Classic Tres Leches Cake Recipe

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Classic Tres Leches Cake Recipe
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Classic Tres Leches Cake Recipe

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Tres Leche means "three milk." This cake gets its name because it uses three kinds of milk—evaporated, condensed and cream. This cake's light and airy texture has made it a classic in Mexican kitchens for generations. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
MAKES:
10 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:
10 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup cake flour
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Sliced fresh strawberries and dulce de leche, optional

Directions

Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Line bottom of a 9-in. springform pan with parchment paper; grease paper.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. In another large bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, beating on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Fold in flour, a third at a time.
Add salt to egg whites; with clean beaters, beat on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form. Fold a third of the whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites. Gently spread into prepared pan.
Bake until top springs back when lightly touched, 20-25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Place cake on a rimmed serving plate. Poke holes in top with a skewer. In a small bowl, mix cream, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and extracts; brush slowly over cake. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours.
For topping, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until peaks form. Spread over top of cake. If desired, top with strawberries and dulce de leche just before serving. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Tres Leches Cake in Taste of Home's Mexican Recipe Cards

  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup cake flour
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Sliced fresh strawberries and dulce de leche, optional
  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Line bottom of a 9-in. springform pan with parchment paper; grease paper.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. In another large bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, beating on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Fold in flour, a third at a time.
  3. Add salt to egg whites; with clean beaters, beat on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form. Fold a third of the whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites. Gently spread into prepared pan.
  4. Bake until top springs back when lightly touched, 20-25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Place cake on a rimmed serving plate. Poke holes in top with a skewer. In a small bowl, mix cream, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and extracts; brush slowly over cake. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours.
  6. For topping, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until peaks form. Spread over top of cake. If desired, top with strawberries and dulce de leche just before serving. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Tres Leches Cake in Taste of Home's Mexican Recipe Cards

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

"So delicious doesn't need changed at all!!"

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