Hats off to the graduate with this amazing Strawberry Dulce de Leche Cake! Whether you are celebrating a graduation from high school, college, or receiving any type of diploma, it is time to celebrate!
This year we are celebrating my son’s 8th grade graduation, and while it may not be as important as a high school or college diploma, it is still something to celebrate and acknowledge! Transitioning to new schools, making new friends, and keeping up the demands of homework, calls for a great family BBQ and a glorious cake.
What better way to celebrate than with a three layer moist yellow cake, silky smooth Dulce de Leche, and fresh strawberry layers that’s all coated with a rich buttercream swirled with more Dulce de Leche? A decadent homemade cake like this proves that you are proud and that you took the time to show it. Dulce de Leche is extremely easy to make with the aid of a slow cooker. Simply put the unopened cans into the slow cooker and cover with water. Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for about 8 hours. Once done, open the cans and you will find the thick, creamy, and irresistible caramel ready to eat.
While the cake itself calls for quite a few ingredients, don’t be intimidated as it is quite easy to make and the batter will come together in less than 10 minutes. The cake layers are perfectly moist and almost melt into the Dulce de Leche layers. The added strawberry slices simply add a bit of fruit flavor to the cake that pairs perfectly with the caramel and yellow cake.
So, whether you are celebrating a well-earned diploma or just want to kick off summer, this Strawberry Dulce de Leche Cake is the dessert to do it with! Enjoy!
- For the Vanilla Cake:
- 4 cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 1½ cups buttermilk, room temperature
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1½ cups sugar
- ½ cup lightly packed light brown sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 4 large egg yolks
- Milk Soak:
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 5-6 cups powdered sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
- 2 cups Dulce de Leche, plus more for the drizzle
- 2 cups fresh strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Make sure all of your ingredients are room temperature.
- Spray three 9 inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a separate bowl, combine cake flour, salt, baking powder and soda, and mix.
- In your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend butter, sugars, oil, and vanilla at medium speed until pale and fluffy.
- Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition.
- Reduce speed to low and add a cup of the flour mixture followed by ⅓ of the buttermilk.
- Repeat this 3 times, until you have incorporated all the flour and buttermilk.
- Divide the batter between 3 cake pans.
- Bake cakes for 35 minutes or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- For the Milk Soak:
- When cakes are cooled, lightly brush with milk/vanilla soak.
- To make the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
- Beat butter and extract for 2 minutes.
- Add powdered sugar and milk or cream.
- Beat with whisk attachment for 3 minutes on high.
- If the frosting still looks too wet, add more powdered sugar in ½ cup increments.
- To assemble the cakes, spread 1 cup of Dulce de Leche on the first layer.
- Spread with sliced strawberries and repeat with next layer.
- Once done with fillings, frost cake with buttercream.
- Drizzle with Dulce de Leche, then blend slightly using the back of a spoon in figure eight motions.
- Top with remaining strawberries and sprinkle with white chocolate curls (if desired).
We hope you love this Strawberry Dulce de Leche Cake from SoFabFood Contributor, Jackie from The Seaside Baker, as much as we do. If you like this recipe, be sure to stop by our desserts section for even more like it. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter so that you never miss a single recipe, and be sure to like us on Facebook and find us on Pinterest for even more fabulous dessert inspiration. Enjoy!