How to Make Tres Leche Cake

Tres Leche Cake

Tres Leche Cake is popular in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America and many parts of the Caribbean.

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Tres Leche Cake

Prep 20 min
Cook 40 min

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients for Cake:

  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 5 large eggs, separated
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 1/3 cup milk
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method For the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9- by 13-inch cake pan.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  • Separate the eggs. Beat the egg yolks with 3/4 cup of the sugar on high speed until the yolks are pale yellow.
  • Stir in the milk and vanilla. Pour the egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir very gently until combined.
  • Beat the egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form, with the mixer on, pour in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until the egg whites are stiff but not dry.
  • Fold the egg white mixture into the batter very gently until just combined.
  • Spoon into the prepared pan and spread to even out the surface.
  •  Bake until the cake is done, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan, and then turn out (upside down) onto a rimmed platter.

Ingredients for Tres Leches Mixture:

  1. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  2. One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  3. One 12-ounce can evaporated milk

Method For the tres leches:

  • Combine the heavy cream, evaporated milk and condensed milk in a small pitcher.
  • Pierce the surface of the cake with a fork several times.
  • Drizzle the milk mixture over the top and allow the cake to sit and absorb the milk mixture.
  • Don’t worry about totally soaking the cake! That’s what you want.

Ingredients for Icing:

  1. 1 pint heavy cream, for whipping
  2. 3 tablespoons sugar
  3. Maraschino cherries, to decorate

Method For the icing:

  • Whip the cream with the sugar.
  • Spread it evenly over the top and sides of the soaked cake and decorate with maraschino cherries.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Several hours is fine.
  • The cooler the cake, the better!

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