Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dulce de Leche-Nutella Swirl Loaf Cake

There are still a few things Dan and I need to do to fully recover from our Great Beach Robbery -- getting new driver's licenses, for example -- but everything is closed on Sundays, so we've been having a pretty lazy day so far. We slept in until the hungry meows of our kitties could no longer be ignored, fed the little beasts, and then promptly collapsed in front of the TV to catch up on all the shows we missed during vacation.

But, once we'd blown through all the eps in our DVR queue, things got real boring real fast. Sundays are just so blah. I don't know about you, but nothing interesting ever happens to us on Sundays, and the day is mostly spent being lazy and dreading the start of the work week. As I type this, Dan is moaning "Boooo, we gotta work tomorrow! Ughhhhhhh." 

You know what's really good for fighting the end-of-weekend blues, though? Cake. Particularly if it's cake made with ice cream, homemade dulce de leche, and Nutella. Mmmm.

For this dulce de leche loaf cake, I found a simple vanilla loaf cake recipe online and modified it to fit my needs. Vanilla ice cream instead of chilled heavy cream; dulce de leche instead of sugar; and Nutella because if I didn't immediately use up the rest of the jar, I was going to keep eating it by the spoonful  and feel guilty. The resulting loaf was moist and sweet on the inside, with a deliciously crunchy Nutella-laced crust. 

Dulce de Leche-Nutella Swirl Loaf Cake

- 1 cup vanilla ice cream, melted at room temperature.
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2/3 cup dulce de leche
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt

(1) Preheat oven to 350.
(2) In a large bowl, mix together ice cream, eggs, vanilla, and dulce de leche until well-combined. The dulce de leche will make the batter clumpy, but just keep working at it until everything is smooth.
(3) Add dry ingredients.
(4) Pour most of the batter into a greased/floured loaf pan. Save about 1/2 cup for later.
(5) Add nutella to the loaf pan in well-spaced spoonfuls. Top with remaining batter. Then, run a knife through the whole thing to create a nice swirl/marbled pattern.
(6) Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the cake starts to come away from the side of the pan.
(7) Enjoy alone, with coffee, or smeared with more dulce de leche.

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Peggy said...

Oh wow! I've seen Nutella swirl cakes before, but to throw in the dulce de leche - that just makes this simply irresistible =)

Tina said...

It's really tasty!

Nanci Waldman said...

There is nothing that I don't like about this!!!! I can't wait to try it!!!! Thanks for linking it up with us


Junglefrog said...

Wow, that is just one gorgeous and amazing looking cake and yes, definitely good for beating the end of weekend blues!