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Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

 

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake is popular in many Latin American countries, as well as many areas of the United States. Literally, tres leches translates to 3 milks, which refers to the three types of milk used in the Tres Leches Cake recipe. This cake is not a typical cake; it is moist, not overly sweet, and topped with whipped cream. A delicious end to any meal. This is the cake my girls always ask for, even for their birthday’s.
 

Ingredients:

Cake:
1-1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 c sugar
5 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Milk Mixture:
2 c whole milk
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 12 oz can evaporated milk

Topping:
1-1/2 c heavy whipping cream
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cocoa powder, garnish (optional)


 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.
Grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.

To make the cake:
  1. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and beat well to incorporate.
  3. Slowly add the flour mixture, mixing until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake at 350° F for 25-30 minutes, until cake is golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

While cake is baking, prepare the milk mixture:

  • In a bowl or large measuring cup, add the milk, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk and stir to combine. Set aside.

When the cake has cooled:

  • Using a fork or wooden skewer, pierce the cake all over. It is important that you pierce it a lot so that the milk mixture can be absorbed. Once the cake has been thoroughly pierced, pour the milk mixture evenly over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

To finish the Tres Leches Cake:

  • In a large bowl, add the heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla. Beat on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until the whipped cream forms peaks. Top the cake with the whipped cream mixture and dust with cocoa powder, if desired.
Store cake in the refrigerator. (If there is anything left!)


 

Number of servings (yield): 18

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How to Make Tres Leches Cake

 

Sift Dry Ingredients

Sift Dry Ingredients

Sift the flour and baking powder together into a small bowl.

 

Beat Until Well Blended

Beat Until Well Blended

With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Gradually mix in the flour mixture until well combined.

 

Combine the three milks.

Combine the three milks. (Tres Leches)

Combine the whole milk, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk.

 

Poke Holes in Cake

Poke Holes in Cake

When the cake has cooled, use a fork to poke holes all over it. The more holes, the better. This is how the cake will absorb the milk mixture.

 

Pour Milk Over Cake

Pour Milk Over Cake

Pour the milk mixture over the cake. cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The cake will absorb the milk making a moist, almost custard like cake.

 

Top with Whipped Cream

Top with Whipped Cream

Beat heavy cream, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer until whipped and topping holds soft peaks. Spread over cake. Lightly dust with cocoa powder, if desired.

 

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

Delicious Tres Leches Cake! Be sure to keep any leftovers in the refrigerator.

 

 

 

Tres Leches Cake, 4.6 out of 5 based on 20 ratings
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