Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake

This Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake is heavenly! It’s made with layers of moist vanilla cake filled with dulce de leche and fresh strawberries then finished with vanilla buttercream! A great summer cake!

slice of Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake on white plate
view of top of Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake with dulce de leche and stawberries on top

Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake

I love the somewhat unique combination of flavors in this cake. You can never go wrong with dulce de leche and when you combine it with the fresh strawberries and vanilla buttercream, it’s refreshing and delicious!

This cake is actually getting a refresh today. I originally posted this recipe several years ago and thought it could use some new photos and tips. But the original inspiration for this cake actually came from one of my favorite restaurants in Miami, Ceviche 105. This cake was on the dessert menu and I fell in love. So naturally I decided to make my own version so I could continue to enjoy it at home.

It’s a relatively simple cake to make, but the soft dulce de leche and strawberries do make it a bit tricky. I definitely recommend checking out my tips prior to putting the cake together.

Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake with white frosting on marble and wood cake stand
slice of Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake with strawberries and dulce de leche in background

How to Make Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake

  1. Make Cake Layers: These cake layers are from my Moist Vanilla Layer Cake and it’s always a hit. Such a great cake. You’re just making those cake layers and letting them cool.
  2. Make the Buttercream: Once the cake layers are cooled, make the vanilla buttercream. You’ll want it to be stiff, at least at first, so that you have a good base for the dams you’ll need for the filling layers.
  3. Build the Cake: To put the cake together, you’ll want to layer sliced strawberries, dulce de leche and vanilla buttercream between each cake layer.
  4. Frost and Decorate: When the cake is built and has chilled for a bit, frost it and decorate it. I recommend adding the strawberry halves to the top shortly before serving so they look fresh.
slice of Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake

Tips for Making This Cake

  • Thick Buttercream: Be sure that your buttercream stays nice and thick, at least at first. I know people often scoff at the amount of powdered sugar I use, but it will give you a stiff buttercream that is needed in this cake. The dulce de leche can have a tendency to try to escape, so you want a solid dam between your cake layers to hold everything in. Once you’ce created the dams, you can add a little cream to thin it out a bit.
  • Level Your Cakes: I’m always a fan of leveling my cakes, even if they seem fairly level. Particularly with a filling like the one in this cake, you want to avoid the chances that things will move around. Removing the slight dome helps to keep things level and in place.
  • Dry Your Strawberries: When preparing the strawberries, make sure that they are completely dry. They add moisture to the filling layers that can make them slip around and contribute to the dulce de leche leaking out.
  • Add Piping: Add the piping on top of the cake prior to adding the dulce de leche so that the piping keeps everything in place.
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slice of Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake with strawberries and dulce de leche in background
Recipe

Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
  • Yield: 1214 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Latin American

Description

This Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake is heavenly! It’s made with layers of moist vanilla cake filled with dulce de leche and fresh strawberries and finished with vanilla buttercream!


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Ingredients

Cake Layers

  • 2 1/2 cups (325g) all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (168g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (310g) sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (300ml) milk

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 2 cups (448g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 cups (920g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 45 tbsp cream
  • Pinch of salt

Filling

  • Two 13.4 oz cans of dulce de leche
  • 1 lb strawberries, washed and dried

Instructions

Cake Layers:

  1. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the butter, sugar, oil and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and beat together until light in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until mostly combined after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until mostly combined.
  6. Slowly add the milk and mix until well combined. The batter will look curdled, but that’s ok.
  7. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Do not over mix the batter.
  8. Divide the batter evenly between the cakes pans and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
  9. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for about 2-3 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.

Vanilla Buttercream:

  1. To make the buttercream frosting, beat the butter until smooth.
  2. Slowly add half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, half of the cream and salt and mix until smooth.
  4. Slowly add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add additional cream, as needed, to get the right consistency of frosting.

To Assemble The Cake:

  1. To put the cake together, use a large serrated knife to remove the domes from the top of the cakes so that they’re flat. These cakes don’t have a large dome, but I like to make sure they’re completely flat.
  2. Pipe a dam of frosting around the edge of the cake. It will keep the filling from leaking out of the sides of the cake, so don’t skip this step and be sure the frosting is thick.
  3. Add5-6 tablespoons of dulce de leche and spread evenly.
  4. Add a layer of sliced strawberries. Pat them dry before layering so that they don’t add extra moisture to the cake.
  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. Add the second layer of cake on top of the filling.
  7. Repeat layers 3, 4 and 5.
  8. Add the final layer of cake to the top.
  9. Add a crumb coat to the cake, then refrigerate for about an hour to firm up the frosting and filling.
  10. Frost the outside of the cake with the remaining buttercream. Refer to my tutorial for frosting a smooth cake, if needed.
  11. Pipe shells around the top edge of the cake, then spread another 5-6 tablespoons of dulce de leche into an even layer on top of the cake, inside the shells. Place some strawberry halves around the piping.
  12. Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.

Keywords: dulce de leche cake, strawberry cake recipe, homemade strawberry cake, strawberry cake from scratch, strawberry cake filling, spanish dessert recipe, spanish dessert, strawberry dessert, strawberry dessert recipe, how to make strawberry cake

More Great Strawberry Recipes

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Homemade Strawberry Cake
Strawberry Upside Down Cake
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes


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53 Comments
  1. Susie Hope

    I love this recipe! I made homemade dulce de leche by boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk, it was incredible. My grandpa thouroghly enjoyed this cake for his birthday!

  2. Brianna

    Also do you melt the dulce de leche a bit to spread it? Especially with the smooth layer you have on top?
    Because I always have a hard time getting it to spread. 

    Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      If it’s not spreading well for you, you could heat it up a little bit. You won’t want to hard the whipped cream on top though until it has cooled down.

  3. Brianna

    Hi!

    Can’t wait to make this tomorrow for an Argentinian friend who loves dulce de leche, but I was wondering if it would be okay to substitute the buttercream with a heavy whipping cream frosting? I know it’s not as stable so I wasn’t sure if it would hold in the dulce de leche and strawberries? 

    Thank you!

  4. Judy Hagerty

    I’m new to your blog and look forward to it everyday. I’m an adventurous baker so I’m always looking for something new to try. I was directed to you by “Brown-eyed Baker” (another awesome blogger). Anyway, I was looking to see what you had in your recipe collection that had dulce de leche for a special request from my beautiful assistant at work who is from El Salvador. Her birthday is this month and I wanted to make her something super special. I think this recipe is it…looks beautiful and delish. I was also very excited to see that you and your “hubs” attend church together and was super excited to see that it was Northpoint. I record Andy Stanley’s messages on “Your Move” every Sunday morning. You are truly blessed to be able to be a part of his congregation. My hat off to you for sharing your church experience with others!

  5. Alejandra

    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

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      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!

      1. Alejandra

        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!

      2. Sonya

        I also didn’t get enough batter out of this recipe. I barely had enough to cover the bottom of 3 – 8 inch pans. My buttermilk, egg whites and butter were all at room temperature. I converted the measurements for the dry ingredients to grams and weighed them out. Maybe I made an error somewhere? 

  6. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    wow this looks SO good.. love anything with dulce de leche. definitely craving a slice right now. love it!

  7. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    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 🙂

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

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

  8. Rachel @ Bakerita

    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 🙂

  9. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    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.

  10. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    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!

  11. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking

    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 “sugar.com” 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!!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Thanks Amy! Great to meet you too! I remember saying that now, how funny. 🙂 I’m sad you missed this cake – it was awesome!

      1. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking

        Yes, your cute quip really stuck in my mind. I think a lot of us baking bloggers would be happy to have the name “sugar.com!” 😉 And I think we ordered 4-5 of their other desserts, so… I suppose we didn’t entirely miss out!

  12. Mir

    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!

  13. Mom

    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!!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      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. 🙂

  14. Dalila G.

    FA-BUUUU-LOUS!!!
    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!
    Pinned!

  15. Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust}

    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!

  16. Tanya Schroeder

    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!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

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

  17. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

    Ah this cake look perfect, especially with that little pool of dulce de leche on the top!

  18. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    As always, absolutely gorgeous cake! I really love when you use some of my favorite ingredients – strawberries and dulce de leche!

  19. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking

    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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