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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tres Leches Cake!

Tres Leches Cake is a Mexican cake that literally translates to "Three Milks Cake", which is because after you bake the cake and let it cool, you pour 3 different milks over the cake, which makes it moist and delicious! This cake is light and frosted with lightly sweetened whipped cream, and often has fruit as an accompaniment- completely delicious!

This cake might not be like anything you've had before, unless you've had Tres Leches Cake, because I'm hard pressed to think of an American cake that's anything like it. I've made this cake for my friends numerous times, and I even made it for my co-op last year (100 people or so)! So it really isn't as complicated as it looks, though there are some steps, it comes together easily and quickly. Feel free to experiment with adding vanilla to the whipped cream on top or adding fruit, or making this a layer cake (it is possible, though I've never done it! Some friends of mine had a giant Tres Leches layer cake as their wedding cake and it was fabulous and beautiful!)

First, you mix up the batter in one bowl, and whip the egg whites in another, then fold them together.

Here's the cake after baking, with the milks poured over it- I forgot to take a picture of the cake right out of the oven- oops!

And here's the cake after the milks have soaked in- it just soaks it right up- and the whipped cream for frosting!

And here's the finished cake! It may look humble, but it's fantastic!

Tres Leches Cake
The cake:
-5 egg yolks, lightly beaten, with 3/4 cup of sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/3 cup of milk
-1 cup flour
-1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-5 egg whites, whipped to peaks, with 1/4 cup sugar
The milks:
-1 can evaporated milk
-1 can sweetened condensed milk
-1/4 cup heavy cream
The frosting:
-1 cup heavy cream, whipped and lightly sweetened, for frosting

I hope you give this recipe a try and I hope you enjoy!!

Savor it!
love, rue

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