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Easy Chocolate Cake
Learn how to make a deliciously moist chocolate cake with dulce de leche filling from scratch. It is an easy recipe to follow, and I've included step-by-step instructions along with my own photos and as well as a video to help guide you.
For the filling, I show you how to make your own homemade caramelized condensed milk. You can buy this ready-made in tins in the stores and shops; it is usually called "caramel treat." But it is very easy to make yourself, and it will taste a lot better.
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 135 grams soft butter
- 250 grams caster sugar
- 1 drop vanilla extract
- 75 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
- 75 grams all-purpose plain flour
- 3 large eggs
Step 1: Prepare the Condensed Milk
- Take the can of condensed milk and remove the label.
- Fill a large pot with water and place on the cooker or stovetop.
- Place the can of condensed milk into the pan and bring the water to the boil. Then turn down the heat and simmer for 3 hours. Check periodically to make sure that the water is at least 1 inch above the can at all times.
- After 3 hours, remove the can from the pot and place it in cold water. Allow to cool down.
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Dulce De Leche Tip
So long as the can remains unopened it will retain the same shelf-life as the original condensed milk meaning this can be made months in advance.
Step 2: Make the Cake Batter
- Preheat the oven to 160C/320F (fan) or 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.
- Grease two 7 inch/18 cm cake tins.
- Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time and mix in well.
- Sieve the cocoa powder into the bowl.
- Sieve the flour into the bowl and mix in well with a spoon.
Step 3: Bake the Cake
- Divide the mixture and spread evenly between the two cake tins.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Turn them out onto a wire cooling tray immediately and allow to cool completely.
Step 4: Prepare the Dulche de Leche and Assemble the Cake
- Empty the cooked dulche de leche from the can to a microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave for 10 seconds, remove from the microwave and stir it well.
- Put it back into the microwave for another 10 seconds.
- Take out and continue to stir again. Do this until no lumps remain.
- Spread most of it over one of the cakes with a knife.
- Place the other part of the cake on top of this.
- Add the remaining caramelized condensed milk to the top.
- Place in the fridge for the dulce de leche to set.
- Can be served with cream, ice cream or on its own.