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Chocolate Christmas Ale Cake with Dulce de leche Cream Filling

Chocolate Christmas Ale Cake with Dulce de leche Cream Filling

Do you Christmas cake or do you Christmas pie? I do both. I love this chocolate pie that’s requested so regularly I am not allowed to attend holiday gatherings without it. But I also want cake because I’m like that. Apparently, I just love chocolate and beer, along with sugar and baked goods and I’m not picky beyond that. It’s an issue. 

I decided to do a cake this year for a holiday party and since I already had way more Dulce de Leche than I knew what to do with after making these, I decided to build an entire cake around the fact that I needed to get more Dulce de Leche in my face as quickly as possible.  

The cake disappeared without a trace about 30 minutes after I arrived at the party, it’s honestly one of my favorite cakes I’ve ever made. And since I still have Dulce de Leche left, I might make it again. Don’t judge me, it’s the holidays. 

Chocolate Christmas Ale Cake with Dulce de leche Cream Filling

5 from 1 vote


For the cake:

  • 3 ounces dark chocolate
  • ½ cups (4oz) hot brewed coffee
  • 1 cup 8oz stout beer
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups (375g) sugar
  • ¾ cup (180g) vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups (360g) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups (300g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups (168g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons (10g) baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons (6g) salt

For the Filling:

  • 1 ½ cups (342g) softened butter
  • 1 cup (115g) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (305g) dulce de leche* homemade or store bought


  • 1 ½ cups (342g)softened butter
  • ½ cup (114g) shortening
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (230g) powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt


Make the Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Add the chocolate, coffee and beer to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until melted (this can also be done in a double boiler).
  • Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer, beat on high until light in color and well combined. Add the vegetable oil, sour cream and vanilla, beat until well combined. Mix in the chocolate mixture.
  • In a separate bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients, stir until just combined.
  • Divide evenly between three 9-inch cake pans that have been greased and floured.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched.

Make the Filling:

  • Add the butter to a stand mixer, beat until light and fluffy. Add the dulce de leche and the powdered sugar, mix until well combined.
  • Add the filling between each layer of cake.

Make the Frosting:

  • Add the butter and shortening to a stand mixer, beat on high until well combined. Add the vanilla, mixing well.
  • Add the powdered sugar and salt, beat until well combined.
  • Frost the cake, keep chilled until ready to serve.


Dulce de Leche is easy to make, you just need a can of sweetened condensed milk and some time. For more info about making it yourself, read this post:

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