Caramel and Walnut Cake

The perfect Christmas dessert!


Click here to see the recipe in Portuguese


servings: 25 / preparation time: 1h30min



9 egg whites, beaten to firm snow

9 egg yolks

5 tbs sugar

5 tbs plain bread crumbs

1 tsp baking powder

½ cup chopped walnuts

Filling and Topping:

2 cans caramel/dulce de leite or 2 cans of caramel made from condensed milk

1 ½ cups chopped walnuts



1 – Beat egg yolks with the sugar until very light in color.

2 – Add bread crumbs and let it mix for about 2 minutes.

3 – Stop the mixer and stir gently, with a spoon, beaten egg whites, baking powder and ½ cup walnuts.

4 – Preheated the oven to 400°F. Pour the batter in a greased and floured baking sheet and bake for about 35-40 minutes (do the toothpick test to see if the dough is baked).

5 – Remove from oven and let cool. Remove the cake from the pan and cut crosswise. Fill with half the caramel and nuts.

6 – Place the other cake half on top, cover with remaining caramel and nuts. Serve chilled.


Tips and Options:

  • To make caramel from condensed milk, place the can in the crockpot, fill it with water until it covers the can, turn the crockpot on low and set the timer for 6 to 8 hours. Turn off the crockpot. Remove can from crockpot and let it cool completely before open the can.
  • If the caramel is too thick, mix 1 or 2 tbs heavy cream.
+ Info This recipe is a tradition in my family’s Christmas for years and years and my aunt, Mercia, is the specialist responsible for it. I hope you enjoy as many as we do, and that this sweet treat bring you and your family some of the incredible memories we have! Merry Christmas! 

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