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Need birthday baking inspiration- dulce de leche? chocolate?

tamarindo Apr 30, 2007 12:36 PM

Hello Chowhounds-

I need to bake a birthday treat for a co-worker. It's a big occasion, his 40th. It can be cookies, cake, cupcake, basically anything-- only criteria is that it be sweet and that it be a real crowd-pleaser. He has a particular fondness for dulce de leche and/or chocolate based treats. Any ideas? For some reason I'm stuck.

  1. chowser Apr 30, 2007 01:07 PM

    What about a tres leches cake since he likes dulce de leche? It's always been really popular when I've made it since it's not that commonly done.

    1. QueenB Apr 30, 2007 01:17 PM

      I'm obsessed with alfajores de maizena, which are cornstarch cookies sandwiched with dulce de leche. Sound weird but they are really delicious and could easily feed a crowd. Bet you could make them even better by covering the whole thing in chocolate.

      Here's a great recipe and instructions for making them.

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      1. re: QueenB
        zook Apr 30, 2007 04:51 PM

        These sound delicious, queenb. I'd like to try them; but I'm not the most experienced baker. Before I start doing a bunch of research, perhaps you could save me the trouble and convert 200 grams of butter to tablespoons for me? TIA

        1. re: zook
          QueenB Apr 30, 2007 05:56 PM

          Sure, according to http://www.onlineconversion.com/cooki... 200 grams of butter is equal to about 14 Tbsp of butter, so that's 1 3/4 sticks.

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            zook Apr 30, 2007 06:04 PM

            Thanks so much for the conversion, and also thanks for the website, I'm sure it will come in useful in the future.

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        StefTodd Apr 30, 2007 04:32 PM

        Hi - how about the Guiness Chocolate Cake from Nigella Lawson's "Feast" cookbook? I've made it several times and it always turns out excellent.

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        1. re: StefTodd
          chef chicklet Apr 30, 2007 05:47 PM

          I believe I have recipes for Chocolate Turtle Cake, Chocholate Truffle Cake around here somehwhere. And I know that I have seen plenty of Old Southern Carmel Cake with carmel frosting recipes on CH, haven't? I have one of those as well...
          I make these suggestions only since your special guest has a penchant for carmel, and or chocolate, which make beautiful statements for a 40th birthday celebration!

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          ginqueen Apr 30, 2007 06:57 PM

          there's a recipe in the king arthur flour cookbook for a "boston latin creme pie," which is boston creme pie, but with dulce de leche in the center instead of pastry cream. that would nail both the chocolate and the dulce de leche, and wouldn't be too difficult--just two layers of moist yellow cake, slap together with the dulce de leche in the middle, and glaze with a little chocolate ganache.

          1. paulj Apr 30, 2007 07:08 PM

            dulce de leche can be used as a frosting for a cake.

            Or start with a packet of cookies, such as MarieLu's (or Mexican Marias), make sandwiches with dulce the leche between. Then dip half of each sandwich in melted chocolate.


            1. Emme Apr 30, 2007 11:45 PM

              How about Andiereid's recent Chocolate w/ Bourbon Cake? It looks stunning in recent pics by Beetlebug

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                ali patts May 2, 2007 06:28 AM

                I like the following - it's about the most straighforward chocolate tart you can get http://www.cookswares.com/discussions... but I like to add raspberries to the chocolate mixture. (Just put some raspberries in the pastry case, then pour on the chocolate mix) It always goes down well when I make it. There may be some way of incorporating dulce de leche but I've spent all morning in a very boring meeting and my brain is tired.

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                  QueenB May 2, 2007 06:36 AM

                  ali patts, I'd probably smear a healthy layer of dulce de leche on the tart shell before pouring in the chocolate mixture. You'd get a layered dulce/chocolate effect that way. Bet that would be very tasty.

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                  tamarindo May 3, 2007 12:13 AM

                  Thank you all for the suggestions! I'm going to go with a Tres Leches Cake, I believe. I remember him saying that he loves them, so it's a perfect idea.

                  1. dbug31 May 3, 2007 02:23 AM

                    millionaire's shortbread-filled with ducle de leche & topped with ganache

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