Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake

WOW! This Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake is a stunner! We made this for my mother-in-law's birthday and had RAVE REVIEWS!!

This Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake is filled with a thick caramel and fluffy frosting, then topped with toffee bits and extra dulce de leche!

WOW! This Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake is a stunner! We made this for my mother-in-law's birthday and had RAVE REVIEWS!!
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When you need a show-stopping dessert, this chocolate cake is sure to drop jaws and have people begging for the recipe!

BONUS – it’s actually a super simple cake to put together!

Remember back when I shared this Instant Pot Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting recipes with you? I was slowly getting you ready for this cake. So here it is, in all it’s delicious glory!

This decadent Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake is filled with caramel and topped with toffee bits!

My sister-in-law originally made this gorgeous cake for my mother-in-law’s birthday, and everyone devoured it. I knew I had to share it with you guys, so I had her create it again just for you guys!

Easy Chocolate Cake Mix Hacks

Did you know you can turn a basic cake mix into a bakery style cake with these simple hacks:

  • Add pudding mix to make it a little more dense.
  • Mix in sour cream to make it extra moist.
  • Use milk instead of water.
  • Add one extra egg to the mix for an extra rich cake.

This Chocolate Cake Recipe is so simple and easy, but a definite show stopper!

You’ll be shocked at just how much of a difference those little hacks will make to your chocolate cake.

One of my other big tips when baking a cake, is to use bake even strips. This will result in flat topped cakes so you don’t have to do any trimming of your cake to get those even layers. It’s a game changer.

The filling on this chocolate caramel cake is so delicious!

How to fill a layer cake:

The filling on this chocolate cake is actually two things – a layer of dulce de leche and a layer of dulce de leche frosting.

You’ll frost one of the chocolate cake layers with the cream cheese frosting and another layer with the dulce de leche, then sandwich them together and frost the outside with the chocolate cream cheese frosting.

This Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake is made with a doctored up chocolate cake mix and a super easy chocolate cream cheese frosting!

Feel free to decorate the outside of your cake in any fashion that you see fit, but I definitely recommend the extra drizzle of dulce de leche and toffee bits on top.

The combination of the two cream cheese frostings is what really sets this cake apart. I mean, I could eat the frostings on their own, but holy cow, when combined with the cake and extra dulce de leche… have mercy.

This Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake is made with a doctored up chocolate cake mix and a super easy chocolate cream cheese frosting!

This Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake is made with a doctored up chocolate cake mix and a super easy chocolate cream cheese frosting!

I sincerely hope you find a reason to make this chocolate cake very soon!

I just know you’re going to love it.

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Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake

This Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake is filled with a thick caramel and fluffy frosting, then topped with toffee bits and extra dulce de leche!

  • Author: Shawn Syphus | I Wash You Dry
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Cake:

  • 1(15.25oz) Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 (3.9 oz) box instant chocolate pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream (may substitute greek yogurt)
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 recipe Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

For the Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cold
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup thick dulce de leche caramel

For the Toppings and Filling:

Instructions

For the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease two 9 inch round cake pans, and sprinkle each pan with 1 Tb of flour
  2. Mix Cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, milk, sour cream, oil, and vanilla together for ONE minute. Do not over beat as it will result in lumpy cake.
  3. Divide evenly into the two 8 or 9 inch round pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely and refrigerate before frosting, at least 2 hours or overnight.

For the Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy then add in the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar in ½ cup intervals, mixing between each addition, then beat in 1/2 cup of the dulce de leche until fully combined.

Assemble the Cake:

  1. Once cakes are chilled, frost the top of one cake with a layer of dulce de leche frosting. Spread the other cake top with 1/2 cup of dulce de leche caramel and layer the cakes together so that the caramel and frosting are together between the cakes (like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.)
  2. Frost the outside and top of entire layered cake with chocolate frosting. Decorate with dulce de leche frosting as you see fit. Drizzle top of cake with dulce de leche caramel and sprinkle with heath bar toffee bits. Enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8 to 10

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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