Chocolate Rum and Dulce De Leche Pie

The first time I made my own birthday cake, I baked a yellow cake with a dulce de leche filling and a dark chocolate frosting. It was wildly delicious, but I haven’t made my own birthday cake since then (although I have baked quite a few for other people, like this Hummingbird Cake and this Cointreau Double Chocolate Cake). For my birthday last year, I posted about Double Chocolate Cookies with Boozy Cherries and the year before that, I posted about… cabbage. (Yes, cabbage.)

But this year, for my birthday, well this year is special.

This year was the first birthday I celebrated in Manila in 10 years (!!) And because I’m on a very long extended vacation, I felt like I was actually celebrating my birthday for a month. So I made something that combines some of my very favorite things – a cake (or really, a pie) worthy of a special celebration: Chocolate Rum and Dulce de Leche Pie.

Another thing worth noting: this was also the year I conquered my fear of using a spring form pan.

You see, I’ve been avoiding that little baking… contraption. I’m always scared that my baked goods will get trapped and crack and crumble in the pan. Every time I made a cheesecake, I’ll opt to make it in a square pan, making cheesecake bars instead. Or in a muffin tin, making individual litte cheesecakes. But not this year!

This year, I successfully made a pie, pressed graham cracker crumbs up and down the sides and bottom of the spring form pan, ran a hot knife around the finished product before pressing the release hinge, and voila! A pretty pie with only a few semi-bald spots.

Because my drizzling skills are not to be trusted, I opted to do a swirly pattern of dulce de leche on top. Turns out I’m not very good at that either. So it’s not the prettiest pie I’ve ever made (that award will go to this Salted Chocolate Banoffee Pie). Some may not even consider this pie, because it doesn’t involve flaky pie crust.

But to me, this Chocolate Rum and Dulce de Leche Pie is beautiful (and delicious). Because this is the birthday pie that I was able to share with my family right beside me.

As soon as I saw a recipe for a Chocolate Stout and Dulce de Leche Icebox Cake from The Beeroness, I knew I wanted to make my own using rum. I love rum in baked goods (as evidenced here, here, and here) and I knew it would pair well with chocolate and dulce de leche. The original recipe is a no-bake recipe (icebox referring to the refrigerator or freezer), but I wanted my graham cracker crust to be a little bit firmer, almost cookie-like, so I still baked my crust for 10 minutes.

The chocolate rum filling is almost like a light chocolate cream pie filling (or a heavy chocolate mousse filling), while the dulce de leche cream topping is as wonderful as it sounds. Topped with even more dulce de leche, each cool, creamy forkful is a chocolaty caramel delight with a hint of the warm flavors of rum.

Chocolate Rum and Dulce de Leche Pie



2 cups finely ground graham crackers
2 tablespoons brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, melted


1/2 cup dark rum
10 oz milk chocolate chips
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Dulce De Leche Cream

1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
2/3 cup dulce de leche (plus more for drizzling on top)


  1. Make the crust. Mix graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a medium bowl. Add melted butter; stir until well combined. Transfer crumb mixture to a buttered spring form pan, pressing evenly onto bottom and sides. Bake until crust is lightly golden, about 10 minutes.
  2. Make the filling. Place the chocolate in a medium microwave0safe bowl and heat for 1 minute, then remove from microwave and stir. Heat again for 30 seconds. Pour rum into bowl and stir into chocolate until smooth. (If needed, you can microwave for an additional 30 seconds to melt everything together.) Cool completely.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream and sugar and beat on high until you can form soft peaks. Slowly fold in chocolate rum mixture, and gently stir to combine.  Spread filling over crust and let it set in the freezer while you make the top layer.
  4. Make the dulce de leche cream. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream and sugar and beat on high until you can form soft peaks. Slowly fold in dulce de leche, and gently stir to combine.  Spread cream on top of the chocolate layer and freeze until set, for at least an hour.
  5. To release from pan, run a sharp knife in between the crust and sides of the pan, and slowly lift pan to release. Do the same for the bottom of the pan. Drizzle remaining dulce de leche on top before serving or make a swirly pattern. (You can heat the dulce de leche in the microwave first if it's too thick.) For the swirls, make four thick parallel lines of dulce de leche on top of the pie. Lightly run knife across the lines perpendicularly, letting the dulce de leche drag across to form swirls.

adapted from The Beeroness

This is a perfect celebration pie – cold, sweet, creamy, and indulgent. It made for a very happy birthday indeed!

If you’re interested in more dulce de leche recipes, check out my favorites:

Oatmeal Dulce de Leche Bars (or Caramelitas)

Salted Dulce de Leche Macaroons

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

What was the last treat you made for your birthday or for someone else? Please share in the comments section!


26 Responses to “Chocolate Rum and Dulce De Leche Pie”

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    Kathryn posted January 24, 2014 at 7:17 am

    This is one good-looking pie! It sounds amazing too – I love the combination of rum and chocolate and the addition of dulce de leche just pushes it over the top delicious.

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    Megan posted January 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    This sounds so decadent! And it looks beautiful! I made an ice cream cake for my brother and a chocolate-raspberry layer cake for my sister for their birthdays this past summer.

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    Choc Chip Uru posted January 25, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Not only does this look delicious, it also must taste absolutely gorgeous :D


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    Joanne posted January 25, 2014 at 6:59 am

    YES to overcoming your springform fears and WOW to this pie! It is seriously a masterpiece. Happy birthday love!

  5. #
    Meghan posted January 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    This looks soooo decadent and delicious! Last treat I made was an Irish whiskey chocolate cake for a family brunch.

  6. #
    yummychunklet posted January 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    What a gooey and delicious looking pie!

  7. #
    Jess posted January 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Looks delicious! :)

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    Cailee @ posted January 26, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Wow!! This looks so amazing!! I’m literally salivating over here!! YUM!! I hope that you have a great week!!

  9. #
    Lucy posted January 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Ooh, I can never resist anything involving dulce de leche so this post has made me very hungry! The cheesecake looks absolutely gorgeous – happy birthday!

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      Bianca Garcia posted January 26, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Thanks, Lucy! It IS hard to resist anything with Dulce de leche!

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    Shannon posted January 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    looks like a perfectly amazing way to celebrate :) happy birthday!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted January 27, 2014 at 7:45 am

    This pie sounds so good!! Yum!

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    The Squishy Monster posted January 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    In true chocoholic form, you’ve created this incredible delight-00yum!

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    Jersey Girl Cooks posted January 27, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Oh, wow, ths looks good!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted January 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    That first cake you baked yourself sounds really good! That’s so funny that you were scared of a springform pan…i’m glad you overcame your fear. They’re really the best kind of pans and do the opposite of what you feared- things come out SO MUCH EASIER. Wow, this pie sounds heavenly. And your marbling on top looks great!

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    honeywhatscooking posted January 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    omg, you are gonna fatten me up! :-)
    This looks heavenly! Very creative. Love it.

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    grace posted January 29, 2014 at 4:15 am

    my dear, this is absolute decadence! what a treat, certainly worthy of such a special celebration. :)

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs posted January 31, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I hope you had such a wonderful birthday Bianca! The pie you baked looks beyond terrific, and that dulce de leche drizzle is calling my name. What a treat! <3

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    Rachel @ A Sweet Muddle posted February 2, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Your pie looks amazing Bianca, and I love the effect of your dulce de leche drizzle :) I hope you had a fantastic birthday month. Lucky you!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Rachel. Enjoy the rest of the Sunday!

  19. #
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted February 5, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    A little late but I do hope you had a great birthday! This cake looks major!

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    dina posted March 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    what a gorgeous pie. it looks delicious.


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