The first time I've ever heard of Tres Leches cake is through the
Internet and I've been curious about trying it ever since. Tres Leches
is a popular cake in Latin American countries like Mexico, Nicaragua and
I found a couple of Tres Leches cake recipe that were
almost a like, I took bits and pieces from both recipes and incorporated
it into one. The recipe entails making a light butter cake and soaking
it with a what seems to be humongous amounts of glaze made out of three
kinds of milk - evaporated milk, condensed milk and half and half or
full cream . I took the half and half route since already I already
find the cake to be too rich since it's going to be topped off with
At first I was a little bit apprehensive when I
saw the three milk mixture was about one liter. I was afraid that if I
put all of it the the cake would turn mushy on me. But since most
recipes called for the same amounts of milk, I decided to trust the
recipe and cross my fingers and pray to the cake gods that the cake
would turn out okay.
After I've made and tried it, all I can say
is where have I been all this time? This is the first time I have ever
tried this cake... ever. So I have nothing to compare it from but I sure
did like it. I decided to test it with the family. The cake tastes
"like a flan" says my mom. Brother looks at the rather simple looking
cake, takes a bite, was quiet for a moment and finally said,"mmm... It
was bursting goodness in my mouth. I want this for my birthday". I
think we have a keeper.
The tres leches cake is the perfect cake
to bring for potluck diners. It's easy to whip up and I'm sure it will
truly impress your friends. Most tres leches cake recipes indicates
using 9" x 13" sheet pan. The resulting cake baked from this pan is
really short, about 1" high. If you want a higher cake, use a smaller
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Tres Leches Cake Recipe
Cake: 1 1/2 cups cake flour 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 5 large eggs 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Milk Glaze: 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk 1 cup half and half cream
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9"x13" sheet pan by lining with parchment paper.
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
butter with an electric mixer til light in color. Add sugar and beat
for another minute. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
Mix in the vanilla extract.
Add in the flour mixture and beat for a minute. Scrape down sides and beat for another minute.
Pour the batter in the prepared pan. Smooth top with spatula. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes.
the cake is baking, make the milk glaze by combining the condensed
milk, evaporated milk and half and half cream. Set aside.
cake is ready, take it out of the oven and poke some holes all over it
with a fork. Pour in 3 milk mixture while it is still hot. Let cool.
Chill for about 4 hours or overnight.
When cake is chilled, prepare the topping by whipping cream with sugar and vanilla until medium to stiff peaks form.
whipped cream on top of cake with a metal spatula. Or if you want to be
a bit fancier, use a pasty bag with a large round tip and pipe
continuous beads on top like in the picture. Cut into serving pieces and
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