Torta de Arequipe (Dulce de Leche Cake)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ 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
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ cup dulce de leche
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- To make the cake: Preheat oven to 350°F and butter a cake pan.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Heat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale, then add vanilla.
- Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. At low speed, beat in milk and dulce de leche until combined.
- Add flour mixture in 3 batches, mixing until each addition is just incorporated.
- 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.
- Cool 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.
- To 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.
- Pour hot glaze over top of cake, allowing it to run down sides.
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.