Quick, delicious and easy dessert recipes always get me to pay attention. I love to bake and to surprise my kids with cakes and cookies, but since this isn’t the healthiest of treats, I save baking desserts for special occasions. Since I also work, time is at a premium so I stick to the basics when I am juggling so many responsibilities.
However, I’ve managed to learn a trick or two. Yes, I cheat a bit by taking shortcuts, but I give it my personal touch. My kids’ favorite is a Dulce de Leche cake I make using a cake mix from a box. Not very Martha Stewart-ish, but it works. Since so many friends have asked for my recipe, I am sharing it with you. It’s actually quite simple (and inexpensive). Enjoy!
- 1 box of vanilla cake mix
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (you can substitute for half a cup of unsweetened apple sauce for a healthier version)
- 1 cup of water
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
For the dulce de leche glaze
- 1 can of caramel or dulce de leche (I use La Lechera, which is made in Chile and is my favorite)
- Milk to thin out the dulce de leche
How to prepare the cake
Follow the instructions on the box for the cake mix, but add the vanilla extract before mixing. Then bake the cake. In the meantime, you can prepare the dulce de leche glaze or frosting (unless you want to apply it directly from the can). Since the dulce de leche or caramel is quite sweet and thick, I like to thin it out a bit using a tablespoon or two of milk. You can warm it up in the microwave for 15 seconds so it mixes easier with the milk. Once the cake cools, apply the glaze using a spatula or spoon.