Mexican Milk Chocolate Cake

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Thanks for all of your nice comments on my last post! It feels good that some of you are on the "eat less sugar" bandwagon with me. I admit it's not going well so far, because I've tested several dessert recipes this week. I did try eat small portions and not over do it.

But that's difficult when you make things like this:
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But it's all about baby steps. I'm slowly trying to ease into these resolutions.

I'm up early today AND I'm watching the news. And I kinda want some waffles. Chicken and waffles. Maybe just waffles. It's too early.

So maybe I'll make some and then get around to some recipe testing. Jersey Shore is also on the agenda today. It's going to be a busy day.

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Mexican Milk Chocolate Cake was a cake I made a while back. I'm trying to remember my inspiration behind this but I'm having trouble. I'm guessing I had to use up some leftover Mexican sour cream and dulce de leche. Yes, that sounds about right.

So the cake is made from your basic cake ingredients, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, the sour cream and milk. After the cake comes out of the oven, holes are poked into the layers and then a mixture of warm dulce de leche, milk and cinnamon is poured on top to make the cake extra moist.

I have bought more dulce de leche in the past few months than I ever have. I'm obesessed with it.

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The frosting is made by beating together butter, confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder and melted milk chocolate. I could eat the frosting by the spoonful it's so good.

I could eat the dulce de leche mixture by the spoonful it's so good. I have some friends who lived in Panama and they said that's how everyone ate dulce de leche there - by the spoonful. Isn't that crazy? It seems like you should eat it with some bread or fruit.

Anyway, I hope you have a good day! What are you up to? Actually, I'm going to catch up on my blog reading and find out.

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Mexican Milk Chocolate Cake

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup Mexican sour cream
1/3 cup milk
4 ounces milk chocolate, melted

Glaze
1/2 cup dulce de leche
2 tablespoons milk
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Frosting
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 ounces milk chocolate, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 (9-inch) cake pans with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat oil, butter and sugar for 1 minute or until creamy. Increase mixer speed to medium high and beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined and fluffy - about 3 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in dry ingredients, alternating with sour cream and milk until just combined. Beat in melted chocolate until combined.

Divide batter into pans. Bake 20-25 minutes or until well risen, cake pulls away from edges of pan, and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out with moist crumbs attached.

Make the glaze by warming dulce de leche, in a medium bowl, in microwave until hot - about 1 minute. Whisk in milk and cinnamon until combined. Poke holes all over cakes and drizzle dulce de leche mixture on top. Freeze cakes in freezer until cold. (This makes them extra moist.)

To make the frosting, in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat butter until creamy. Beat in confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, milk and milk chocolate until creamy and smooth - about 2-3 minutes.

Remove one cake from pan and place on a platter; frost. Top with remaining cake and frost top and sides.

Makes 10 servings


46 comments:

  1. Your cake looks delicious! Caroline B. de tomates cerises et Basilic (Canada)

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  2. I am trying to eat less sugar, but there is no way I am giving it up. Moderation for me! Love this cake!

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  3. How perfect! I'm making a Mexican feast this weekend. I was going to make cupcakes though...do you think it would work okay to poke holes in / glaze the cupcake tops? :)

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  4. I think I would have a hard time not eating sugar with all your amazing desserts around.

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  5. I'm posting about my resolutions at some point, but I'm also along the lines of 'moderation, not elimination' in regards to my diet. Granted, I'm not sure how strong my willpower would be around something like this - the cake looks light as air! Beautiful!

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  6. If I just sniff the computer screen I can stick with my half baked New Year resolution.

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  7. what a beautiful cake! i love the chocolate shavings on top :)

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  8. My, my, now I'm envisioning chicken and waffles for lunch, followed by a heaping helping of this!

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  9. Thanks everyone!

    Sally, that would work! I would watch the baking time though. Check them at 15 minutes to see if they're done.

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  10. Thanks Emily! and thanks for the beautiful inspiration :)

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  11. This reminds me of a local Mexican restaurant that makes a "tres leches" cake that's chocolate. It didn't fit my definition of tres leches cake, but it was awfully good.

    I don't think I can eat less sugar after seeing this. I want a cake with lots of dulce de leche poured over and it and milk chocolate frosting NOW.

    I can sort of understand just spooning plain dulce de leche. It's made of milk, right? So it's like eating pudding.

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  12. Ohh this looks soo tasty! I am putting this on my list of things to make soon soon soon.

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  13. I'm not big with new years resolutions, partly because of things like that cake =)
    Is there a difference between mexican sour cream and regular sour cream?

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  14. I love dulce de leche too, and cinnamon and chocolate together is just heaven to me, only to be topped by cinnamon, chocolate and coffee together. In fact, I've got that combo going on for an Eagle Brand entry if it works out.

    This cakes looks really delicious to me.

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  15. That looks amazing! I've heard of mexican chocolate, it always looks really delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

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  16. Wow. Yup. Want this. Want it really, really badly.

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  17. Helena, I used the kind made by Cacique. It's runnier than regular sour cream.

    Lorie, me too! Except no coffee in mine. :)

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  18. Your cake looks and sounds delicious. I'm obssed to by dulce de leche and sometimes, I eat with yogourt. Can you tell me what is the difference between mexican sour cream and the regular product??? eating less of something is always tough... Because, when we eat lots of something it's because we love it, right???

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  19. This cake sounds too good to pass up. Forget any healthy resolutions for me, I resolve to eat a piece of that cake.

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  20. I just love all your pictures here, the texture of the cake is absolutely up my alley. Love it.

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  21. Any cake that is soaked in ducle de leche HAS to be good :)!

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  22. where did you find mexican sour cream? or can one make it at home?
    you said chicken & waffles, that is like the fruit of the gods you know

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  23. I'm not quite sure what Mexican sour cream is, but I loooove chocolate and cinnamon - I'd have trouble with this around too!

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  24. this cake looks incredible! i'm partial to dark chocolate, but i'd definitely have a slice of this!

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  25. Hi i have always wanted
    To make your recipes but it's just that we don't really find large eggs here (I live in Singapore). So I was wondering if I could substitute them with regular ones? :)

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  26. Hooray, I've found your blog! A while back all of the blogs on my list were deleted. Sad, sad day.

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  27. That seems so yummy! It's interesting that the dulce de luche isn't baked in the cake. I'm really intrigued. (I've also never ate dulce de luche but I'm dying to do so!!)

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  28. omg this looks fabulous!! now i know what imma gonna do while we get 7inches a snow!!!! yum yum yum!!

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  29. Oh that looks soooo good! I love the look of that!

    I am all about moderation. I dont deprive. And i dont set resolutions, i set intentions. The former can be broken, the later, not as easily.

    I would gladly intend to eat sugar and help eat your dessert :)

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  30. Get those waffles you want! :D

    Mmm, love the cake.

    And yeah, I'm on a WAY less sugar eating plan right now.

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  31. oohhhhh! stop, you're killing me with your baked goods!!! that cake looks like an amazing chocolate adventure!!! and i hear it calling to me.....!

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  32. I'll be in big trouble if I make this cake when I don't have a dozen people to share it with. Otherwise my NY resolution will go right out the window. I have a weakness for milk chocolate.

    Happy New Year, Emily. I hope 2011 brings you much happiness.

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  33. I love this! is like a chocolate-tres leches cake? i mean for the idea of pouring sweet liquid in the cake. I don't know ahah but it sounds amazing! and something my brother and cousins will love!

    -Amalia http://buttersweetmelody.wordpress.com

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  34. ooh wow, yes, dulce de leche is ah-mazing :) and mexican sour cream? never heard of that before... love how fluffy and delicious this cake looks!

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  35. My mouth is watering...this is fabulous....love this post...fabulous blog! Keep up the great work in 2011!

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  36. Oooo, yummy! This would be great for my family Christmas next weekend!

    I'm having to make the concerted effort to watch what I eat now that I have a sit down job again. I make sure I drink 3 twenty ounce glasses of water while I sit at my desk and bring healthier snacks.

    But I would totally snack on this cake all day....

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  37. This looks incredible. My birthday is Monday. Would it be wrong if I made my own cake? :)

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  38. honestly, that glaze is the best thing i've come across all year. forget the cake, forget the frosting, gimme the glaze, and lots of it--kudos to you, emily!

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  39. Your pictures are very nice and the cake looks absolutely fantastic. I love anything chocolate....hehe

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  41. I can definitely see how it would be hard to stay away from sugar in your kitchen--you're always whipping up the most delcious-looking desserts! :-)

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  42. I'm not a big milk chocolate fan but I am happily bookmarking your cake. I might even wait for a proper occasion to make it. Or this Sunday, which ever comes first :)

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  43. Oh my gosh this looks amazing. And I'm not really a big chocolate person. Well done!

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