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Tres Leches Cake

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Level: Easy

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Description

To-die-for moist cake made in many Latin American countries. You have to make it to believe it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 5 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar, Divided
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ⅓ cups Milk
  • 1 can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 can Sweetened, Condensed Milk
  • ¼ cups Heavy Cream
  • _____
  • FOR THE ICING:
  • 1 pint Heavy Cream, For Whipping
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan liberally until coated.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Separate eggs.

Beat egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar on high speed until yolks are pale yellow. Stir in milk and vanilla. Pour egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir very gently until combined.

Beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. With the mixer on, pour in remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until egg whites are stiff but not dry.

Fold egg white mixture into the batter very gently until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and spread to even out the surface.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn cake out onto a rimmed platter and allow to cool.

Combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream in a small pitcher. When cake is cool, pierce the surface with a fork several times. Slowly drizzle all but about 1 cup of the milk mixture—try to get as much around the edges of the cake as you can.

Allow the cake to absorb the milk mixture for 30 minutes. To ice the cake, whip 1 pint heavy cream with 3 tablespoons of sugar until thick and spreadable.
Spread over the surface of the cake. Decorate cake with whole or chopped maraschino cherries. Cut into squares and serve.

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manumaan on 3.6.2013

What do you do with the reserved 1 cup of milk mix?

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Christine on 1.21.2011

Heee! This is the best cake that I’ve gotten constant good reviews from! So delicious, I’ve decorated them with maraschino cherries and with tangerines. My brother-in-law saw exactly what it was once the frosting was cleared away (he used to be a server) so that was even more :D.

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sami13 on 1.15.2011

I made this cake for a family function and it was AMAZING!!!!!!!! so light and airy! I will be making this one again and again!

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angarcher on 12.4.2010

I wish I would have had a camera to capture the moment my daughter and I took our first bit of cake…even without the whipped cream topping. I think there was swooning involved. Ree’s Tres Leche Cake is one of the most delicious desserts…ever. Simple recipe, easy to make, and loads of flavor! I plan to make one for our family Christmas and top with chocolate shaving.

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megeb on 5.20.2010

WoW! my brother asked me to make him a tres leches cake for his 21 birthday. i found this recipe, and it look amazing so…. i made it , and it was awsome! my little brother ate it! he is 10. i had to get photographic evidence of that MONUMENTAL event he is A VERY PICKY eater.
so thank for the recipe!

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The Girly Girl Cooks on 6.29.2014

This has become one of my favorite cakes of all time!

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insanesquash on 5.13.2013

This cake was delicious, I put it back in the pan after poaking it full of holes so that it could soak up the milk overnight in the refrigerator, and just frosted it before serving. It was among the best cakes I’ve ever had, divine. I will make it again!

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Heather Anderson on 8.27.2012

YUM! Easy to follow recipe, turned out perfect and everyone loved it! I put fresh raspberries and blueberries on top. This will be my new go-to dessert for every occassion!

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aimee37 on 8.23.2011

Made this yesterday for my Mom’s birthday. I knew that I should probably let it set for a few hours, but I ran out of time…but it was a hit even though it only sat for an hour or so! Even my meat & potatoes dad loved it! Can’t wait to try the leftovers today :)

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KarinB on 6.29.2011

Make this cake! I am such a novice baker and followed the instructions to a tee and it came out beautifully. I had never experienced this type of cake before and after first bite I immediately felt a since of sadness for the 32 years that I’ve had without it. It’s that good. It’s eat for breakfast good (it’s got milk right??) Make it, you won’t be sorry!

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