Hi friends! Dulce de Leche is one of my favorite fillings, especially with vanilla. So good! Today, we will be focusing on how to do dulce de leche drips for the cakes. It is so easy to do the cake drips! Scroll down for instructions and a short video on how to make a dulce de leche drip cake. The fall pumpkins will be in another blog post, so stay tuned!
How To Make Dulce De Leche
I have a preferred method for making dulce de leche by using Instant Pot because it is quicker and dulce de leche is smoother. I am not a fan of using the can with the lid closed (because of fears of exploding), so I use foil on the top. I will list out the steps below and link to my Instagram video. If you prefer the traditional boiling method and want a vanilla cake recipe, click here for the full details.
- Purchase a 14 oz condensed milk (any brand)
- Remove the wrapper from the can.
- Remove the lid.
- Wrap the top of the can with foil and squeeze the top tightly to create a “seal”. Make sure the foil is not sticking out on the bottom.
- Put the trivet in the Instant Pot and the can after that.
- Fill the instant pot with water to 3/4 of the can. Do not cover the entire can with water. Leave some space at the top.
- Set the Instant Pot to high pressure cook for 45 minutes. It is a good start if you are doing this first time. I set mine to an hour after experimenting with the times. An hour gives me a darker color. I put the can back in the pot with a new foil on the can if the color is too light or undercooked.
- Release the air pressure manually or carefully use the Quick Release.
- Carefully take out the can with a pair of tongs and set it on the rack or stove for it to cool.
- Once it is cooled, remove the dulce de leche and put it into a container. There will be some water on the top but it can be mixed easily with the rest when it’s ready.
- Stir vigorously or use a hand-held blender to mix the dulce de leche well.
Is it safe to cook the can in the instant pot?
This is why I chose to do a lid off and replace it with foil due to a personal preference. However, it is safe to do a sealed can as long you follow the instructions to a T. Here’s a link to how to do a sealed can in an Instant Pot.
What about the toxins in the can?
Here’s an article by a scientist on this subject. Found it via Pies & Tacos. The risk is low due to the temperature of boiling water and the concern would be the BPA cans that could leak a very small amounts of BPA into the food. Nowadays, companies are making BPA free cans, so this problem would be minimal.
How to Make Dulce de Leche Drips
1) Make dulce de leche.
2) Let it cool and fill the cake.
3) I put a small portion of Dulce de leche (approx 2-3oz) in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave it for a few seconds (5-10 seconds). You don’t want it to be too hot. Slightly warm and pipeable. If it is still too thick, you can add a tiny amount of heavy cream to thin it out. I didn’t add any for this one.
4) Put it in a tipless piping bag and touch the bag. If it’s too hot, let it sit for a little bit.
5) Make sure the cake is cold. Start piping a few drips. You only want to pipe for a few seconds and they’ll look thick at first but they will continue to drip. Wait and see how the drips are before continuing.
6) Experiment to your liking!
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Dulce de leche cake drips are an amazing option for fall cakes like this fall pumpkins cake (Stay tuned for a blog post!). Dulce de leche drips are still perfect for any special occasion!