Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Dulce de Leche cake

I know, I know...there's been a lot of talk about DDL in the blogosphere. And I'm joining in with this cake I've made a couple of times at home, and it has never disappointed me. I say me, because Ro is such a sucker for anything chocolate and anything caramel, butterscotch, praline etc. is of not so much importance to him. I'd baked this 3 layer mocha cake (which tasted more like a chocolate cake) with whipped cream frosting a few weeks back and since I wasn't too happy about it, Ro took it upon himself to finish off the entire thing....in a matter of 2 weeks that is. And I was getting sick of this cake in the refrigerator staring back at me, and had to have something else to feast on while Ro indulged in this mocha disaster. 
I also thought I'd have to make ddl the scary way (in the pressure cooker) and so was putting this off for a long long time. Lucky for me, it was available at the local store under the name caramel and a small note saying its ddl. So fear not people, at least those in UK, just check for Nestle Carnation caramel ..its the same damn thing! Strangely though, the Carnation ddl just didnt do the trick for me..I mean I thought I would finish off half the can just on its own (like how all the other bloggers out there had mentioned and like how i normally do with the condensed milk), but this was unappealing and was a bit of a bummer really. I cant point my finger and say, yes, that was the problem, but it just didn't hit the right spot. I had plans to make Jamie Oliver's banoffee pie, but since caramel is the base and since I didn't really like it on its own, I am not going to attempt doing that. Well, unless I get the proper ddl bar from an Argentinian store or something like that (high-frikking-unlikely). The ddl flavour from Haagen-Dazs is so yummy, I thought it would be more or less like that. Silly me, for thinking that.
Anyhoo, I first incorporated my condensed milk pound cake recipe into the ddl cake, and it turned out good. Then I stumbled upon Divya's ddl cake recipe and found out that was a tad easier than my method. Since I had all the time in the world, I thought I'd even make a blog post out of it. 

I halved/tweaked Divya's recipe a bit (I knew I was going to hog the entire thing on my own)
Icing  sugar- 1/2 cup
Butter- 1/2 cup (113 grams)
Nestle Carnation Dulce de leche- 1/2 cup
Egg- 1 large
Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
All purpose flour- 85 gms
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt- a pinch
Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Keep aside.
Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy. 
Add ddl and mix till well combined.
Reduce speed to the lowest and add the flour . Beat until just mixed.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well again. I did  this on low speed and then pulsed just to get it all together. 
Grease a 9 inch cake pan or line a cupcake tray with 6 cups and pour in the batter.
Bake in an oven pre heated at 180C for 40 to 45 minutes and for cupcakes about 30 to 35 minutes.
Do the skewer test and if it comes out clean, you know what to do :)
I drizzled some left over ddl on top of the cake. Loved it to bits.
Really, you cant go wrong with this cake. And for all those who don't get ready made ddl (mom are you listening???), check out this step-by-step procedure on Divya's blog. And no I would never try this method because of my fear of pressure cookers, which will haunt me forever I guess :O

Sending this to Sweets for a Saturday hosted over at Lisa's

43 comments:

Umm Mymoonah said...

This looks so scrumptious, have to make this.

Swathi said...

Dulce de leche cake looks awesome. I will try to make them in near future.

Vimitha Anand said...

That cake is an absolute delicacy to much on... Love it..

Priya's Feast said...

Awesome click on deleche cake....I am drooling here..

Satrupa said...

DDL .... Delicious !!!

Suja Sugathan said...

Absolutely yummy and irresistible cake..beautiful clicks dear..love it.

Kairali sisters said...

Looks too good. My fav Nisha..Great job girl...

Priya said...

Gorgeous cake, feel like having that beautiful slice, truly marvellous..

Asha said...

That looks so moist and Dulce de leche is one of my favorite flavors..

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Love the super delicious cake...

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Biny Anoop said...

OMG thats sooooooooooo tempting i want it now!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

Looks amazing.I gotta try your recipe soon..looks simple.

divya said...

Slurp,mouthwatering here, wat a delicious cake...

Torviewtoronto said...

beautiful delicious cake looks wonderful

Divya Kudua said...

Your pics are tempting me to make this again..

Suhaina said...

My Oh My...looks so yummy..Luckily i have a tin of Dulce..I will surely give it a try... Wonderful and tempting clicks..perfectly baked too.

Prerna@IndianSimmer said...

Ooo, that looks GOOD!

Rekha shoban said...

lovely cake...perfectly baked!!nice click!

sanjeeta kk said...

What a lovely texture of the cake! Love the color, wish I could get a slice from it :)

sanjeeta kk said...

Lovely texture and beautiful color, wish I could get a slice from it )

Tina said...

its tempting yaar...mouthwatering cake...

Rumana Rawat said...

Delicious:) and very beautiful...

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Nisha... this looks super delicious..wr u in kerala?

Sharmilee! :) said...

Very appealing clicks looks super yumm

schmetterlingwords said...

Hi Nisha, this cake of yours haunts me... Perfectly baked... the texture, the colour and above all, the DDL... woww... I just love this.. just to look at it, i'll visit ur blog often :D

notyet100 said...

cake looks Gorgeous,.

Yummy Team said...

The cake looks so perfect and moist..Fabulous clicks!

Jaisy James said...

wow looks soft and yummy perfect

JishasKItchen said...

yummy and looks so perfect..

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

Love this cake's deep color! I never buy dulce de leche or make it at home because I can easily eat an entire can of it by myself. I know it'd never make it to this lovely cake stage :)

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

This looks just lovely! Not too heavy and not too light. Just right!

Anonymous said...

Looks totally awesome. You should post it on http://www.tasteimonials.com too. They are new and don't deny your submissions for lighting or composition. Check it out. They're great. be part of the start up.

aipi said...

My hubby will go crazy for this one :))


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Non stick, Nutty and Sous chef said...

Hey, just stumbled upon ur blog... think its lovely! :)

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said...

I love dulce de leche!! Sometime back I made and posted dulce de leche cheese cake and I'm so in love with it. I'm certain I will love this!

Chitra said...

Looks soft & spongy.:)Nice clicks

Now Serving said...

Nisha, Came here from you FB page! This is one helluva cake! Running a cake event on my blog - pls check out here .. http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/2011/02/announcing-second-guest-event.html

Hope you will participate dear!

Padhu said...

Looks gorgeous!
I was admiring all your pics in Food Gawker and tasteSpotting

Nithu said...

Cake looks wonderful. I love ddl.

Sushma Mallya said...

Perectly baked looks so nice will surely try this:)

Lisa said...

Seeing that caramel just dripping down the side of your cake is a sight to behold. This must have been one delicious cake. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/03/sweets-for-saturday-8.html

Ananda Rajashekar said...

I saw many updates about the cake on FB, didn't want to miss a chance wat is this cake all about, it is new for me...no wonder all were going gaga for it, last pic my my!

Smita and Rekha said...

Lovely cake.... looks yumm no wonder why every one was raving and ranting about Dulce de leche :)

First time on your blog... happy to follow you !!