Irresistible Layered Dulce De Leche Dessert Recipe

Welcome to my kitchen, where today we will take a culinary journey to Brazil with my Layered Dulce De Leche Dessert Recipe. This dessert is the perfect combination of creamy and caramel flavors, layered between vanilla wafers, creating a delicious and satisfying treat that is sure to impress your family and guests.

To make this delectable dessert, you’ll need a few key ingredients – juicy Dulce De Leche cream, instant white chocolate pudding and pie filling mix, milk, and Nilla wafers. These ingredients come together beautifully to create the perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess in every bite.

I’m confident that once you try this recipe, it will become one of your go-to desserts for special events and gatherings. The Layered Dulce De Leche Dessert is easy to prepare and doesn’t require any fancy kitchen equipment or culinary experience. So grab your apron, and let’s get started on making this delightful dessert!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Layered Dulce De Leche Dessert
Layered Dulce De Leche Dessert

As the creator of this layered dulce de leche dessert recipe, I can guarantee that you will fall in love with it from the first bite. This dessert is the perfect combination of creamy and crunchy textures, with layers of vanilla wafers softened by the delicious caramel flavor of dulce de leche cream.

But what makes this dessert truly special is the addition of white chocolate flavor instant pudding mix, which only enhances its decadent taste. This ingredient takes the richness of dulce de leche to a whole new level, providing a smooth and velvety texture that melts in your mouth.

Another reason why you’ll love this recipe is its versatility. It can be served on any occasion – whether it’s Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, or just a lazy Sunday afternoon. The layered dulce de leche dessert can be dressed up to look fancy or presented in a more rustic way, yet it still tastes equally amazing.

Lastly, this recipe is very easy to make and requires only a few ingredients, meaning you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to make a show-stopping dessert. So why not give it a try? You might just end up adding this layered dulce de leche dessert recipe to your list of all-time favorite desserts!

Ingredient List

 Layers of creamy goodness to satisfy any sweet cravings!
Layers of creamy goodness to satisfy any sweet cravings!

Here’s a list of all the ingredients that you need to have in hand for making this layered dulce de leche dessert recipe:

For the cake layer:

  • 40 vanilla wafers, divided in 2 portions
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant white chocolate pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1 1/4 cups cold milk

For the dulce de leche layer:

  • 1 (14 oz) can dulce de leche (sweetened condensed milk that has been caramelized)
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whipped topping (Cool Whip)

Additional ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Nilla Wafers to sprinkle
  • Chocolate chips

These ingredients make one 9×13 inch pan of layered dulce de leche dessert. If you want to make this dessert for a larger gathering, double the recipe and use a bigger pan.

The Recipe How-To

 Dulce de leche is the star of this show-stopper dessert!
Dulce de leche is the star of this show-stopper dessert!

Layered Dulce De Leche Dessert Recipe

Layers upon layers of creamy, caramelicious goodness – that’s what this dessert is all about. The combination of dulce de leche and white chocolate creates a rich and decadent taste that melts in your mouth. Follow my step-by-step instructions below to create the most indulgent dessert you and your loved ones have ever had.


  • 40 vanilla wafers, divided into 2 portions
  • 1 package (4 oz) Jell-O instant white chocolate pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1 1/4 cups cold milk
  • 1 can (14 oz) dulce de leche cream
  • 1 container (8 oz) Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Additional dulce de leche and whipped cream for garnish (optional)


  1. Begin by preparing the white chocolate pudding according to package instructions, by whisking together the pudding mix and cold milk.
  2. Next, stir in the dulce de leche cream until well combined.
  3. Gently fold in the Cool Whip until it’s fully incorporated with the pudding mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the softened unsalted butter to a fluffy consistency.
  5. Add in half of the white chocolate-dulce de leche mixture, and beat until blended together and set aside this mixture for later use.
  6. Now arrange one portion of vanilla wafers at the bottom of an eight-inch square baking pan or a casserole dish.
  7. Pour half of the remaining white chocolate-dulce de leche mixture over it.
  8. Top this mixture with another layer of vanilla wafers and then pour the remaining mixture over those as well.
  9. Spread the butter and dulce de leche mixture (set aside earlier) over the top of the dish evenly, trying to leave a little edge space.
  10. Cover it and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or until set).
  11. To serve, garnish with dollops of remaining whipped topping and drizzle with dulce de leche sauce.

You can tailor the recipe by adding other ingredients like pecans, caramel syrup, or chocolate chips in between the layers for an even richer taste. Be creative with this recipe, as there are endless possibilities to make it even more extraordinary.

Make sure to save room in your tummy for a slice of this divine dessert. You won’t regret it!

Substitutions and Variations

 Grab a spoon and indulge in this decadent treat!
Grab a spoon and indulge in this decadent treat!

You can experiment with different flavors and textures to make this layered dulce de leche dessert your own. Here are some substitution and variation ideas to get you started:

– Substitute white chocolate pudding mix with vanilla or chocolate pudding mix for a different flavor profile.

– Swap out the vanilla wafers for graham crackers or ladyfingers to add a crunchy texture to the dessert.

– Use chocolate dulce de leche instead of the traditional caramel flavor for a richer, more indulgent taste.

– Add a layer of fresh sliced bananas or strawberries in between the dulce de leche layers for a fruity twist.

– For a cake-like texture, use sponge cake instead of vanilla wafers as your base.

– Make it a chocolate dulce de leche wafer cake by adding a layer of chocolate cake in between each wafer and caramel cream layer.

– Top with meringue and toast it, or serve with drizzled condensed milk or chocolate caramel sauce for added decadence.

The possibilities are endless with this recipe – feel free to get creative and make it your own!

Serving and Pairing

 Sink your teeth into this heavenly layer cake!
Sink your teeth into this heavenly layer cake!

As you take the first bite of this layered dulce de leche dessert, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical paradise. The creamy, caramel flavor of the dulce de leche is perfectly balanced with the lightness of the whipped topping and vanilla wafers.

To amplify the flavors and textures of this dessert, I recommend serving it chilled. You can refrigerate it for three hours or overnight to let the layers become firm and enhance the taste further. You can also top it off with some extra cool whip or sprinkle some crushed vanilla wafers on top for extra crunch.

When it comes to pairing, this dessert is versatile enough to go with a range of beverages. A cup of dark roasted coffee or espresso would be ideal for those looking for a rich, decadent pairing. For a refreshing summer treat, try this dessert with an iced tea or lemonade. You could even pour yourself a glass of golden key wine to indulge in a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity.

You can serve layered dulce de leche cake at any party or dinner gathering as well. It’s sure to impress your guests while satisfying their sweet tooth. When served in individual portions, this dessert makes for a great addition to picnic baskets and packed lunches.

In conclusion, this dessert has the power to allure anyone regardless of their palate preferences. So next time you’re looking for something that’s creamy, crunchy and gooey all at once, give my layered dulce de leche dessert recipe a try!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Chocolate cake + Dulce de leche = Pure Bliss!
Chocolate cake + Dulce de leche = Pure Bliss!

Once you have whipped up this divine layered dulce de leche dessert recipe, you may be wondering if it can be made in advance or stored for later. The answer is yes; this dessert can be assembled ahead of time and stored until ready to serve.

To make this recipe in advance, simply assemble the ingredients as directed in the recipe instructions, then cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator until needed. This dessert will keep, covered in the fridge, for up to three days.

When ready to serve, remove the dish from the refrigerator and set it on the counter for about an hour to allow it to come to room temperature. You can also opt to heat your oven on low and warm up individual servings of the dessert in it.

If you have leftovers, they can easily be stored in an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator. The layered dulce de leche dessert will remain fresh for up to three days.

When reheating individual servings of this delicious dessert, place them in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until they are heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes.

Regardless of how you choose to store or reheat this layered dulce de leche dessert, its taste and alluring aroma will remain just as tantalizingly magical as when it was first made.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Impress your guests with this show-stopping dessert!
Impress your guests with this show-stopping dessert!

To create the perfect layered dulce de leche dessert, there are a few tips and tricks that will ensure a delicious and visually appealing finished product. Here are my top tips for achieving bakery-level results:

1. Be precise with your measurements: It’s important to follow the recipe measurements carefully to ensure that the layers are evenly distributed and balanced in sweetness.

2. Use high-quality ingredients: Invest in good quality ingredients, particularly the dulce de leche cream, to achieve the best flavor possible.

3. Chill thoroughly: After each layer has been added, allow the dessert to chill thoroughly for at least 15 minutes before adding the next. This will help the layers set properly and prevent them from sliding or mixing together.

4. Smooth out each layer: Take care when spreading each layer, using a spatula or butter knife to get an even surface. This will make for a more appealing presentation when the dessert is sliced and served.

5. Experiment with different layering techniques: While this recipe calls for alternating between vanilla wafer layers and dulce de leche layers, feel free to get creative and try using different cake layers such as sponge cake or banana cake for added texture and flavor variation.

6. Add a decorative touch: Finish off your layered dulce de leche dessert with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or cocoa powder on top or garnish with fresh fruit like strawberries or edible flowers. This adds both a visual appeal and complementary flavors.

By following these tips, you’ll create a decadent layered dulce de leche dessert that tastes just as good as it looks!


Now, let’s dive into the frequently asked questions about the layered dulce de leche dessert recipe! With any new recipe, there may be some confusion or uncertainty regarding certain steps or ingredients. These FAQ should answer any of those lingering questions to ensure that your creation is nothing short of perfection. So, whether this is your first time making a dulce de leche dessert or you’re a seasoned pro, keep reading for some helpful tips and answers to common questions.

What flavors pair with dulce de leche?

A delicious and versatile ingredient commonly used in Latin desserts and pastries is dulce de leche. Its creamy texture and caramel flavor elevate many sweet treats and pair well with fruit and chocolate. Plus, it’s a perfect filling for cakes.

What is the difference between dulce de leche and caramel?

The appearances and flavors of caramel and dulce de leche may seem similar, although they are actually distinct in their method of preparation. Caramel is produced by gradually cooking a mixture of sugar and water until it caramelizes, while dulce de leche is created by simmering milk and sugar at a low heat until it transforms into a velvety, caramelized substance.

Does dulce de leche cake need to be refrigerated?

Storing your unopened container of dulce de leche in a cool, dry location such as a pantry is recommended. But, once you crack it open, it’s important to refrigerate it if you don’t plan to use it up within a couple of days.

What can I do with overcooked dulce de leche?

Have you ever found yourself with dulce de leche that is too thick? This can often occur when the sauce has been overcooked and too much liquid has evaporated. But don’t worry, there’s an easy fix! Simply blend the dulce de leche in a food processor or blender, adding in a small amount of cream or milk (beginning with just half a teaspoon) until it reaches your desired consistency. Remember, a little goes a long way!

Bottom Line

Desserts have a special place in our hearts and minds. They take us back to the moments of comfort, love and warmth that we cherish the most. As I present to you this Layered Dulce De Leche Dessert Recipe, I am confident that it will become a new favourite.

With its creamy de leche layer cake, soft vanilla wafer crunch and white chocolate flavour instant pudding mix, this dessert will make your taste buds dance with pleasure! Its caramel flavour will fill your soul with joy while its textures will leave you in awe.

The versatility of this recipe makes it perfect for any party, gathering, special moment or daily delight. You can pair it with a cup of coffee or tea, serve it at birthday parties, family dinners or even indulge in it as a snack. And the best part is? You can easily make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge without losing its quality.

So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and discover a whole new world of sweet delights! Join me on this sweet journey towards culinary excellence and add this layered dulce de leche dessert recipe to your list of best dulce de leche dessert recipes. Trust me, once you try it, you won’t be able to stop eating it!

Layered Dulce De Leche Dessert

Layered Dulce De Leche Dessert Recipe

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin American
Calories 188.2 kcal


  • 40 vanilla wafers, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups cold milk
  • 2 (4 ounce) packages jell-o instant white chocolate pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip, topping thawed
  • 1/4 cup kraft caramel topping


  • Chop 4 of the wafers; set aside.
  • Line a 9x5" loaf pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan.
  • Arrange 12 of the remaining wafers in single layer on bottom of prepared pan; set aside.
  • Pour milk into large bowl; add dry mixes and beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. (Mixture will be thick).
  • Gently stir in the whipped topping. Spoon one third of the pudding mixture over wafers in pan; top with 12 of the remaining wafers and 2 tablespoons of the caramel topping.
  • Repeat layers of pudding mixture, wafers and caramel topping. Cover with remaining pudding mixture and sprinkle with chopped wafers; press wafers gently into pudding mixture.
  • Freeze 4 hours or until firm.
  • Lift dessert from pan, using foil handles; remove foil.
  • Place dessert on serving platter and let stand 15 minutes to soften slightly before cutting into 12 slices.
  • Drizzle dessert slices lightly with additional Kraft caramel topping just before serving, if desired.
  • Store leftover dessert in freezer.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 71gCalories: 188.2kcalCarbohydrates: 24.3gProtein: 2gFat: 9.6gSaturated Fat: 5.7gCholesterol: 3.6mgSodium: 102.2mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 4.4g
Keyword Dessert, Easy, Frozen, Kosher, Mexican, Sweet
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.