Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dulce De Leche Pound Cake

Ever since I saw the Dulce De Leche Cake from A Table of 2 or more, I am curious about the taste of Dulce De Leche (I am so suaku (country bumpkin in dialect - Hokkein) that I have no idea whether I have eaten this before or not :P) and the way Wendy described it and also everyone were raving about it from Technicolor Kitchen (the original contributor) making me wanting to bake this cake.

When I was in Taipei, boss of one of the distributor treated us Haagen Dazs Ice Cream after one of the lunch with him. While I was choosing the flavour of ice cream, I saw Dulce De Leche. Without any hesitation, I got this flavour. I fall in love with it immediately after the 1st spoon of ice cream went into my mouth.

When back in Singapore, I kept thinking about Dulce De Leche. I was wondering which simple and straight forward cake that I can bake with it instead of this cake which I am planning to bake during Father's Day. After much using my brain power, I recalled that I had saw the condensed milk pound cake from All That Matters before and she had good comments on it. Since Dulce De Leche is made from condensed milk so I reckon I can replace condensed milk by using Dulce De Leche.

I remember there are a few cans of condensed milk at home so I went ahead to make it by referring how to make dulce de leche from A Table for 2 or more.

I do not wanna just make one can as the simmering process require 3 hours which very gas and time consuming so I put in 4 cans as what the pot can accommodate and also since I had enough stock at home.

I took around 4 hours instead of 3 hours cos I only found out that my FIL had switched off the gas when I went to check the water level :(. Since I was not sure when did he off it so I just extended the simmering for another hr.

I baked the cake the next day since I need to wait for the Dulce De Leche to completely cool down before I can open the can. After put in the batter to the oven, I went to do my other stuff and didn't check on the cake until I heard the "ting" sound from the oven after an hour of baking. The kitchen was full of the aroma of Dulce De Leche, the smell is so wonderful :). I was so happy until saw a bit charred on the top edge and small area of center of the cake :(. I had overbaked the cake, my oven must be too hot that it took less than the time stated in the recipe to bake the cake. Next time I must remember to always monitor the cake when baking.

How to make Dulce De Leche :
There are a few method according to Wendy's researched as follows :

Method (A)
Milk , sugar, baking soda and maybe some flavourings like vanilla or cinnamon.
1. Traditional simmering
2. Slow Cooker

Method (B)

Opened can of condensed milk:
1. Bake in oven
2. Microwaving
3. Double Boiler

Method (C)
Unopened can of condensed milk.
1. Simmering a can of sweetened condensed milk for 2-3 hours.
2. Pressure Cooker : cook a can of unopened sweetened condensed milk for 30-40 minutes.
3. Simmering in slow cooker/crockpot.

For more information, you may refer to here.

I used the same method as Wendy cos I am more comfortable with this method.

1. Put the can of condensed milk in a pot, on an over turned steaming metal rack.
2. Bring it to a boil and lowered it to a simmer and check frequently to ensure the pot didn't dry up and water level is at least 1.5 inches above the can. Pls take extra note on it cos if the pot dry up, the can will be exploded and the gooey brown Dulce De Leche will be all over the place, it will be a nightmare to clean up the place.
3. Simmered the can for 3 hours.
4. Cool the can completely before open it. Do not attempt to open a hot or warm can!!!!

For Dulce De Leche Pound Cake Recipe modified from All That Matters.

Ingredients : (for 7" cake pan)
180g butter
40g sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1.5 tsp vanilla essence
3/4 cup dulce de leche

180g flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
*Sift together

3 eggs

1. Grease the cake pan and preheat oven to 170 deg.C.
2. In a bowl, using an electric whisk, cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add in salt, vanilla essence and dulce de leche, whisk till incorporated.
3. Stop to add flour. I roughly used the whisk to mix and dampen the flour before turning back on (you don't want the flour to fluff up), whisk using low speed. Scrap down the sides and whisk till the batter is smooth and not lumpy.
4. Add in the eggs, 1 at a time, whisk well.
5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake at 170 deg.C for 1 hour.

Due to the overbaking, the cake is a bit dry but still soft and taste good, sweetness is just right for me. The cake is full of the fragrance of Dule De Leche, smell really good. Although the cake is good but I feel that the smell of Dulce De Leche is stronger than it taste so probably I will add more Delce De Leche if I am baking again. This cake is a perfect companion with a cup of hot coffee or hot chocolate.


  1. Wha..really time consuming to steam the condensed milk. Wish that I can have a bite before I start to bake this cake... ;DD

  2. HAhaha.. nice leh.
    The aroma is very different than of condensed milk, right??? Much much better.

    I've thought of using that in condensed milk cake, but I don't have anymore real condensed milk to make DDL now.

    BTW, I looooooooove the look of the crumbs, very fine and pretty. Gosh, can you just send me some of that cake!!!!!!

    What will u be doing with the other 3 cans?

  3. Hi Ann, too bad the cake had finished if not wil send u a slice :). Although is time consuming to make this dulce de leche, I feel is worth it cos the taste is so gd lei.

  4. Jess, the texture of your dulce de leche cake is perfectly perfect (if that makes any sense to you). :-) Simply gorgeous!

  5. Hi Wendy, yes taste diff and so much better, I only like condensed milk when I was little gal ").

    Are your living area near to KL? If yes I can help to carry some to u during my next visit to KL. Or probably can courier to u?

    I hope I can share with u some as well but too bad finished the cake liao :P.

    I stil ve 3.5 can now, I am baking the dulce de leche cake that u ve given such gd review for father's day and thinking of the Dulce De Leche Coconut Macaroons and may b cheesecake :).

  6. Thanks Angie, the cake tasted great even was a bit dry due to overbaking.

  7. Haha! I made that pound cake, too ... like 1 year ago! But never thought of subbing condensed milk with dulce de leche! Superb idea!

    Btw, you can look at mine here:

    Aih, what to do when you're not the only one controlling the kitchen ... I have similar issue, too. That's why I always warn my folks not to touch my stuff. I hate screwing things up when it's actually I'm not the one at fault. Argh! Sorry, I just feel saddened by that. That's why I've come to agree that 一穴不能藏二虎. Too dangerous, may explode anytime. I swear if I ever get married, I won't put myself in such difficult position as to fight over a kitchen with mother-in-law, sisters-in-law and whatnot. =_=""

    Sorry, I'm being long-winded again. Btw, what does "suaku" mean ar? Haha!!

  8. Pei Lin, pop over to see ur condensed milk pound cake, looks so soft & moist, and the color so beautiful.

    That was not the 1st time and wont b the last, sometimes they think they are helping but didn't aware in fact they are not....
    I guess my tolerance level is quite high, sometimes or may b most of the time i am closing not 1 eye but both of my eyes so they better make sure dun make me open both of my eyes hahaha....
    My advise to u also like wat I always give to my frd based on my experience, stay ur own is stil the best!

    No lah, u r not long-winded, me sama sama :P.

    oops, suaku is hokkein for country pumpkin kee kee kee....

  9. My hubby love Dulce De Leche. He can have it everyday. We are lucky that we can get ready made DDL here and it is all the way from Argentina. Great idea to replace the condensed milk with DDL. I have to try that one day and I am sure my husband will be a happy camper :)

  10. like the texture and color of your cake!

  11. thanks for taking so much time to bring us such a great dessert!! I have never made a dulce de leche cake but I have to try it soon!

  12. I had my first Dulce de Leche about 5 years ago when our Mexican business partner brought some of these candy and urged me to try it, saying it is a very popular candy. I tried and didn't like it because I thought it had a goaty smell. Apparently traditional Dulce de Leche candy is made from Goat's milk. I know the Dulce de Leche in a condensed milk can is very popular with bloggers but I have not tried it. Whenever I need Caramel, I just cook it from scratch - takes me only 15mins to do it and I like mine with a pinch of salt :)

  13. Last week, I also made Dulce de Leche. There is still some left in the fridge and it'll be just nice for this Dulce de Leche Pound Cake. Thanks for sharing. :)

  14. I'm also suaku, never try this before. Get to know this from Wendyywy as well :). Maybe one day I should try it, since everybody recommend Dulce de Leche.

  15. Hi ICook4Fun, too bad we can't find ready made DDL in Spore so we ve to make ourself which so time & attention consuming. I had to keep checking the water level cos I afraid wil explode :P. Do try the original recipe cos the feedback for this condensed milk pound cake is gd too :).

  16. Hi Chef Dennis, do try out and let me know your feedback :).

  17. Hi Shirley, if is from goat milk, definately I wil not keen to try it cos I dun like the goaty smell too.

  18. Hi Happy Flour, do try it and let me know your feedback :).

  19. Hi DG, ya me too so suaku. Lucky that I ve a chance to try it in Taipei if not I am not sure whether I wil take the effort to make DDL. If u like milky or caramel kind of taste, u wil like DDL too.

  20. Jess, this makes a very good tea time cake, texture is nice and i can imagine the fragrance while baking this cake.Thanks for sharing!

  21. I'm more suaku, never heard of it before :p your cake is beautiful!

  22. Hi Noobcook, glad to know I am not the only one dunno about DDL :P. thanks for the nice words.

  23. Great mind thinks alike Jess!!! I have also made DDL Cheesecake and it's delicious. It taste better than caramel. It's just very distinct and special. I usually do a few cans too, more worth our bills isn't it, hehe? The cake looks moist, I make just have to make some too for breakfast!!! So much good bakes with DDL and such mall stomach to fit everything, sigh!!!!

  24. Hi Quinn, I saw the DDL cheesecake at your blog, looks so yummy, I am going to make it too hee hee hee... Ya making one can is not justify tats whi I made 4 cans at one all, greedy hor :p. I agree wif u, too many gd bakes but can't stomach all not only cos of stomach capacity and also my waist consious haiz...

  25. This looks like quite a dense cake.

  26. Hi Tigerfish, yes the cake looks dense but is soft, and wil be moist too if I didnt overbake it :(.

  27. Wow! This cake looks so sweet and yummy! I've never had dulche de leche, although it sounds really good- I'll have to try it one day. The process of making dulche de leche sounds really fun too! I love pound cakes too, so this combination of dulche de leche and pound cake sounds really really good- I think I'd love this =]

  28. oohh, didn't know that haagen dazs in Taipei has dulce de leche flavour ice cream, will give it a try soon!

    I made dulce de leche by baking it in the oven before, it's less time consuming actually and so you can give it a try next time.

    Your pound cake looks really moist and dense, I'm sure it's yummy too!

  29. Oh dear, this sounds pretty interesting! But our local condensed milk doesn't turn out the same. Not as thick but still OK-lah! Actually, I still keeping one can in my fridge. Did you keep those balance in the fridge or what? Hope you're having a wonderful day, dear.
    Cheers, Kristy

  30. Hi Von, I also just found out about DDL recently and I love it. Do give it a try :).

  31. Hi Piggy, I wil use oven method next time since I had experienced making DDL liao. For the 1st time, didnt wanna risk my oven :P. Thanks.

  32. Hi Kristy, I read from Wendy's post on Msia condensed milk. I didnt keep in the fridge cos my fridge almost overloaded most of the time by mil. I only keep in the fridge if is opened. Same to u ve a nice wkend :).

  33. Dulce de leche is one of my favorite flavors...this looks fantastic!

  34. Wow, this Dulce De leche cake looks sooo good Jess! I have a can of DDL...think will possiblity try yours out, yummy!

  35. Hi Bee Bee, do bake and hope u wil like it :).

  36. Hi Jess, may I know how long can keep in fridge after cooking?

  37. Hi Peng, for unopen can, I assumed can keep very long, same expiry date as your condensed milk. For opened and store in fridge, I also think can keep for weeks to month like your usual condensed milk. FYI I didnt keep the unopen can in fridge.

  38. This is a good blog. Keep up all the work. I too love blogging and expressing my opinions

  39. Hi Jess, Thank u sharing the DDL recipe...I would want to give it a try and also want to try your Oreo mini cheesecake...It looks YUMMY!!! Once again, thank u for sharing!!!

  40. Hi Jess, Thank u sharing the DDL recipe...I would want to give it a try and also want to try your Oreo mini cheesecake...It looks YUMMY!!! Once again, thank u for sharing!!!

  41. With regards to the time to make the DLL another option would be it premade. If you live somewhere with a large Latin American community you can find it in their supermarkets. Anyway, def. gonna try this one out


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