Boozy chocolate bundt cake with dulce de leche from scratch

15 Nov

Boozy chocolate bundt cake with dulce de leche

I kept seeing recipes for cakes/cookies/brownies with dulce de leche, a thick caramel sauce that tastes like heaven. Often these recipes would suggest buying the dulce de leche at a deli. Problem was, when I did eventually track down the dulce de leche it was super expensive. Quite honestly, the price was unjustifiable. So I did some research and blamo – I found you could make dulce de leche easily from scratch at home.

All you need to make your own dulce de leche in a slow cooker is a tin of sweetened condensed milk. Simply place the unopened tin in a slow cooker, fill slow cooker with water, ensuring the tin is completely submerged, and cook on low for eight hours. You may need to top the water up a few times. Remove from water with tongs (it will be super hot) and allow to cook for a few hours before opening. Once opened place in sealed container in the fridge.

I knew this easy dulce de leche from scratch would team wonderfully with a chocolate cake so I created this recipe. I used a bundt tin but you could use a ring tin if you prefer.

Cream de cacao is a chocolate flavouered liqueur. It adds a richness and depth that I think adds wonderfully to the cake and dulce de leche. Don’t rush out to buy a bottle if you don’t have any – feel free to swap for rum or whiskey or Baileys.

Warning – you will not be able to stop at one slice of this easy yet delicious cake…

Boozy chocolate cake with dulce de leche


225 grams unsalted butter, diced
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cream de cacao
1 cup water
2 cups self-raising flour
3/4 cups caster sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

Boozy chocolate cake and dulce de leche


In a medium sized saucepan place butter, cocoa powder, cream de cacao and water. Stir together over a low heat until just melted and combined.

Set aside for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile preheat oven to 180C and thoroughly grease a bundt tin with non-stick spray.

In bowl of electric mixer on low speed beat together sugar and flour, then tip in the melted mixture and beat until combined.

Add the eggs, one at a time then beat in the yogurt.

Scrape into the tin and bake foe 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 20 minutes before unmoulding onto a wire rack to cool.

When completely cold cut the cake in half horizontally then spread with the cold dulce de leche.


41 Responses to “Boozy chocolate bundt cake with dulce de leche from scratch”

  1. Lisa @ cheergerm November 15, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    Hoo ha Mrs H! That dulche leche recipe is super tops and I will be giving it a whirl. (I knew there was a reason apart from my basic laziness that I hadn’t put my slow cooker away yet.) This boozy cake would be a super Chrissy showstopper.

    • The Hungry Mum February 3, 2016 at 12:11 am #

      I love my slow cooker and I am the same – it sits on the bench for most of the year coz I can’t be bothered fighting for cupboard space 🙂

  2. Lisa @ cheergerm November 15, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    I meant dulche de leche… He he. x

  3. Gary Lum November 15, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    Oh my, all I want to do now is slowly cook a can of condensed milk. I love the stuff.

    • The Hungry Mum February 3, 2016 at 12:11 am #

      I suggest you make some tonight – you won’t regret it!

      • Gary Lum February 3, 2016 at 2:42 am #

        Sadly I’m in Melbourne and going out to dinner 😃😋

      • The Hungry Mum February 3, 2016 at 5:18 am #

        oh, you lucky thing!

  4. Lisa @ cheergerm November 15, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    Without the h in the dulce!! Argh….

  5. ladyredspecs November 15, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Forget the cake, I’ll just have the caramelized condensed milk.

  6. chocolatesuze November 15, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    mmm how good is dulce de leche! i totally just want to eat it straight from the can!

  7. tanya2austin November 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    Sound great– another way of making dulce de leche is to empty the can into a shallow baking dish and cook it slowly in the oven for a few hours. Less trouble since you don’t have to monitor the water level to prevent explosions!

  8. DanielaApostol November 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    It looks great, it must taste like heaven!

  9. SweetRevelations November 15, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Um yes please!

  10. lulu November 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    You got my attention with dulce de leche!

  11. Anita Kushwaha November 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    You had me at “boozy.” 😉 Ha ha, it looks lovely!

  12. Fourth Generation Farmgirl November 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

    This. Sounds. Amazing. 😊

  13. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 15, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    Yes it is expensive. Did you know that you can also make it in a baking dish? I’m forgetful so that helps me in case I ever let the pot run dry 😛

    • The Hungry Mum November 15, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

      Oooh, I didn’t know that. I love my slow cooker so that’s always my default cooking gadget!

  14. gourmetgetaway November 16, 2015 at 2:29 am #

    What a delicious looking bundt cake! I love that you have added a filling too.
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Gourmet Getaways

    • The Hungry Mum November 16, 2015 at 3:17 am #

      Thanks! It tastes incredible – all the yum 🙂

  15. Stephanie Leduc November 16, 2015 at 3:18 am #

    I never knew you could make Dulce de leche so easily!! Thank you so much for sharing

    • The Hungry Mum November 18, 2015 at 1:03 am #

      I know! Is such a well-kept secret! But let’s get the world making this amazing sauce 🙂

  16. Jasline @ Foodie Baker November 16, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    I’ve read so much about the dulce de leche… hoping to make it from scratch soon so that I can bake this cake!

  17. girl in a food frenzy November 16, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Chocolate cake is already delicious. Add the creme de cacao & dulce de leche, triple yum! I have s friend who is columbian. When he makes his dulche, he does a particularly unusual final step. He stirs a freshly cut spring onion through it, to release some savoury notes & soften the sweetness. True story!!! 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum November 17, 2015 at 9:58 am #

      say whaaaat?! Spring onion?! No way! Am curious to know how that would taste! Glad you’re back in the blogging realm – we missed you!

      • girl in a food frenzy November 17, 2015 at 11:00 am #

        It’s crazy I know!?! Try googling dulce de leche & green onion… 😉

      • The Hungry Mum November 18, 2015 at 1:02 am #

        Might just do that x

  18. ChgoJohn November 16, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    Love the pairing of dulce de leche with chocolate. I would love to … oh, who am I kidding? When I saw “boozy” in the title, I pinned the recipe without going further. The holidays are on the horizon. Boozy cakes will be in demand. Thanks for sharing.

    • The Hungry Mum November 17, 2015 at 12:07 am #

      best.comment.ever 🙂 I do love me a boozy cake – helps me justify the amount I spend on alcohol. Cheers!

  19. spiceinthecity November 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    What a fabulous looking cake! Dulce de leche + booze= Cold weather perfection 😀

    • The Hungry Mum November 18, 2015 at 1:01 am #

      Thanks! It is actually scorching here in Australia but it is too never hot for boozy cake 😉

  20. Sugar et al. November 17, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    These flavours are mind blowing individually and it’s so clever of you to combine them in this fabulous cake. And it’s boozy too…Yay!

    • The Hungry Mum November 18, 2015 at 1:00 am #

      Awww, ta 🙂 I reckon this is one of the best cakes I have ever made – it is taste sensation!

  21. November 21, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Your cake sounds and looks wonderful! Never made dulce de leche but love the flavor in desserts. Chocolate + dulce de leche + booze = 🙂

  22. MyKabulKitchen November 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

    Beautiful bundt cake, and I have never made dulce de leche at home, this looks quite doable 🙂

  23. marymtf November 28, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    Cream de cacao. There’s a blast from the past. I’ll have to buy a bottle.

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