Torta de Arequipe (Dulce de Leche Cake)

by Erica Dinho on January 25, 2012

Dulce de Leche Cake

For me nothing beats dulce de leche, or arequipe, in a dessert, not even chocolate :) The truth is, my favorite way to eat dulce de leche is with a spoon directly from the container. Now that makes me happy just thinking about it!


But sometimes I like to create desserts with it and today I want to share a delicious Dulce de Leche Cake that you can bake for Valentine’s Day or any day you feel like celebrating.

Buen provecho!



    For the cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons of dulce de leche

For Dulce de Leche glaze:
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup dulce de leche
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt


  1. To make the cake: Preheat oven to 350°F and butter a cake pan.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. eat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale, then add vanilla.
  4. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. At low speed, beat in milk and dulce de leche until combined.
  5. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, mixing until each addition is just incorporated.
  6. Dulce de Leche Cake battter

  7. Spread batter in cake pan. Bake in center of oven until a wooden toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
  8. Dulce de Leche Cake

  9. ool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then run a knife around edge of pan. Invert onto rack and cool completely, about 45 minutes.
  10. o make the glaze: Place cream, dulce de leche, vanilla and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often and cook for 10 minutes.
  11. Dulce de leche Glaze

  12. Pour hot glaze over top of cake, allowing it to run down sides.
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa January 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Dang, that looks good – and you’re right, would take much willpower not to just eat it!


2 Marus January 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM

¡Qué delicioso debe estar!.
Buen día


3 Kim January 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Wow! I love how the dulce de leche is running down the cake. It looks so delicious.


4 tania January 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

wow i really wanna make this cake!!!! what size is the cake pan?


5 Erica January 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Tania-9-inch round cake pan.


6 grace January 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM

how glorious, erica! dulce de leche is welcome in anything and everything, as far as i’m concerned!


7 Melissa February 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM

OMG this made my mouth water …it also took me back to eating spoon fulls arequipe with a glass of milk or eating mazamorra with arequipe ay que rico!!!!


8 Erica February 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Thank you everyone!


9 Rosa February 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Wow this looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Erica do you know a good website where they sell the dulce de leche, and more products from Colombia? Since where i live i can’t find many things. :(


10 Malice May 31, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Dulce de leche/arequipe, Colombian groceries, and other Latin groceries.


11 Muneeba February 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

It’s my favorite dessert flavor too! I’ll be making this cake soon … my girlfriends will kill me for ruining everyone’s diet, but that’s not gonna stop me!


12 Cynthia February 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Hi Erica, I looooove your site! I am looking forward to doing this cake! Do you recommend using the store bought Arequipe, or the one from your recipe? Will it give the same tasty results? Thank you! :)


13 Erica February 11, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Hi Cynthia, I used store bought arequipe for this cake, but can use homemade arequipe.


14 norma February 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Where is my insulin


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