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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Yield: 12-14 Slices
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 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
- two 13.4 oz cans of dulce de leche
- 1 lb strawberries, washed, dried and sliced
TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:
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Fried Dulce De Leche Cookie Dough from Simply Gloria
Dulce De Leche Brownies from Mom on Timeout
Dulce De Leche Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Crunchy Creamy Sweet