Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake

This Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake is just heavenly! It may seem like an odd combo – until you taste it. It’s made with layers of moist vanilla cake filled with dulce de leche, strawberries and vanilla buttercream. Yum!

Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake, dulce de leche, fresh strawberries and vanilla buttercream! A delicious combo!
Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake, dulce de leche, fresh strawberries and vanilla buttercream! A delicious combo!

So the hubs was totally cracking me up yesterday morning:

Since I started volunteering with the 2 year olds on Sunday mornings, the hubs and I’s actual church service attendance has been a bit spotty. For a while we tried to go to the early service and then I stayed for the later one that I volunteered for. But eventually, the hubs took some Sunday morning lessons since that day and time was specifically requested.

However a couple months ago, we finally attended service together again and it reminded us how much we enjoy that on our Sunday mornings. The hubs requested that we both finish out our obligations and then he’d rearrange his Sunday lessons to free up Sunday morning again.

Yesterday morning we were finally able to get back to our old routine.

Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake, dulce de leche, fresh strawberries and vanilla buttercream! A delicious combo!

I woke up first and when the hubs woke up, he came into the bathroom, planted himself and declared “I’m excited!” :)

And he was. He started singing some of his favorite worship songs while we got ready and then played them all the way to church. He was belting them out too, which is very unlike him. I joined in of course. It was really cute and made me really glad we’d finally gotten it together and gotten back to service together.

Then I had to go play tennis in 90 degree weather and almost died. But whatevs. :)

Our church actually has a lot of previous messages online, if you’re interested in checking them out. They also have a live service every Sunday at 11 a.m. EST. It’s good stuff.

Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake, dulce de leche, fresh strawberries and vanilla buttercream! A delicious combo!
Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake, dulce de leche, fresh strawberries and vanilla buttercream! A delicious combo!

The idea for this cake actually come from a version I tasted when I was in Miami for the BlogHer Food Conference in May. A group of us went to lunch at Ceviche 105, which is amazing by the way, and this is what I ordered for dessert. Well, my version at least.

Unfortunately, it looks like this may be a seasonal menu item. It’s not listed on their online menu. But have no fear! You can make this one!

The strawberries and dulce de leche are the real stars here. I was kind of lazy and used a canned dulce de leche, but if you have a homemade version you like, go for it. My friend Dorothy, who happened to be at lunch with me that day, has a crockpot version here if you want one to try.

Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake, dulce de leche, fresh strawberries and vanilla buttercream! A delicious combo!

But this time around the canned worked just fine. And paired with strawberries? Well, really I could have just eaten those two things together and been happy.

The buttercream helps hold the layers of cake together and breaks up the richness of the dulce de leche a bit. The combination of all the flavors is totally moan-worthy.

A few notes about the recipe and putting it all together:

When preparing the strawberries, make sure that they are completely dry. They add a good of moisture to the cake and can slide around if they aren’t dry and loosen up the dulce de leche.

Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake, dulce de leche, fresh strawberries and vanilla buttercream! A delicious combo!
Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake, dulce de leche, fresh strawberries and vanilla buttercream! A delicious combo!

Also, with this cake you’ll want to make sure to not skip the step where you put a dam around the edge of the cake layers before adding the dulce de leche and strawberries. The moisture from those two layers will cause the cake to leak moisture and move around without that dam to hold the moisture in place.

Other than that, it should be pretty straightforward! It’s a seriously tasty cake!

Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake, dulce de leche, fresh strawberries and vanilla buttercream! A delicious combo!

Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake

Yield: 9 inch cake


Cake layers
3/4 cups butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 egg whites
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups butter
7-8 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 tbsp milk

For filling
two 13.4 oz cans of dulce de leche
1 lb strawberries, washed, dried and sliced


Cake layers
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare three 9 inch cake pans.
2. Beat butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
3. Add egg whites and beat until smooth.
4. Whisk together dry ingredients in another bowl. Add the vanilla extract to the buttermilk.
5. Add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth.
6. Add half of the buttermilk and mix until well incorporated.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6.
8. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
9. Pour batter into cake pans.
10. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
11. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes, then remove from pans to finish cooling on a cooling rack.

1. Beat the butter until smooth.
2. Slowly add 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
3. Add the vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
4. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
5. Add milk to get a good, spreadable consistency.

To assemble the cake
1. Place the first layer of cake on a cake board or the cake plate it will stay on. Cut off the cake dome with a large serrated knife.
2. Pipe a thin layer of icing around the edge of the cake. It will act as a dam to keep the filling (dulce de leche and strawberries) from leaking out of the sides of the cake.
3. Add 3/4 a cup of dulce de leche and spread evenly.
4. Add a layer of strawberries. Make sure they are dry.
5. Add a thin, even layer of vanilla buttercream. It should fill in the gaps around the strawberries and give the next layer of cake something to stick to.
6. Cut the cake dome off of the second layer of cake and stack it on top of the vanilla buttercream layer.
7. Repeat layers 3, 4 and 5.
8. Cut the cake dome off of the last layer and stack it on top of the cake.
9. Ice the sides of the cake with a crumb coat (a thin layer of icing where you can still see the cake through the icing).
10. Place cake into refrigerator for and hour or so, if necessary, to firm up the icing and dulce de leche and keep it stable for icing.
11. Spread the remaining dulce de leche into an even layer on top of the cake.
12. Ice the sides of the cake with vanilla buttercream, then pipe around the edges to cover where the dulce de leche and buttercream meet at the edge. Store cake in refrigerator, if desired and if cake seems particularly juicy.
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  1. As always, this is a gorgeous cake that sounds amazing!!
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  2. Wa Wa Wee Wah! that’s what i gotta say!
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  3. All I can say is WOW!! I just had to click over here as soon as I saw this in my Bloglovin’ feed. Let me just say I want this cake for breakfast this morning!
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  4. As always, absolutely gorgeous cake! I really love when you use some of my favorite ingredients – strawberries and dulce de leche!
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  5. Ah this cake look perfect, especially with that little pool of dulce de leche on the top!
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  6. How did I miss this!!! Oh this cake! You nailed it and it’s beautiful!!! Oh my gosh, I really wish I had this cake!
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    • says:

      I don’t know, how did you miss it?! I thought we all tried everything? Bummer! Thanks Tanya!

  7. This looks phenomenal! I love dulce de leche and I can definitely imagine how well it would go with strawberries. Such a beautiful cake! Can’t wait to try it!
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  8. Dalila G. says:

    What a deelish looking cake….I can dive right into it!!
    It hits some pretty good ingredients, strawberries, dulce de leche and buttercream frosting, nice, very nice Lindsay! :-)
    You hit on another winner in my house, thanks!

  9. Your Dad says he gets fat just looking at your posts. He also wants to know if he can fit a bite into his mouth. Then he suggested it might be time to visit you and the hubs. I think his sweet tooth is crying out for help!!! Hate I missed the sing along. We love our praise music!!

    • says:

      Haha, I think his problem is the same sweet tooth he gave me 😉 We definitely need a visit – I have got to get all this frozen cake I’ve saved you out of my freezer. It’s taken up almost an entire shelf. And there’s some of this in there. :)

  10. Wow, gotta love a man who sings on his way to church!
    This cake looks incredible. Anything with dulce de leche, but then adding all those gorgeous layers, too!
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  11. Yum! I’m loving the idea of strawberry + caramel!
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  12. Oh my goodness!! One of the most beautiful cakes I’ve ever seen! Wow.
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  13. I’m so happy to have met you at BHF in Miami! I thought you were so cute describing how your website should be called “” instead of “Life, Love & Sugar.” That one adorable comment really stuck with me — it’d be perfect for all of your sweet baking treats! And this cake… SO impressive! I went to the same restaurant for dinner another night, but somehow I missed its namesake on the menu. Bummer!!
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  14. This cake is STUNNING!
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  15. What a sweet story! I’m glad you guys are back in your usual Sunday routine! And this cake looks awesome! I think the pairing of strawberries and dulce de leche sounds divine! Gorgeous pictures as always!
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  16. Is it too early to request that you make my wedding cake? I guess I should get engaged first. Because OMG I just love your cakes.
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  17. This is absolutely perfect and beautiful, and is pretty much everything I love in a cake! Dulce de leche is my favorite, and paired with strawberries, I can only imagine how tasty! Pinned :)
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  18. Oh wow! This cake is the cake of my dreams. It is such a glorious combination of flavors!
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  19. That is one incredible and stunning cake, Lindsay. A perfectly layered cake never gets old :).
    I love your story about Sunday mornings. Attending church together is my favorite thing about weekends. I always make sure to volunteer during one of our other services – church just wouldn’t be the same if my hubby and I couldn’t attend together. So glad you’re enjoying being back to your routine :)
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    • says:

      Thanks Kathi! Yea, I think I’ll miss the volunteering on Sunday, but it’s probably better for now. :)

  20. What a gorgeous cake! Love the strawberry and dulce de leche combo!
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  21. wow this looks SO good.. love anything with dulce de leche. definitely craving a slice right now. love it!
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  22. Such a lovely flavour combination!
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  23. I just made this cake and even though the consistency is great and taste delicious, I only had enough for two 7 inch pans! What did I do wrong? I followed the recipe closely but now I’m making another batch to have enough for 3 layers. Great recipe combination I just love strawberries and dulce de leche (I sometimes top strawberries with a dollop of dulce de leche straight our of the jar) lol

    • says:

      That seems really strange! I’m sorry you weren’t able to get enough batter from it. It’s so hard to say what might have been wrong. I’m glad you’re able to make another layer though. It’s definitely a great flavor combo!

      • I think I figured it out, my ingredients weren’t at room temp so maybe that prevented it from getting to the right volume and quantity of batter. (?) I will definitely try again and this time really leave everything out on the counter a while before I start baking. Thanks for the response!

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