21 November 2010

Chocolate Mug Cake with Salted Dulce de Leche. An International Incident

Here we are again at another International Incident Party, always happily hosted by Penny of Jeroxie blog.  This month's theme is Salt.  Salt is so versatile.  It can be used in savoury as well as sweet dishes.  Since salt is an everyday ingredient found in all dishes, it can easily be overlooked as a main ingredient so I'm happy to see that salt is featured as this month's theme.  I'm looking forward to read other party goers take on the theme.

International Incident Salt party

For this theme, I've decided to make salted dulce de leche.  I know that salt goes well with caramel so why not with dulce de leche? I've always made my own dulce de leche as it's very easy and satisfying.  When you do make your own, please do be careful and always keep your eyes on it.  There can be certain disasters when left unchecked. (i.e explosions in the kitchen!).  As it keeps for months, I make it in bulk and keep it in the pantry ready for use anytime.

I loved the combination of the chocolate cake, sweet dulce de leche and the sea salt.  It definitely made a difference to the flavour and also the texture of the dish.

To make the dulce de leche, you can get the recipe here.  This has to be made the day before as it takes at least 3 hours to make and has to be totally cooled before using.

Make the 5 minute Chocolate Mug Cake:

4 tbl  flour
4 tbl sugar
2 tbl cocoa
1 egg
3 tbl milk
3 tbl oil
vanilla extract

1.  Add the dry ingredients to large mug and mix well.
2.  Add the egg and mix thoroughly
3.  Pour in milk and oil and mix well
4.  Add the vanilla extract
5.  Cook for 3 minutes in the microwave (1000watts)

Once the cake is cooled, carefully remove from the mug and cut into 3 slices.  On top of each layer, spread a little of the dulce de leched and add a sprinkle of sea salt.  Lay each slice on top of each other.

Other people enjoying the salt party.  Will you join us for the next party?


/* */ Trissa said...

Your dulce de leche looks fantastic and reminds me that I need to make a new batch soon. Thanks for the inspiration - sounds delicious with salt!

/* */ Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

That is the fanciest looking mug cake I've ever seen. Haven't made dulce de leche for ages and can imagine it would be perfectly finished off with the salt :)

/* */ 5 Star Foodie said...

Loving the salted dulce de leche layers!

/* */ Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Omg - a chocolate mug cake? I *must* make this and soon... Dulce de leche would be fab with salt - what a great idea!

/* */ Hannah said...

Words cannot express the depth of my longing right now! I frequently make my dad chocolate mug cakes but never have I made salted dulce de leche... or plain dulce de leche, for that matter! Thank you so much for the idea and recipe :)

/* */ Tamar1973 said...

This is the first time I've ever seen a 5 minute cake recipe where someone took the cake out of the mug after baking! :)

/* */ msihua said...

I love the idea of a chocolate mug cake! Plus that dulce looks delicious!

/* */ ♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

i could feel the salt melting in my mouth.. and then rescued by the sweetness of the dulce de leche...such a taste teaser haha!

/* */ Iron Chef Shellie said...

oooo you made it all fancy!! mmmm yummo!

/* */ Caroline said...

dulce de leche is a great complement to chocolate cake & love that the salt balances out the sweetness. Never known anyone to take quick cake out of a mug before but I like that you did that -- more dulce de leche in every bite :)

/* */ Trix said...

I am with you on the dulce de leche! Mmm. And I agree with Conor - that is one fancy mug cake!!

/* */ Sefie said...

That's a great idea! I reckon the darker/deeper the chocolate is, the more fancy this dessert would become :D

The first time I tried a salted caramel was because I had some dulce de leche in the fridge, and some Maldon salt in the pantry... I didn't think it was as amazingly mind-blowing as people seem to make it, but it did taste pretty yummy.

/* */ Foodiva said...

The only thing I like better than the salted Dulce de leche is your very quick-to-make chocolate mug cake! The whole combination looks fabulously fancy :-)

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

I bet that will cure any sweet tooth. What a good idea to have it with the chocolate mug! I must try this next time.

/* */ leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Mmmmmm dulce de leche is good stuff.

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