I haven’t had a ‘Tres Leches Cake’ for years! I decided to ask a family member for the recipe so I can make my own. Wednesdays in my house are Pizza Wednesday and the Hubby and I’s (is that a word? I’s?? Hmm..) cheat day. So of course, I made it! Not really clear if this is an old family recipe or one my had found but here it is.
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
5 eggs; separated
1 c sugar; divided
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (I used plain vanilla extract)
1/3 c milk
1- 12oz can evaporated milk
1- 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 c heavy cream
1 pint heavy cream
3 Tbsp sugar
First preheat your oven to 350*, then spray a 9*13 pan with cooking spray.
Next you are going to combine your flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside. Divide your eggs into two separate bowls.
Beat the egg yolks with 3/4c of the sugar until the yolks are a pale yellow color. Stir in milk and the vanilla.
Pour the egg mixture over the flour mixture and mix gently. Then you are going to beat your egg whites until you start seeing soft peaks began to form. With your mixer still on, you are going to add the remaining sugar. Beat until the egg whites are stiff but not dry.
Gently fold egg whites into the flour mixture until well combined. Pour into your prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes.
While that is cooling you will mix your condensed milk, evaporated milk and 1/4 cup of the heavy cream in a small pitcher.
Pierce cake with a fork several times then drizzle the milk mixture over the cake. Allow the cake to absorb over night in the fridge. *Make sure to cover the cake while it is in the fridge*
Whip 1 pint of the heavy cream with 3Tbsp of sugar until thick. Using a chilled bowl; whisk two minutes. Spread on top of cake, cut and serve.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the icing part, Sorry.
As with all things, not everyone is going to enjoy it. When we ate this, only me, my five year old and my one year old liked it. My husband and ten year old said that they really liked the frosting but the cake itself was hard to eat. The wet, “soggy” texture was too much. O’well, así es la vida!