Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tres Leche Torta Para Mis Tres Amores . . .

. . . Three Milk Cake For My Three Loves

What better treat for my husband and two kids for Valentine's Day?  For those of you that are not familiar, Tres Leche Cake is a cake popular in Latin America.  It is normally made with a very spongy cake then soaked in three milks:  sweetened condensed, evaporated and heavy cream.  To get such a spongy texture most of the recipes use several eggs.  This has been one of my biggest changes to make egg-free!  The result is a cross between cake and pudding.  It is so rich and delicious!  I don't know if would best be served with a fork or a spoon.  I do think this would be quite the treat for your own egg-free loves this Valentine's Day.

Tres Leche Cake

4 T butter or margarine
1 c sugar
2 c flour
1 T baking powder
1 c whole milk
½ t pure vanilla

Three Milks:
½ c heavy cream
1 c condensed milk
1 c evaporated milk

3/4 cup heavy cream
1 t vanilla
1 T sugar
Fresh strawberries, sliced

Preheat oven to 350°.  Cream together sugar and butter.  Slowly mix in flour and baking powder.  While mixing, slowly pour in milk and vanilla.  Mix until fully incorporated.  Immediately, pour into a greased 8” square baking pan and bake for about 35 minutes.  Do not let the batter sit out before baking.  This recipe has a lot of baking powder and will start rising quickly. 

Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack.  Once the cake is cool, poke holes all over the top of the cake with a straw.  In a blender, combine the evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream and blend on high speed.  Pour three milk mixture evenly over cake.  Cover the cake and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Before serving, prepare the whipped topping.  In a chilled mixing bowl beat heavy cream on high.  While beating, add in the vanilla and sugar. Beat on high speed until peaks form. Spread over the cake and top with fresh strawberries.
Serves 9 

 Here is a picture of the cake after soaking all night in the milk mixture.  This gives you an idea about how many holes to poke in the cake.

The finished cake with whipped topping prior to cutting.

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