Saturday, October 22

Dulce de Leche Brownie Cake




Growing up younger siblings are the absolute worst. I was the oldest of three kids, my brother is 1 year and 8 months younger than me and my sister is 6 years and 3 months younger. My brother was the typical red headed middle child, and the only boy in the family. He pretty much met every stereotype for those types of children. Temper, hyper, always catching frogs, and constantly teasing and beating up his sisters. My sister, being so much younger was the apple of my parents eye, I was by nature slightly jealous. So as a girl, they both absolutely bugged the crap out of me. I was also the stereotype of the older "mature" sister, who bossed them around, babysat, and could not believe how annoying and lame they both were. I was far too cool for both of them.


Fast forward a couple decades, and my sister, now almost 26, is my best friend. Not to sound all cheesy, but it's true. She spends her days off playing with my kids, and helping me in the kitchen as I bake for this silly food blog. On occasion, I even make her hand  model for me so I don't have to shoot photos of myself.


Yesterday, she came over like she does almost every Friday, after prop shopping at my favorite thrift store, and grabbing a bite to eat at the local gyro place, we went back to my house to just hang out and take photos of my cat! Sounds like the most boring day ever, but it's probably the most entertaining part of my week.



I even put her to work modeling for me in these cake photos! She was such a sport to, I've been experimenting with shadows and darker gloomier photos (I figure it's appropriate with Halloween around the corner!) She held her hands still as I made her slow as a snail slice the cake and pretend to eat it.




While I am not 100% happy with the photos I got, I am learning how to play with my light and shadows. So  would love feed back from some of my photog friends. Let me know what you think!




Dulce de Leche Brownie Cake

This cake is absolutely sinful, layers of fudgy brownies that are filled with caramel candies, brown butter blondies loaded with milk chocolate pieces, layered with TONS of dulce de leche, topped with chocolate ganache and even more dulce de leche.  


Ingredients:

For the brownie layer:


4 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour, sifted
 3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup chopped soft caramel candies


For the blondie layer:

1 cup unsalted butter, browned
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbs vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 cup milk chocolate chips


Filling:

3 cups dulce de leche (store bought is fine)


Topping:

1 cup milk chocolate chips

3 tbs heavy cream

1/2 cup dulce de leche 


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Spray 4 8-9 inch round cake pans with non stick cooking spray.

To start the brownie layer, mix melted butter, brown sugar,granulated sugar until blended.

Mix in 1 egg at a time, until combined.

Mix in salt and vanilla extract.

Fold in flour, cocoa powder, and caramels until combined.
 

Divide batter into two pans. And bake for about 17--20 minutes or until a tooth pick is inserted and comes out clean.

To prepare the blondie layer,  mix butter, brown and granulated sugars together. Mix in eggs one at a time until combined.

Mix in salt, and vanilla extract.

Fold in flour and chocolate chips until combined.

Divide into two baking pans and bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a tooth pick is inserted and comes out clean.

Allow cakes to cool to room temperature.

Spread 1 cup of dulce de leche on the top of one brownie layer. Top with a blondie layer, and repeat the process of layer dulce de leche and brownies/blondies.

To prepare topping, melt chocolate with the cream over a double boiler, mix constantly until smooth.

Drizzle the chocolate over the top until it drips down the sides.

Warm the remaining dulce de leche in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds until it a drip-able consistency. If it's too thick, mix in 1 tsp of hot water.  Drizzle it over the chocolate.

Serve right way for an ooey gooey messy delicious cake.








10 comments:

  1. This cake is intense and incredibly delicious. I could eat a jar of dulce de leche

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  2. Well I certainly am not an expert on photography but that is the sultriest cake I have ever seen. Seductive. Beckoning.

    I think I gained a couple of pounds just drooling over your perfect pictures! Seriously good photos. It's like the cake is talking to me.

    Why yes, I am on a diet, why do you ask? :)

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  3. Sweet Baby Jesus! Seriously drool worthy photos and this cake!!

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  4. I literally want to live inside every single one of your recipe photos, because that would be the only way to get close enough to your amazing food! This is GORG!

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  5. I think these photos are absolutely stunning. And I want to stick my face in the cake.

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  6. the cake is stunning! I would eat the whole thing in one sitting

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  7. These photos are so stunning! High fives girl. I second Jen's comment. :)

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  8. Love how you describe your relationship with your sister, it sounds very special. This cake looks incredible and your pictures are beautiful!

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  9. This is looks like one incredible cake!

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  10. 1. I LOVE the dark and moody photos you captured! I feel like it captures the season so well! 2. You make me want a sister so bad now!! 3. I'll settle for a slice of this cake, k?

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