Rabu, 03 Agustus 2011

Dulce de Leche Strawberry Cake


I'm obviously super late to the party, when it comes to Dulce de Leche. Can you believe I had never made it before? Barely tasted it, in fact. And I LOVE caramel. So goodness knows it was about time for me to make it. I guess I was reluctant due to the scares of "be careful or it will explode!" and I wasn't about to make "dulce de bombe" in my kitchen. However, when I got my crock-pot, I quickly learned that that could indeed be used to make a totally safe dulce. So that's what I did!

I removed the label from the can of sweetened condensed milk, and placed it with lots of water in my crock-pot. I put it on "low", and went to bed. Next morning, I fished out the can and let it cool. And when I opened it: luscious, beautiful caramel. Like magic, really.

I made this cake for my dad's birthday party - it was much appriciated.

Dulce de Leche Strawberry Cake
serves 10-12

Basic Cake Layers
4 eggs
375 ml sugar (1 1/2 cup)
400 ml flour (1 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp + 1 tsp)
2,5 tsp baking powder
120 ml boiling water (just under 1/2 cup)

Beat eggs and sugar until very fluffy. Fold together flour and baking powder in a bowl. Add this, along with the water, to the egg mixture. Stir in a little at a time - first flour, then water, more flour and so on until everything is added and folded into a smooth batter.

Butter and flour a 24-cm springform pan. Pour in the batter and bake at 175°C for 35-40 minutes. Leave to cool in the pan. When it's completely cool, turn out the cake and divide it lengthwise into three (or even four) cake layers. (It's easy - use a serrated knife and cut while turning the cake, that way it'll come out really even.)

For the filling
1 tin of Dulce de Leche
2 litres of strawberries
500 ml cream, for whipping

Start by removing the best, evenly-sized strawberries for decoration. You need about 300 grams worth.

Slice the remaining berries, and whip the cream into fairly firm peaks.

On the first layer, spread half of the caramel, and top with berries. Repeat with the second cake layer. Place the third one on top, and spread the entire cake with a thin coating of whipped cream.

Slice the berries that you set aside for decorating, and place them in a pretty pattern. Finish by piping cream all around the cake.

Recept på engelska:
Dulce de Leche Strawberry Cake