This traditional South American cake is especially popular for birthday celebrations.
I love dulce de leche, a rich, gooey milk caramel sauce that just happens to be low in fat. Try dipping wedges of crispy apple for a sweet low-fat snack. You can purchase dulce de leche in a store that carries Latino groceries or make it yourself. See my dulce de leche recipe.
- 5 eggs, separated
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup powered sugar
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking power
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 14-ounce container of dulce de leche, store bought or homemade
- 1 cup almond or orange flavored liquor
- 1 cup low-fat whipped topping
- non-fat cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease two 8" round baking pans with cooking spray or line the bottom of each with a piece of parchment paper to fit. Set aside.
- In a large metal bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt on high speed until they become stiff but not lumpy (about 4-6 minutes). They should cling firmly to the side of the bowl when tilted.
- On a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil, sift the flour and baking powder together. In a large bowl, add the flour mixture, the egg yolks, oil, and vanilla.
- With an electric mixer on medium speed or a whisk, beat for 2-3 minutes until the mixture comes together into a stiff mass. Beat in 1/2 cup of egg whites to loosen the batter. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites carefull so you do not deflate them.
- Divide the batter between the two cake pans. Bake until the top is light brown (about 15-20 minutes), or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
- Allow cake to cool for 4-5 minutes before removing from the cakes pans. Cool completely on a wire rack and then slice each cake horizontally in half with a serrated knife.
- Sprinkle each layer with 1/4 cup of the liquor, and spread on a layer of dulce de leche. Stack up the layers and ice with whipped cream. Chill at least one hour before serving.
Nutritional Stats Per Serving (1 slice): 287 calories, 3g protein, 46g carbohydrates, 9g fat (2 g saturated), 46 mg cholesterol, 0g fiber, 131 mg sodium.
Weight Watchers® Points Plus: 8
Wine Pairing: Dessert wine Alvear Pedro Ximenez, Port