Favorite Tres Leches Cake
Total TimePrep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + standing
- 6 eggs
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- MILK MIXTURE:
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 3 egg yolks, beaten
- 1/4 cup rum, optional
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 egg whites
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat eggs for 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar and vanilla; beat for 2 minutes or until mixture becomes thick and lemon-colored. Combine flour and baking powder; fold into egg mixture. Spread batter into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
- Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a wire rack. Poke holes in cake with a skewer, about 1/2 in. apart.
- In a small saucepan, bring the three milks to a boil over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; gradually stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks. Return all to pan, stirring constantly. Stir in rum if desired. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes.
- Slowly pour milk mixture over cake, allowing mixture to absorb into cake. Let stand 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
- In a large heavy saucepan, combine frosting ingredients over low heat. With a hand mixer, beat on low speed 1 minute. Continue beating on low over low heat until frosting reaches 160°, about 14-18 minutes.
- Pour into a large bowl; beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Spread over cake. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 357 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 143mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 0 fiber), 10g protein.
Dec 30, 2015
I made this cake for my husband's birthday. It's one of his favorite cakes and It turned out pretty good, although I felt that there was too much milk mixture. I also used a seafoam frosting rather than the topping given here.
Apr 28, 2014
I want to make this cake but am confused--Does it use six eggs for the cake and an additional six for the milk mixture and frosting? I looked at another recipe that called for a total of five eggs.
May 2, 2013
The extra 1/4 cup of rum is added to the liquid that's poured on top, not to the cake batter. It'll be 2 oz less liquid than the approximately 32 oz of liquids that you pour on top of the cake. It shouldn't make much difference, except that it won't taste like rum.
Apr 29, 2013
I am curious, it says that the 1/4 cup of rum is optional. I don't care for the taste of alcohol so prefer to omit it; however leaving out 1/4 cup of liquid isn't the same as leaving out a tablespoon of liquid. How does it affect the final outcome of the cake? Are there any other adjustments that need to be made?
Apr 18, 2012
Hi - You can simply use a whisk as an alternative to the hand mixer. You should beat the frosting ingredients over low heat until the frosting reaches 160 degrees. It should take about the same amount of time, but a bit more elbow grease. The point of this exercise is to get the eggs up to proper temperature (160 degrees.) Then simply follow the remaining directions: Pour into a large bowl; beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes.
Apr 18, 2012
I've always wanted to try Tres Leches cake and since this is someone's fav, I'd like to make it. But I have no saucepans without a non-stick interior, so cannot use a mixer in them. Can someone suggest a modified way to make the frosting?