Don Juan Olgado’s Birthday Cake

Don Juan Olgado's Birthday CakeThis 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.

Serves 8-10

Don Juan Olgado’s Birthday Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 1 cake

Serving Size: 1 slice

Calories per serving: 287 calories

Fat per serving: 9 g fat (2 g saturated)

Don Juan Olgado’s Birthday Cake


  • 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

Make It A Meal: Serve with Black Bean Soup or Chipotle Orange Shrimp.

Wine Pairing: Dessert wine Alvear Pedro Ximenez, Port

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