Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dulce De Leche Mousse Cake

I was so busy this week that I didn't manage to post this up earlier. Well I admit I was lazy too, I have no issue of writting the post but the transferring, selecting, editing and uploading of photos caused the delayed.

When I made the Dulce de Leche, I had set my mind to make this cake for Father's Day. I baked the sponge cake on Friday night and assembled the cake on Saturday night.

I was quite afraid initially cos I have no confidence on baking sponge cake since my folding of batter still sucks. I even considered to use my all-time favourite chocolate sponge cake recipe instead so that I can ensure the success. However, I dropped the idea at the end and went ahead with the cinnamon sponge cake. I told myself I have to overcome my phobia and try other recipe, practise more until I have no problem with sponge cake.

I was very careful when folding the batter, I followed both the method from Wendy and Technicolor Kitchen. I was not sure whether did I overmix the batter, I was not sure whether did I take longer time to fold, I was not sure whether did I deflate the batter when seeing bubbles bursting while folding.... there were so many uncertain while folding the batter. When I sent the cake batter in to the oven, I was worried, I kept praying that the cake will raise when baking. I was so happy when seeing the cake raised double the height in the oven, I can only relief during that moment :P.

Everything went smoothly when baking the sponge cake but not when preparing the Dulce de Leche cream the next day, I guess is true that is not a good time to make a cake when not feeling well. I was actually having headache since afternoon but I still have to finish the part II of cake making. I started making the DDL cream at 11pm+ after I came back from my mum's place for the weekly visit.

I am not sure what and where went wrong, I was not able to beat the cream till stiff. I followed the instruction of adding the gelatin to the cream after the soft peak. However, after about 10 mins (or longer? I am not sure since I didn't monitor the time, just felt the beating seem very long) of beating the cream didn't reach stiff stage but turned a bit watery instead. I beat for another few mins but the cream became more watery that I was so afraid the same incident will occur, the cream will be curdled like my previous experience so I stopped the beating.

I kept thinking what should I do, at the end I decided to make it a mousse cake instead. Thus I placed 1 slice of the sponge cake which I had sliced into 3 earlier into the cake pan. I divided the cream into 3 portion and pour 1 portion onto the cake pan and sent in to the fridge to let it set. While waiting for it to set, I suddenly worried that the gelatin is not sufficient for mousse to set since is only 2/3 tsp so I boiled another 1 tsp gelatin powder and added into the remaining cream.

When I brought out the cake pan from the fridge after 1/2 hr, placed in 2nd slice of sponge cake and pour in the 2nd portion of cream, I realised that the cake pan is not able to accomodate for 3 portion of cream :( so I just went ahead to freeze the 2 layer cake. Stupid me forgot about my earlier worried of the cake not able to set due to insufficient gelatin until the next day when I wanna deco the cake. The top layer of mousse was set nicely but the bottom layer was so soft and started to melt even just out from freezer for awhile. I nearly wanna scream out why I am so suay (unlucky in dialect)!

What should I do? I have 2 choices, one was to discard this failed cake and re-bake another one which I have no engery to do that. 2nd choice was to out source, purchase from the store which I am not so willing. Hey, everyone know I am making the cake and at the end, the cake become store-bought, no face right? :p. I decided to try to salvage the situation by removing the bottom layer away and just use the top layer of the cake. I managed to get it done although was not easy and it yield a short and uneven cake :(. I cracked my brain to think of how to cover the flaw of the cake and I was lucky enough that I have sponge fingers to cover the side of the cake, I dusted the top with cocoa powder and deco with some blueberries.

This is not a perfect cake but at least I had tried my best, dear husband appreciated a lot :).

Recipe from Technicolor Kitchen through A Table for Two or more with some modification.

Ingredients :
Cinnamon Sponge Cake :
(6" cake & 5 cupcakes)
5 eggs
135g brown sugar
142 g cake flour
38g butter, melted
3/4 tsp vanilla
1/3 tsp cinnamon powder

Method :
1. Preheat oven at 180C and line the bottom of the cake pan with baking paper.
2. In a large heatproof bowl, beat the eggs lightly.
3. Gradually whisk in the brown sugar.
4. Set over a pot of barely simmering water and whisk constantly until the brown sugar dissolves and the mixture warms to body temperature.
5. Remove from the heat and, with an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until the mixture holds slowly dissolving ribbons when the beaters are lifted.
6. Put the flour and cinnamon in a sifter and sift about 1/3 over the top of the eggs. Gently fold in with a large metal spoon. Repeat 2 more times with the remaining flour, folding only until mixed, with no trace of flour.
7. Mix vanilla with butter. Take a few table spoons of batter and put into the butter mixture. Stir to combine, no need to be gentle.
8. Pour the butter batter to the flour batter and fold with a rubber spatula, taking care not to deflate the batter or to leave pockets of butter not folded in.
9. Pour into prepared pan and once the pan goes into the oven, close the door and adjust temperature to 160C. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until done.
7. Remove the cake from oven and let it cool completely in the pan. Run a blunt knife around the edge of the cake to release it from the pan. Turn out onto a wire rack and carefully peel off the paper.

* I will reduce to 4 eggs recipe if is for 6" cake pan cos 5 eggs recipe yield a tall 6" cake and 5 cupcakes.

Dulce De Leche Mousse :350ml whipping cream, cold
200g dulce de leche, cold (I increased the DDL cos to use up the balance from my previous baked)
1 2/3 tsp gelatin
2 tbsp water

1. Double boil gelatin and water until melted. Or u can use microwave. Leave to cool.
2. Put dulce de leche into mixing bowl and put in a bit of cream. On low speed, mix to combine, adding more gradually. When all the whipping cream has been added in, turn to high speed and beat until soft peaks.

* for 6" cake, 2/3 of the ingredient is more than enough.
* 200g DDL is too much unless you have very sweet tooth, I think 140g - 150g should be good enough.

The cake is rich and creamy with strong taste of DDL, very yummy although too sweet for me, must be due to the increased of DLL :p. The cake tasted like ice cream since I freezed it, of course it can't beat Haagen Daz DDL ice cream but is already good enough for my family. Everyone gave compliments on the cake and Dear husband said it tasted like cheesecake, my sister and dear daughter loves the cake. Definately a keeper.


  1. What a gorgeous mousse cake! Love the dulce de leche in the mousse!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. thanks Angie and ve a nice wkend to you too!

  3. Beautiful mousse cake and your sponge cake looks soft.

  4. Woe, this look so beautiful, for me, it look more like a lovely Tiramisu. Your hubby must be very happy to have this cake specially from you. Have a great weekend ahead.

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  7. thanks DG, the sponge cake did not harden even freezed :).

  8. Thanks Sonia, now u talked about it made me realised the color and deco look like tirimisu :).

  9. Jess,

    I didn't see the part of instruction in your post to freeze the bowl and beaters before proceeding with the cream. Did you do that? A cold bowl is a must when working with dairy cream. When the bowl is cold, the cream whips up faster and remember that all the beating action will warm up the cream too. I didn't take longer than 5 minutes to do this cream.

    If you are worried about doing this dairy cream, next time, let your mixing bowl sit in a basin of ice water so that the temperature can be maintained low at all times, even when you're done beating and is decorating the cake, keep the cream in the ice water bath.

    My cream was not runny at all, and nicely spreadable like buttercream, even firmer than plain whipped dairy cream. But bear in mind that dairy will not be as firm as non dairy, if that's the benchmark of firmness that you're comparing with. Whipped stiff dairy cream will be able to hold its form, but with droopy peaks.

    I suspect your cream was not cold enough, which was why it took so long to whip and it was so runny in the end. Gelatine mixture when comes into contact with the cold cream will make the cream even stiffer.

    I hope you'll not let this deter you and please try again. I know you'll do better next time.

  10. Hi Wendy, I thot I accidentally deleted ur comments cos I can't find them after replying DG & Sonia :p.

    No, I didnt freeze the bowl and beaters cos no space in my fridge but I used ice water bath while beating which I used b4 and no issue occur.

    ok now I understand the stiff peak for dairy cream will not be as firm as non dairy, no wonder I got failure most of the time when beating to stiff peak for dairy cream :(.

    I wil try again next time to get it right. Thanks so much for the sharing and tips :).

  11. Jess,
    Another thing,
    Why I added gelatine and Technicolour didn't.
    The reason was to use the gelatine to stablize the dairy cream, just that!!
    So that it won't bleed.
    If in colder countries the cream will hold up better but not here. Adding some gelatine to the whipped dairy cream will let the cream hold up slightly longer in room temp, and definately in the fridge. I think you have overworked the cream, which was why it didn't "set" at all.

    But then hoh, hmm... to me the texture of the whipped DDL cream was like whipped non dairy, that's the texture I get, much firmer than whipped plain dairy.

    I don't have anymore condensed milk, if not I'll definately making the DDL cream again.. for cream puffs :)

  12. Hi Wendy, ya this is wat I think so that I ve overbeat the cream. I will try it again next time and hope wil get it right.

    Let me know if I can courier or handcarry some condensed milk to u during my next KL visit :).

  13. well if you hadn't told us it wasn't they way you wanted it, we would have never is truly a gorgeous cake!! The worst part about making a dessert this way is when everyone loves it and wants it again!

  14. Jess,
    You sure you can get them for me???? Courier will be too expensive as it is very heavy. But I don't stay in KL, but 300km away, but I do go to KL quite often. When will be your next trip?
    I might be going in July.

  15. Yes Wendy, I can get them for u :). Let me check when I will be flying down to KL then I email u ok.

  16. It really looks spongy and I like the sponge fingers surrounding the cake too :)

  17. at first I thought this was tiramisu cake because of the sponge fingers. It looks really beautiful and tempting :)

  18. Ya I noticed it when Sonia mentioned that :P. Thanks for the nice words.

  19. Jess,same as Sonia I also tot that this is a tiramisu at first glance. Ur cake definitely looks good and I really admire ur spirit.

  20. Hi Angel, hee hee hee the sponge finger actually kept stock for tirimisu but since I need to cover the flaw for this cake so no choice :p. Thanks for the encouragement.

  21. thanks Cocina and welcome to my blog :).

  22. Jess, I'm sorry to learn about your mishaps ... Well, I've had mine this weekend ... Haha! Oh, do take plenty of rest to have yourself recovered full from the headache ... I know how it feels, coupled with the irritating heat. On my side, what's worse, I'm now stuck with a runny nose. *Sob* It ain't cold, I think it's sinus. Actually, I do think we shouldn't overwork ourselves when we're certain that we're worn out, that our immune system has been weakened. Well, I can empathize with you as I've been thru that myself. What to do! We still have to proceed with what's planned. *Sigh*

    Erm ... Did you churn some butter out of the cream by accident? The whole deal curdled, right?

    Hey, looking at the bright side, at least your DD still cherished your hard work and devoured the cake! 有誰不會被用愛心泡製出來的美食而深受感動呢?妳的老公當然覺得老婆大人的蛋糕超美味可口咯!Too bad, I don't get to try your bakes ... Haha!

    Btw, thanks for another "dialect lesson!" "Suay" = 衰? Hokkien ar? As in like what we Canto always say, "我行衰運啦 ..." Right? I think it means the same in all dialects lar ...

  23. wiw I like the look of this cake you bake and assemble, so beautifully done. a dulce de leche is my favourite too! :) he must be amazed!

  24. Hi Pei Lin, I think I must get use to it cos on and off when I bake for some special occasions seem there wil definatelt be some mishaps urgh.... luckily for this time round stil able to churn out something nice :P.

    I am down with running nose, cause by my sensitive nose, sneeze non stop at office tat my colleagues asked me to go back home :p. Weather isnt gd recently so my sinus come n haunt me, every night n morning block nose cum sneezing really kills manz...

    Ya I am trying not to overwork myself, thus I have stopped baking since then but my hands are itchy lei....

    Yes smart gal, Suay = 衰 in Hokkien :).

  25. Jess, your cake looks rich and i'm sure it tastes heavely! Your sponge is soft and fluffy too.

  26. Jess, no worries! Make another one since you still have DDL stock. I'm sure you will get it right this round. ^_^ Have a great day!
    Cheers, Kristy

  27. Hi Kristy, I wil definately try again, thanks for the encouragement :).

  28. Hi Jess,
    I remembered I had so many mishap when I first started making sponge cakes...either deflated or never rise at all! From the looks of your cake, it is still lovely. And as the saying goes, the taste is most important...and since your family loved it...nothing matters. ;) Keep it up...don't give up yah?

  29. Thanks Bee Bee, I will definately practise more to improve my folding skill, hope can get success for all baking :).

  30. This cake looks real good. What flaws? Great job.

  31. Thanks Edith, I feel so motivated :)!

  32. What a pretty cake! If I try it, I will use your chocolate sponge cake as the base.

  33. This looks good! I haven't got a chance to make anything dulce-de-leche yet. I think the dulce-de-leche will be over by the time I make it hahaha!

  34. May i know what's actually DDL? Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe. :-)


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