Tres Leches Cake
I was recently brainstorming recipe to recreate from Better Homes and Gardens and I saw this Tres Leches Cake. Well it was a no-brainer for me. This recipe starts with a cake mix, which means it is extremely easy to make!
It is a cake that I rarely get to eat, but when I do, I cut myself the biggest slice possible. One of the places I used to work served Tres Leches Cake for office birthdays. I had never had anything like it. It quickly became a dessert I would be over the moon about.
The idea behind a Tres Leches Cake is that it is soaked in three different types of milk and usually served with whipped cream. This recipe, uses a combination of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. Can you say “swoon”?
Deciding on a pan to use was a little bit difficult. You need a deep-dish pan that you can use to soak up all the milk. I decided to use a bundt pan so I could cut the cake in half and build the layers. It was a little bit tricky, but I am going to share some tips with you!
After I allowed the cake to set in the pan for about 15-20 minutes, I removed it from the pan and allowed it to cool completely. Then I cut the cake in half, horizontally.
I lined the pan with plastic wrap first, so that after I poured the milk in, it wouldn’t stick to the pan. Then I put the top half of the cake in the bottom of the pan and poked holes all over it before pouring in some of the milk. Then top it with the second half and pour the remaining milk (less 1 cup). The more holes you can poke in the cake, the more likely it is that the milk will be absorbed.
When it was time to dress it up, I held a plate on top of the bundt pan and quickly flipped it over. Be sure to use a plate that has a high sidewall, because as the cake sits, the liquid “drains” a little bit.
In fact, the original recipe calls for you to reserve one cup of the milk the pour over the top of the cake. However, my cake was so full of liquid that I didn’t even need that extra cup of milk.I filled the middle with homemade whipped cream and berries, which I also used to decorate the top.
It was very difficult to keep this cake around the house over the weekend. I was dying to cut myself a slice, but I put up some serious restraint. I decided to share this cake with my coworkers instead. Needless to say, they were super excited.
I only made a slight adaption to the original recipe by adding one teaspoon of vanilla extract into the cake, otherwise I followed the original recipe very closely. I added some additional berries as well. Head over and check out the original recipe.
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