This Raspberry Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake is also known as torta Amor, Torta Mixta or torta Sofía, and other female names in Chile. Regardless of the name I can wholeheartedly recommend it, it’s just spectacular.
For these more complicated cakes, I recommend to cook in steps: one day I made the pastry cream, the following day the chocolate cakes, and the day before serving I baked the puff pastry dough, beat the cream and assemble it. Store in the fridge overnight and the following day it’s perfect.
I made the Raspberry Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake to celebrate the fortieth birthday of one of my closest friends. We have been friends for seven years; we met waiting for our children to come out of Kindergarten class. I was new to the school and neighborhood, and so was she. We did have some language difficulties, as my English was quite bad. Funny thing is that our children never became friends, but we always stayed in touch and now our youngest are closed friends. The cake was a big success among the 8 Americans invited to the breakfast celebration.
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Raspberry Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake
for the chocolate cakes,
- 170 grams cake flour or 120 grams regular flour and 50 grams potato starch
- 55 grams unsweetened powder cocoa
- 7 eggs
- 200 grams granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 85 grams unsalted butter, melted
Preheat the oven at 365F or 185C.
Line the base of a round 20 cm by 8 cm cake mold with parchment paper.
Sift the flour with powdered cocoa, mix completely.
In a bowl combine the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla using a hand mixer. Place over bain Marie and allow to heat to 115F or 46C. Remove from Bain Marie (careful, the bowl will be hot) and beat with the hand mixer at high speed until the mix rises and is very frothy about six more minutes.
Sprinkle 1/3 of the flour and cocoa mix and using a spatula and fold gently into the eggs batter, repeat with the following 1/3 and then incorporate the last 1/3.
Add the melted butter and combine into the mix, always trying to keep the batter from deflating. Just stir as needed.
Place in the mold and bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow cooling in the mold. Refrigerate in the same mold if it will be filled on the following day.
For the pastry cream,
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 egg
- 70 grams granulated sugar
- 40 grams cornstarch
- 475 ml whole milk
- 50 grams unsalted butter in small cubes
- 70 grams granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (try to use the real deal, read the ingredients)
In a bowl, mix with a hand whisk the egg yolks, the egg until frothy, add the sugar (70 grams) and cornstarch until well combined.
In a medium pot heat the milk and butter, the rest of the sugar (70 grams) and salt, stir to dissolve the sugar, until it starts boiling, remove from the heat and very slowly, in a thread incorporate the mix of egg yolks, beating continuously.
Return the mix to the pot and cook over medium heat until it thickens and starts bubbling, stirring continuously. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla extract and run through a sieve if you see any lumps. Allow the cream to cool over a bowl of water and ice. Cover with plastic wrap and press right up against the surface. Refrigerate until you use it.
You can make it 2-3 days ahead of time.
To assembly the cake,
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup raspberry jam
- 3 cups raspberries
- 1 sheet of puff pastry (1/2 box)
- 1/2 cup dulce de leche
- 1/2 cup raspberry juice
Flatten the puff pastry and cut the same size or slightly larger than the chocolate cake. Cook according to instructions on the package and allow to cool. It will grow quite a bit.
Beat the cooled cream in a cold bowl with a hand mixer at high speed until whipped or Chantilly. Mix with the pastry cream, add 1/3 whipped cream to the pastry cream and combine. Fold in the rest of the cream.
Unmold the chocolate cake and cut in half. Use the top half as the base layer. Drizzle with half of the raspberry juice. Spread one layer of raspberry jam. Spread one layer of pastry cream and then one layer of raspberries.
Cut the puff pastry in half. Spread one layer of dulce de leche on top and then place it over the raspberries.
Then another layer of pastry cream, raspberries, puff pastry with dulce de leche.
Finish with one layer of chocolate cake moistened and with raspberry jam.
Use the rest of the cream to even out the surface and cover well. Refrigerate and decorate.
Allow resting for 4 hours before serving. Keep refrigerated.