This Tres Leches Cake recipe makes a very delicious and authentic version of the beloved Mexican dessert. Make this crowd-pleasing dessert for any occasion – it’s simple, easy and absolutely yummy!
It’s a spongy vanilla cake, soaked in a sweet blend of 3 kinds of milks – whole, condensed and evaporated milks and hence the name Tres Leches, with a topping of fresh whipped cream. This brings the grand total of milk-versions on the finished cake to 4.
I generally do not prefer the flavor of milk. My cereal and milk bowl is usually more cereal with a tiny splattering of milk (or sometimes it’s just cereal and no milk :P)But there is something about this cake that makes it very appetizing, even for a non-milk person like me. This blend of different kinds of milk creates a magical flavor that meets anyone’s heart!
For the Cake
3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp kosher salt
1.5 cups whole milk
8 egg whites
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup sour cream
For the Tres Leche Mixture:
3/4 cup whole milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
For the Frosting:
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350℉.
In a large bowl mix together your flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Next, mix in your butter, egg whites, milk, vanilla extract and sour cream. Beat until combined
Line your cake pan with parchment paper, pour the batter and spread evenly. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let the cake cool to room temperature.
Combine the whole milk, evaporated milk and condensed milk in a large bowl, whisk together and set aside.
To a stand mixer add heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract. Beat on high until whipped. You can use a hand mixer if you don’t have a stand mixer, or good old elbow grease and a whisk should also do the trick.
Fold in cream cheese and beat.
Poke holes all over the cake and slowly drizzle on the tres leches on the cake
Add the frosting and garnish with some cinnamon powder.
Grab a fork and enjoy the fruits of your labor!!
CAN I MAKE TRES LECHES CAKE IN ADVANCE?
This cake does well in the fridge for a day or two.
CAN I FREEZE A TRES LECHES CAKE?
You can freeze the cake, but just the cake! When you’re ready to serve add the milk mixture and frosting.
When pouring the milk mixture over the cake, go as slowly as possible. Drizzle a little bit evenly over the surface, let it sink in, then do a bit more.
Try not to hit the bottom of the pan when you poke your holes, which will keep the most liquid in the cake.
Try it for yourself and let me know if you find it just as delicious!
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