Caramel Latte Cake

Ingredients

Cake
  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ butter recipe yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee granules
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
Filling
  • 1 can (13.4 oz) dulce de leche (caramelized sweetened condensed milk)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 tablespoons instant espresso coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum or 1 teaspoon rum extract plus 2 teaspoons water
Frosting and Garnish
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 oz semisweet baking chocolate, chopped, or 1 teaspoon unsweetened baking cocoa

Instructions

1 _ Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.

2 _ In large bowl, place cake mix. In 1-cup glass measuring cup, stir 1 cup warm water and 1 tablespoon espresso granules until granules are dissolved. Add espresso mixture, butter and eggs to cake mix. Beat with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds; scrape bowl. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes longer. Pour batter into pan.

3 _ Bake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool in pan on cooling rack 15 minutes.

4 _ Meanwhile, spoon dulce de leche into medium microwavable bowl. In small bowl, mix 1/2 cup hot water, 3 tablespoons espresso granules and the rum; stir into dulce de leche until smooth. Microwave uncovered on High 2 to 3 minutes, stirring after about 1 minute with whisk, until pourable. Set aside while cake cools.


5 _ Poke cooled cake every 1/2 inch with handle end of wooden spoon. Pour dulce de leche mixture evenly over cake; spread mixture over top of cake with metal spatula to fill holes. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake. Cover; refrigerate 2 hours.

6 _ In medium bowl, beat whipping cream and powdered sugar on high speed until stiff. Spread whipped cream evenly over chilled cake. Sprinkle with chopped chocolate. Store covered in refrigerator.

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