Lime Pudding Cake with Dulce de Leche Crust

Today I have  a wonderful light and absolutely delicious summer cake for you. It is is made with no flour and no margarine. It can easily be made soy and gluten-free. And, since it’s summer and most probably too hot for baking, you only need to bake it for 10 minutes. Yeah, technically it’s probably a tart or a pie but I like to call it cake because it looks so fancy.

I made this cake or tart for a friend’s birthday and she liked it a lot. Hazelnut and caramel flavours are perfect together and they are complemented by a lime and coconut scented pudding and topped with fresh fruit. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

Light summer cake

Lemon Pudding Cake with Dulce de Leche Crust
(17 cm [7 inch] springform pan)

For the crust:
250 g hazelnuts (2 cups)
90 g oats (1 cup)*
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 + 1/8 cup dulce de leche** or brown rice syrup/barley malt syrup
additional cornstarch

* check the package information for gluten-free oats
**choose almond milk instead of soy milk for a soy free dulce de leche

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Grease a 17 cm (7 inch) springform pan well and dust with cornstarch

In a food processor, grind nuts, oats, and cornstarch into a fine powder. Transfer to a bowl and add dulce de leche. Mix until a dough forms. Press dough into the pan and cover bottom and sides of the pan. Use a fork to poke some holes into the bottom and bake for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the filling.

For the filling:

240 ml (1 cup) soy or other nondairy milk
240 ml (1 cup) full fat coconut milk
75 g (1/4 plus 1/8 cup) sugar
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/3 teaspoon lime or lemon zest
40 g (1/4 cup) cornstarch

In a saucepan combine all ingredients and whisk well. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute until thickened, whisking constantly. Pour into baked and still hot crust. Let cool for 1 hour. Remove from pan and top with:

1 handful fresh blueberries
2 nectarines or peaches, sliced
1 tablespoon dulce de leche or brown rice syrup
1-2 tablespoons ground hazelnuts (optional)

Arrange fruit on top of filling and drizzle dulce de leche over fruit. Sprinke with hazelnuts (or crust crumbles if there are some that you haven’t eaten yet).


  • 4 years ago

    I made this tasty tart filled with deliciousness & loved it so much too.

    • Mihl
      4 years ago

      That’s great, thank you!

  • 8 years ago

    That sounds amazing! I absolutely love dulce de leche.

  • 8 years ago

    This cake is so pretty. I love peaches and blueberries together but this could work with so many other fruits. Apples in the fall… yummy.

  • 8 years ago

    That is so amazingly beautiful! It looks so fresh, vibrant, healthy, but still so decadent and delicious. In a word, perfect! ;)

  • 8 years ago

    That looks SO good! And not too fattening? I’ll tell myself that when I make it!

  • 8 years ago

    What a lucky friend! It looks wonderfully summery, and anything with full fat coconut milk has my attention! :D

  • 8 years ago

    Wow, das sieht verdammt toll aus – sobald ich wieder mal 5 Minuten Zeit hab, wird das nachgemacht. Hmmm ich kanns kaum erwarten.

  • 8 years ago

    This is a beautiful tart, and I’m filing it in my “make to impress the hostess” recipe box!

  • 8 years ago

    Wow, that looks great! I bet this would also be work well for little tartlets (I’m thinking picnic food).

    I love the photo too- the colours and composition are perfect.

  • jodye717
    8 years ago

    This looks beautiful, and I’m sure it tastes beautiful, as well! I love pudding cake but have only ever had a chocolate version. Lime sounds delightful!

  • Hello Veggie
    8 years ago

    Looks fantastic! Especially the crust!

  • 8 years ago

    this looks fantastic
    you have any idea where to get brown rice syrup in germany?
    last week i went to a store with an extra us section but couldn’t find one

    • 8 years ago

      Hallo Kati,

      das ist kein US-Produkt. Es gibt Reissirup z.B. von der Firma “Naturkornmühle Werz”. Ich bekomme ihn sowohl im Reformhaus als auch im Bioladen. Steht beim Honig, Agavendicksaft usw.

  • 8 years ago

    Mihl! THIS looks fantastic and I was convinced this would be very “involved” but you’ve made it completely do-able looking! I’ve not made a tart yet, time for me to try!

  • sensiblecooking
    8 years ago

    The picture is so tempting. All those summer fruits makes it irresistible.

  • 8 years ago

    anything with dulche de leche is a winner in my books!

  • 8 years ago

    Hazelnuts are possibly my favorite nut! I love them, and you are putting that amazing looking Dulce de leche to good use!!!!! YUM!

  • Elinor of Pride & Vegudice
    8 years ago

    Dayummm, that is pretty! :)

  • Amazing! What a beautiful cake… I need to make this stat- I’ve been wanting to do a lime dessert.

  • 8 years ago

    Mmmm, you had me at dulce de leche. So pretty.

  • 8 years ago

    Wow, this sounds just perfect for this summer heat! Nice one :)

  • 8 years ago

    Oh Mihl! That looks fantastical! I love the gorgeous photo. Makes me wanna eat it off my screen.

  • 8 years ago

    Beautiful presentation! It also sounds wonderful, of course!

  • 8 years ago

    That looks exquisite. I love the nectarines and blueberries with the lime pudding. This gives me ideas!!!

  • 8 years ago

    Your picture is gorgeous (as usual!) and the recipe sounds amazing – a perfect summertime treat!

  • 8 years ago

    Looks brilliant!! Mmm, hazelnuts and caramel…

  • 8 years ago

    Ummm…AMAZING! That looks beautiful.

  • 8 years ago

    This looks and sounds great!

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