LOVE! Tres Leches Cake!

8 Oct


Whenever I’m at Whole Foods I will make sure I go and look at the desserts. They do a wonderful job there. I love beautiful desserts. Ok, I love ugly desserts too like dump cake, that ain’t very pretty but it sure is delicious! I never judge a dessert by its appearance! Never! I will try almost any dessert. I’m a caterer for goodness sake I have to see if it’s worthy of my customers first, right? 😉 I will almost never turn down something someone made. Even if I’m full I can usually endure one more fork full just to see how other people’s food taste and try to figure out how they made it. So, who I’m I kidding I always judge….my food and yes yours too. Gosh, sorry! I know you all do it too! Don’t judge me!

Setting all judging aside this cake is always a winner! Tres Leches (three milk) is seriously one of my favorite cakes and even probably one my favorite desserts. Spongy, milky, sweet and leaves you begging for another piece. I’m so sorry for all you lactose intolerance out there. Soooo sad! One bite might be worth it though, or not, because after the first bite it would just leave you in a state of frustration wanting more. You decide…

The first time I made this dessert was with my youngest sister Becky who lives in Okinawa Japan. Becky loves desserts equally like me. It’s a crazy madness. When we are together we certainly don’t help each other out on restraint. Whenever she is home I blame her for weight gain and vise-versa. Once again though it’s worth it. There’s nothing like cooking/baking with your family.

A sister is one of the most precious people in the story of your life. And you’ll always be together, whether you’re near or apart. Thank you Lord for my younger “twin” oxox.

Becky and my Hubby….Kent just can’t get enough of my sisters!

Oh, yah this is about my favorite cake…sift together the dry ingredients

20121007-134602.jpgSeparate the eggs and reserve the egg whites in another bowl. Mix the yolks and sugar until pale yellow


20121007-182953.jpgAdd the milk & vanilla

20121007-223818.jpgIn a large bowl pour the dry ingredients, and gently fold in the egg milky mixture. GENTLY! It shouldn’t look silky smooth, once there are no more visible dry flour STOP TOUCHING IT and set it aside



20121007-225404.jpgStart the egg whites (make sure your mixing bowl is clean and dry)

20121007-231032.jpgAdd sugar and whisk to stiff peeks


20121007-231228.jpgFold GENTLY into the egg/flour mixture. Your batter will look lumpy. This actually reminds me of a Belgium waffle mix……hhmmmm I just got an idea!

20121007-231625.jpgUse a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. No whisk!


20121007-231824.jpgPour into your prepared 9×13

20121007-231932.jpgWhen baking the cake will “puff” up quite a bit

20121007-232105.jpgWhile your cake is baking, mix together the three milk concoction. Seriously delicious….seriously. I add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

20121008-061444.jpgI always reserve just a tiny bit of sweetened condensed milk in the can, just a little treat 🙂

20121008-061724.jpgYup, that’s a straw….tempting

20121008-061843.jpgWhen your cake is done let it rest for about 5 minutes before you poke holes into it. You will notice the cake deflates quite a bit. This is normal

20121008-062104.jpgPour the 3 milk mixture completely over the cake. Now, two things…the recipe says for it to cool completely before you pour the milk on it. I have done it both ways, and I prefer doing it while it is still warm. Also, the recipe calls to reserve 1 cup of the milk mixture and just throw it away. BELIEVE ME, IT IS NOT TOO MUCH ON THE CAKE. DO NOT THROW AWAY! POUR IT ALL ON THE CAKE! ALL OF IT!

20121008-062556.jpgAll of it!

20121008-062704.jpgNow I put into the fridge to cool completely and then top with sweetened whipped heavy cream


20121008-063132.jpgI set the cake on top of a puddle of strawberry sauce. This little extra flavor makes you feel like you’re eating the best strawberry shortcake in your life!



20121008-063918.jpgGone! Stop judging me!


Tres Leches Cake

1 cup All-purpose Flour
1-1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
5 whole Eggs
1 cup Sugar, Divided
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/3 cup Milk
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 can Sweetened, Condensed Milk
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
1 pint Heavy Cream, For Whipping
3 Tablespoons Sugar

Preparation Instructions
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.

Recipe courtesy of Pioneer Woman.


2 Responses to “LOVE! Tres Leches Cake!”

  1. Becky 08/10/2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Sisters are the best and eating yummy food together just makes life that much better! Miss you so much! Definitely my favorite cake, too!

  2. Char Barto 08/10/2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Drool, Drool, Drool……..! Thank you, Tahny. And you took all of these photos of the process while you prepared this, didn’t you? Wow! You are amazing! And loving and beautiful, to boot! I thank God for you. You inspire me. Love, Char B.

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