combining the batter between each addition.

Once it’s all combined, pour it into three prepared baking pans.

Slide them into the oven and cook them until they’re ready be cakeitized. (another MC dictionary entry).

While the cakes are cooling we’ll whip up a little frosting.  Grab some butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, milk, cocoa, and a few tablespoons of the dulce de leche.  And yes, feel free to lick the spoon once you add it in.

Set out your first layer of cake and spread about half of the remaining dulce over the top.  Sprinkle a hearty handful of coconut on top of that.  If you have pecans and are feeling a bit frisky, sprinkle them on as well.  I didn’t realize I ran out of said nuts until heading to the pantry to grab them for said cake.

Rinse, repeat and place the top on your cake.  Finally, grab up that bowl of fabulous frosting and slide it around your beautiful bite of bakery.

Take a look at that work of art.  If that doesn’t make you want to grab a fork and a glass of milk I don’t know what will.

My advice?  Find a reason to celebrate and bake up a chocolate cake.  Today.  Or, if you’re looking for an easy out, simply boil up a batch of dulce de leche and grab a spoon.  I’ve found many hours of happiness through both methods of celebration.  Trust me on this one.

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Dulce de Chocolate Cake

Total Time: 1 hour 15 min


For the Cake:

1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
3 Oz. Dark Chocolate, Chopped
1 Cup Boiling Water
11/2 Sticks Butter
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
3 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Cup Mayonnaise
3 Cups Flour
11/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 14 Oz. Can Dulce de Leche

For the Frosting:
1 Stick Butter
4 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Tbsp Milk
3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
4 Oz. Coconut Flakes


To a bowl add the cocoa powder and chopped chocolate.

Pour the boiling water in with the chocolate and stir it up until completely melted.

In a separate bowl cream together the butter and both the sugars.

Beat in the eggs and vanilla and then stir in the mayonnaise.

In a third bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Alternate adding and mixing the flour and the chocolate to the creamed mixture until all combined.

Pour batter into 3 9" prepared cake pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

While the cakes are cooling, whip together the frosting ingredients; the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, milk, cocoa, and 5 Tbsp of the dulce de leche*.

Take the remaining dulce de leche and spread half of it over the first layer of cake.

Spread half the coconut flakes over the top.

Place the next layer of cake and repeat the dulce de leche and coconut.

Place the final layer on top and frost with the prepared frosting.

*To make your own dulce de leche, simmer a can of sweetened condensed milk completely covered in water for 31/2 hours. Remove from the water and allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before opening.

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42 Responses to “Dulce de Chocolate Cake”

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    Kay @ The Church Cook — August 2, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    When I wake up in the morning, this is what I love to see….how beautiful! Wish I could snatch a piece. Looks wonderful, Julie!

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    Rita — August 2, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Congratulations on your decision fro that screened porch; you will love it Julie! This cake has to be one of the best way to start the day. I have a grandson who would walk miles for this; so saving your recipe.

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    Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy — August 2, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    Oh, I love dulce de leche! I’ve never actually made my own from real sweetened condensed milk, but, oddly enough, since going dairy-free temporarily, I’ve made it several times with coconut milk. Yummy! And this cake looks absolutely amazing.

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    Lily's Treasures — August 2, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    When Mommie cooks… she cooks amazingly 😀 Oh my… what a sweet treat !

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    Dmarie — August 2, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    looks like heaven!

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book — August 2, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    Fabulous – wonder if I could skip dinner and have an extra slice?
    :-) Mandy

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    Mari's Cakes — August 2, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    It looks Delicioso!!! I would love a piece right this moment :) Your are sooo lucky to have it in front of you, ENJOY!

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    Laura in Cancun — August 2, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    that looks incredible! I’m starving now

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    Jenna — August 2, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    I am SO EXCITED about your instructions on making my own dulce de leche! Oh my gosh! I had no idea it was that easy! I can’t wait to make some. We love it on ice cream, and I’m sure in coffee it would be a welcome addition. Mmmm!

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    Melissa R — August 2, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    Looks scrumptious : )

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    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — August 2, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    oh my goodness, ive been dying to try out that dulce de leche method for ages and i think this might be THE recipe to finally do it. Everything about this looks fabulous and i love the use of mayo in the cake :) Gorgeous!

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    Faith — August 2, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    Wow Julie. Love this cake and choclate? count me in please. It looks gorgeous and I love the texture. Great job.

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    Cindy B. — August 2, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

    WOW! this look soooo good!

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    Kelly — August 2, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    This sounds amazing!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — August 3, 2011 @ 3:59 am

    I want a gargantuan slice of chocolate cake for breakfast! I love, love. love dulce de leche and chocolate together!

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    Sanjeeta kk — August 3, 2011 @ 4:48 am

    Wow…what a gorgeous bake it is, Julie! Love the dulce de leche frosting.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — August 3, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    This looks so good Julie!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 3, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    You can not beat chocolate and caramel (ok, maybe chocolate and peanut butter)! This cake sounds amazing, I’d just have to leave off the coconut on my slice;-)

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    Maria — August 3, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    This cake looks amazing!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — August 4, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    Oh, my. What a delicious temptation this cake would be!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 4, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    WOW! This looks so good! And congratulations on the new house addition – sounds like it will be beautiful!

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — August 4, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    I would eat that in a breakfast nook… or anywhere really!

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    Rach — August 4, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    This is just gorgeous

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    Ana — August 4, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    This looks AWESOME! I can’t wait to try it :)

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    Beth — August 5, 2011 @ 5:33 am

    I’ve just discovered homemade dulce de leche and I love it too! Your cake looks delicious.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 5, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    I have been wanting to make dulce de leche for a while now…I have to say I have been a bit scared of exploding cans, but you make it look easy!

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    grace — August 6, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    oh yeah. the coconut is a masterful touch, julie. this is a winner!

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    Mellisa @ Fun Saving Money — August 9, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    This looks AMAZING!

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    Scott Hepburn — August 9, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Oh. My. Word.

    I’m not a big coconut fan, but everything else in this recipe screams “Yes please!!”

    Put me down for two slices.

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    Shelby — August 12, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    Um, YUM! Oh this just has my name written all over it. Really! It does. 😉

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    Morgan @ Some Kind of Sunshine — August 12, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    WOW! This looks amazing. Anything with chocolate and coconut…count me in!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — August 16, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    wishing I had a piece of this wonderfull-ness right now :)

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    Maranda — August 16, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Stunning, stunning cake my dear! I will definitely have to give this one a try. It looks amazing!!

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    Maranda — August 16, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Oh! And congrats on your expansion!!!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — August 16, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    this looks brilliant!!! i want some of this right now please….:) thank you for sharing this.

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    trina @ best salad recipes — August 20, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

    These look yummy!!! my boys and I will have to make them for desserts this weekend. thanks for sharing! :)

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    best chocolate recipes — August 21, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    Your beautiful photos really show off what a delicious chocolate cake this is! thank you for this wonderful recipe :)

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    Best Smoothie Recipes — August 21, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    What a fabulous recipe!! this sounds like a great variation. the photos are great! thanks!!!

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    Kathleen — September 4, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    Oh my gosh!!! This cake looks Ahhhhmazing!!!

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    The PAM Challenge Part 1: Pumpkin Molasses Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Buttercream Frosting | Mommie Cooks! — September 26, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    […] ready assemble.  If you need a refresher on how to make your own dulce, be sure to check out my dulce de chocolate cake post.  You’ll learn all about dulce and leave with a craving for cake to […]

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    Brogan Macdougall — February 7, 2012 @ 3:11 am

    A round of applause for your blog post.Really thank you! Much obliged.

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    Ruth — September 1, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Great looking cake but turns out really dry…..needs to be served with ice-cream and warm to have some moisture will have to have ingredients treaked a bit to become moister

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