Tres Leches Cake – Three Milk Mexican Cake

Post number 350, it shows on the right side… Am I excited? Definitely… but am I really excited? I don’t know… there has been times when I have wanted to close down the blog. Another option I have been playing with is to finish off the 60+ drafts for which I had painstakingly taken pictures of and take a break from blogging till I feel that I am ready to come back to it with the same frame of mind that I had started this blog with. I started this blog just like a diary of all sorts – of recipes, of my ups, of my downs, of my thoughts, of my ramblings… and so far, it has been so. The way my life has moved has been so etched to this blog. I have as much as I could, toned down my words, so that only I would understand, and the people who are intended to understand, would also know…

 

I have to say that my energy levels still come from the hits and the lovely comments that I get on this page. That is the main reason, why I still cook something new at least once a week, and click the pictures so that I can post it in order. That is the reason why I am still a part of challenges. That is the reason why I am still wanting to host events at my space. The personal connection that has come with this blog has been immense. I will share with you a peep into one of the emails that I had received from one of the sisters recently, who was tempted by the Spicy Chicken Pizza post and had a few doubts regarding the recipe:

May Allah help you in
making your blog useful to all the women like me. You will definitely get a
reward from Allah for doing such a wonderful job.Β May Allah give you
baraqat in everything you do. Aameen.

This is what makes me overwhelmed, this is what keeps me going… I never knew that sharing recipes and being frank on matter of the heart could bring in so many good words and blessings, Alhamdulillah… I must say that this 350 comes inclusive of all the lovely bloggers who have been guests at my space and the events I have hosted till now. I sincerely appreciate all the goodness that has come as a part of this blog to me, and InShaAllah, wish to be ever sincere in my intentions till how much ever my energy takes me to blogging on and on… πŸ™‚

 

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For this special post – Here is the cake I baked for our anniversary last month! This is my first attempt at baking the Tres Leches Cake – which is a Mexican delicacy, a cake soaked in three milks, as the name suggests. I was really a bit worried when I was baking this, however reading through a lot of reviews as to how awesome this cake tastes, I just wanted to try it. I really wanted to see how the sponge would fare after pouring almost three cups of liquid into it. To my surprise, the cake soaked it up all and still maintained its sturdiness! Only the corners, I felt was slightly a bit more soaked up, but must say that it just tasted so good. Another thing I was worried about was the sweetness, and therefore I used lesser sugar in the sponge than mentioned in the recipe. The cake was really mild, with no show of whatsoever of the sweetness of the condensed milk, which I suppose was neutralized by the effect of the evaporated milk and the cream. Yes, a cake full of calories but when it is for a celebration, then why not? Since it was my first time, I did not do any playing around with the flavors, but definitely would love to make this cake – maybe in coffee flavor!!! Let’s see, when the time will come… πŸ™‚

I must definitely say that it was well received by the family. I thought the cake was big enough that I could distribute around, but coming to see, the kids and the B ate up almost half of the cake! Even the die-hard chocoholic Rasha took two servings! My HD thought it tasted really professional! πŸ™‚ So glad he liked it… I bought a small portion for my colleagues, who thought it was a different tasting cake. I had only 1/4 remaining, which was then wiped up the next day for tea. Definitely, highly recommended to try, you will not regret the effort and waiting time for sure…Β Recipe adapted from here

 

To have a look at all the #50s and anniversary posts that I have done till date, you can see it here!!!

Linking it to the ongoing Bake Fest #31 happening at my space

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Tres Leches Cake - Three Milk Mexican Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 -10
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • FOR SPONGE CAKE:
  • 5 large eggs separated
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • FOR TRES LECHES:
  • 1 can 400 ml evaporated milk
  • 1 can 397 ml condensed milk
  • 100 gm thick cream
  • FOR TOPPING:
  • 1 sachet Dream whip prepared as per instructions
  • OR
  • 250 ml pack diary whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 packet candied mixed fruits for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Generously butter a 13 x 7 inch pan and set aside. (I used my large glass pan).
  • In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar till pale yellow.
  • Add the milk and vanilla and beat till combined.
  • Add the egg mixture to the flour and combine without any lumps.
  • In a clean bowl, with cleaned and wiped beaters, whip the egg whites with 2 tbsp sugar till peaks are formed, but not dry.
  • Add the egg whites into the batter and fold gently to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and using the spatula, flatten the top.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes till the top is set and the tester comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely.
  • In a pitcher, prepare the tres leches by combining the condensed milk, evaporated milk and cream with a whisk.
  • Poke all over the cake using a fork. Slowly pour the mixture, one cup at a time, on all the corners and center of the cake.
  • Pour in three to four intervals allowing the cake to soak up the liquid. You may pour all the liquid, or keep aside a cup of it for serving later, if you feel it is too much for the cake to soak. I used up all the liquid for the cake. Leave the cake overnight for it to soak up all the milk.
  • Beat the whipping cream with the icing sugar till stiff, or if using non-diary whipping powder, then prepare a sachet as per instructions.
  • Spread out using a spatula on top and draw patterns with a fork. Sprinkle the candied fruits on top. Chill for an hour for the whipped cream to set.
  • Slice and devour!!!

Join the Conversation

  1. what a yummy cake dear, its toooo good.congrats on ur 350th post wishes to see 1000 soon

    1. Thank you so much Babitha…

  2. ur cake looks sponge …and wonderful mouth watering recipe…the photo clicks also great…

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  3. Congrats dear… Cake looks amazing πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Preeti… πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats Rafee and keep going πŸ™‚
    And what a lovely cake – I love the photos too, especially that first one πŸ™‚

    1. Oh… so glad that u thought the pics r good dear!!! Thanks a lot… πŸ™‚

  5. The cake looks awesome. Must taste great, this cake is baked to perfection. Absolutely yum.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  6. Congrats dear..love your blog andlove your recipes. Keep it coming πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Priya… πŸ™‚

  7. Congrats Rafeeda. Cake looks super.

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  8. Congrats dear…awesome cake and lovely click..

    1. Thank you so much Resnadee…

  9. Congrats dear on your 350th post! Seems like only yesterday you posted your 300th post! Do stay, we love you here!
    Awesome cake, this is one cake I have not tried due to the reasons you have mentioned, always thought it will be a soggy messy cake! And I don't get evaporated milk here. Your cake looks lovely!

    1. I'm seriously humbled by ur comments Beulah… even I was shocked when I saw I had completed 50 posts just too soon!!! Thanks a lot dear 4 ur support…

  10. looks yum and congrats on your 350th post. just keep on going, ups and downs are part of life.

    1. Thank you so much Linsy…

  11. Congratulation for 350th post rafee…. My family love this soaked cake…still have to blog about it…your looks so perfect and yum..

    1. Yes… just an awesome cake in all sense! Thanks a lit Bhawna…

  12. Cake adipoli… vere onnum parayaanilla…. oru piece kittiyenkkil… happy cooking…

    1. Thank you so much Preetha chechi…

  13. lovely cake.. perfect for celebration..

    1. Thank you so much Laxmi…

  14. Congards Rafee .cake looks utterly delicious and i dont hesitate to say that this is by far the best photo in ur blog dear..lovely capture..

    1. Oh… thank u so much Suhaina… glad 2 know u liked the pics…

    1. Thank you so much Sangeetha…

  15. Many congratulations on ur 350 th post .Cake looks so tempting, with the props adding some more value to the cake .

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  16. Congrats rafee.. Wish you many more such milestone s. We love your blog n yur writing style.dont even bring the thoughts of stopping

    1. Thank you so much Smitha 4 ur lovely words…

  17. congrats for the post, wish for long way to go good capture, and seriously hot sweet πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much Aparna… πŸ™‚

  18. Hey congrates rafzz..Interesting, can't say a word.Looks so perfect and good.Keep rocking dear

    1. Thank you so much Shobana…

  19. Congrats Rafee and stay blessed always. This such an awesome looking cake and I want to bake this soon may be for my birthday next week πŸ˜‰

    1. Highly recommended Rekha… u will definitely like it… thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  20. Congratssss.. mouth watering dish

    1. Thank you so much Haffa…

  21. Congratulations Rafeeda on your milestone…I love reading your posts especially the quotes you share..and yes…comments and mails from readers are real boosters to keep us going isn't it..I'm sure you will be rewarded aptly by the Almighty for all the efforts you put.
    The cake looks gorgeous and absolutely delicious dear.

    1. Thank you so much Kaveri for ur lovely comments, really appreciate…

  22. Masha Allah!!! Cake looks so perfect and moist dear!!! I wish Many more feathers added to your cap..In sha allah

    1. JazakAllah Khair Fareen…

  23. congrats on your 350th post,too yummy!!!

    1. Thank you so much Julie…

  24. Tres leches looks spongy and delicious!! Congrats on your 350th post!!! Once a week post is even getting hard for me now, don't know how you mange it πŸ™‚ Keep up the spirit and inspire lazy ones like me πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Shibi… πŸ™‚

  25. Keep going….know dis cake very well,but never tried til me..luks so ft n fluffy.want a big slice..;)

    1. Thank you so much Usha… πŸ™‚

  26. Congratz for 350 th post ………….Wau………..so beautiful and yummy itz really inspiring the lazy me…….. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

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