Recipe Rifle's Chocolate Cake But With Added Dulce de Leche Icing.... Mmmmmmm......

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

My stepdaughter's 8th birthday loomed for me at the beginning of December and I must admit that I was in a bit of a quandry as to what sort of cake to make for her. I know she wanted something quite grown-up-ish (Disney Princess has now made way for Lady Gaga and Prince Charming has been ditched for Justin Bieber). 

So I got out my cookbooks and asked her what sort of cake she would like. The response came, in about a nanosecond. Chocolate. So I made her this gorgeously moist, rich and bouncy chocolate cake from the Recipe Rifle blog. To sandwich it all together I knew that chocolate icing would be too sickly and vanilla would be too boring so I made up a dulce de leche buttercream icing. It was fantastic. Check out Recipe Rifle's instructions for the cake here, but I'll give you the dulce de leche buttercream icing recipe below. I didn't go mad with the dulce de leche in the icing, because the cake is very rich already and I just wanted a slight caramel-taste going on with it. But, depending on the flavour of your cake you might want to add more dulce de leche than I did. Have a taste once it's all combined and see for yourself. You can always add more if you want.

Recipe for Dulce de Leche Buttercream Icing

100g unsalted butter, softened
225g icing sugar, sifted to remove lumps
3-4 teaspoons dulce de leche caramel (I used Carnation's tinned version)

Beat all the ingredients together until smooth. Taste to make sure the flavour is right for your cake. If the icing is too stiff to pipe or spread easily, trickle in about half a teaspoon of boiling water and mix again. Pipe or spread onto your cake or cupcakes.


  1. What a great idea! The cake looks beautiful!

  2. I might just make the frosting to eat with a spoon! Naughty I know. Yum! xx

    Mel xx

  3. ooo errr, that looks divine esp the dulce de leche icing - yum and double yum.

  4. What a fab cake. Like the way you have decorated it. I made caramel buttercream icing a while back for the 1st time and it was one of the best, so I can imagine yours would be good.

  5. Oh how I adore dulce de leche! Afetr a trip round Argentina it's impossible not to have it every day in one form or another. I make it now in the oven ... and with my next batch I will try this cake. It looks beyond delicious!

  6. Looks like your version turned out even better than Recipe Rifle's! Well done you!

  7. Hi, thanks for posting the dulche de leche buttercream recipe. I've just made banoffee cupcakes using it. I was worried about consistency fpr icing and yours was perfect - Thanks! if you want to see the results.

  8. Great to hear that you enjoyed it - fantastic!


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