Hello friends! Dulce de leche is one of my favorite fillings, especially with vanilla. So good! Today we are focusing on how to make dulce de leche drips for the cakes. It’s so easy to make the cake drips! Scroll down for instructions and a short video on how to make a dulce de leche drip cake. The fall squash will be in another blog post, so stay tuned!
How to make dulce de leche
I have a favorite method of making dulce de leche using Instant Pot because it’s faster and dulce de leche is smoother. I’m not a fan of using the can with the lid closed (for fear of explosion) so I use foil on the top. I will list the steps below and link to my Instagram video. If you prefer the traditional cooking method and want a vanilla cake recipe, click here for full details.
- Buy 14 ounces of evaporated milk (any brand)
- Remove the packaging from the can.
- Remove the lid.
- Wrap the top of the can with foil and pinch the top firmly to create a “seal.” Make sure that the foil does not protrude below.
- Place the coaster in the Instant Pot, followed by the can.
- Fill the Instant Pot 3/4 of the way full with water. Do not cover the entire can with water. Leave some space at the top.
- Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 45 minutes. It’s a good place to start if this is your first time doing this. I set mine to an hour after experimenting with the times. An hour gives me a darker color. I put the can back in the pot with a new foil on the can if the color is too light or undercooked.
- Release the air pressure manually or carefully use the quick release.
- Use tongs to carefully remove the can and set it on the rack or stovetop to cool.
- Once cool, remove the dulce de leche and place in a container. There will be some water on top, but it can be easily mixed in with the rest when done.
- Stir vigorously or mix the dulce de leche well with a hand blender.
Is it safe to cook the can in the instant pot?
For this reason, based on personal preference, I decided to take off a lid and replace it with foil. However, it’s safe to make a sealed can as long as you follow the directions to a T. Here is a link on how to make a sealed can in an Instant Pot.
What about the toxins in the can?
Here is an article by a scientist on the subject. Found via Pies & Tacos. The risk is low due to the temperature of boiling water and the doses of BPA would be of concern as very small amounts of BPA could get into the food. Today, companies make BPA-free cans, so this issue would be minimal.
How to make dulce de leche drips
1) Make dulce de leche.
2) Let cool and fill the cake.
3) I place a small portion of dulce de leche (about 2-3 ounces) in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it for a few seconds (5-10 seconds). You don’t want it to be too hot. Slightly warm and pipeable. If it’s still too thick, you can add a small amount of whipping cream to thin it out. I didn’t add any for this one.
4) Put it in a piping bag without a tip and touch the bag. If it’s too hot, let it sit for a bit.
5) Make sure the cake is cold. Start squirting a few drops. You only want to squirt for a few seconds and they will look thick at first, but they will keep dripping. Wait and see how the drops are before proceeding.
6) Experiment as you like!
7) Have fun!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Dulce de leche pie drops are an amazing option for fall pies like this fall squash pie (stay tuned for a blog post!). Dulce de leche drips are still perfect for any special occasion!