This chocolate dulce de leche cake was a classic at my house growing up. It still is. It is also the cake you have at every little kid's birthday party (or its vanilla variation). Safe to say we use to have it very often back in the day. A little confession: I still make this cake for my birthday every year!! I love it. So simple yet so delicious. Hope you love this chocolate and dulce de leche cake recipe as much as I do!
Chocolate dulce de leche cake is usually composed of a chocolate cake filled with argentine dulce de leche (or any other dulce de leche really lol) and covered in a chocolate dulce de leche ganache.
This mayonnaise chocolate cake is an adapted version of the one in Bouchon Bakery's book. It is simple to make, and the result is a super moist cake. Do not be discouraged by the mayonnaise in there. Give it a try.
First whisk the eggs and the sugar until the mixture is thick and pale yellow. When you lift your whisk, the mixture should hold together (it will take 10 minutes give or take).
Secondly, add the mayonnaise and whisk to combine.
Finally, using a spatula, fold in half the dry ingredients and half the water. Fold in the second half of the dry ingredients and the rest of the water. Make sure its properly incorporated to the batter.
A note: It is important to use good quality cacao for this recipe! I use Valrhona cacao.
Last note: remember to sift your dry ingredients before you add to the batter.
Mayonnaise is added in chocolate cake as a replacement to oil or butter, the fat necessary to make any cake. Mayonnaise makes chocolate cake crumb extremely moist, and its especially good for layer chocolate cakes such as this one.
You can absolutely freeze this cake. It is a good idea to work with the freezer if you want to plan and have things prepared in advance. To do so:
Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
The most important thing when making a chocolate ganache is to keep your whisk perpendicular to the chocolate/cream mixture and mix slowly. This will result in a smooth, bubble free, shiny ganache!
To make this chocolate dulce de leche ganache you must:
A note: if the ganache hardens too much, you will not be able to work with it to cover the cake. In that case, place it over a water bath until you bring it to the right consistency to work with.