Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake is a popular Latin American dessert known for its moist and creamy texture. Here’s a recipe to make this delicious cake:

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Three Milks Mixture (Tres Leches):

  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup whole milk

For the Whipped Cream Topping:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. Prepare the Cake Batter: In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with 3/4 cup of granulated sugar until pale and creamy. Stir in the whole milk and vanilla extract. Gradually fold in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  3. Whip Egg Whites: In a separate clean mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  4. Combine Batter: Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the cake batter until no streaks remain.
  5. Bake the Cake: Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Prepare the Three Milks Mixture: In a separate bowl, combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk. Mix well.
  7. Poke Holes in the Cake: Once the cake is baked and still warm, use a fork or skewer to poke holes all over the surface of the cake.
  8. Soak the Cake: Pour the three milks mixture evenly over the warm cake, allowing it to absorb the liquid. Cover the cake and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the cake to absorb the milk mixture completely.
  9. Make the Whipped Cream Topping: In a mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  10. Serve: Spread the whipped cream topping over the chilled cake. You can also garnish with cinnamon powder or fresh fruit if desired.
  11. Enjoy: Slice and serve the Tres Leches Cake chilled. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Tres Leches Cake is best enjoyed cold and is a perfect dessert for any occasion!

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