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Caribbean Tres Leches Cake Recipe

The words “tres leches” means three milks in Spanish. And true to its name, this cake is made with sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and whipping cream. These are the famous three milks. Because the cake is soaked in milk it must be refrigerated. Tres Leches Cake is extremely dense and moist but it will not become soggy.

1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 cup Unsalted butter
2 cups White sugar (divided)
5 Eggs
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract (divided)
1 cup Milk
1/2 of a 14 oz. can Sweetened condensed milk
1/2 of a 12 oz. can Evaporated milk
1/3 cup Rum or imitation rum extract
1 1/2 cups Heavy whipping cream

Oven Temp ~ 350°
Baking Time ~
Pan Type ~ 9 x 13 baking pan
Preheat oven, grease and flour the pan.
Sift flour and baking powder together, set aside. Cream the butter and 1 cup sugar together until fluffy. Add the eggs and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat well. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, 2 tablespoons at a time, mixing well until blended. Pour Caribbean cake batter into prepared pan. Bake Caribbean Tres Leches Cake for 30 minutes.

When cake has finished baking, pierce cake in 8 or 10 places with a fork or skewer and let it cool. Combine the whole milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk and liqueur, then pour over the top of cooled cake. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Whipped Cream Topping: When ready to serve, combine the whipping cream and the remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 cup of sugar, whipping until thick. Spread over top of Caribbean cake.

Because of the milk in the cake, it is very important that you keep the cake refrigerated until ready to serve.
Serve Tres Leches Cake chilled.

Serves 12
Nutrition facts:
Serving Size 150 g
Calories 430
Calories from Fat 163
Total Fat 18.1g 28%
Saturated Fat 10.7g 54%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 131mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 57.5g 19%
Sugars 45.0g
Protein 7.2g
Vitamin A 12% • Vitamin C 1% • Calcium 13% • Iron 6%

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When Baking with Butter:

Room temperature butter in the cake batter is one of the biggest cake baking mistakes. In fact, butter must be below 68° to trap air molecules and build structure. Otherwise, the fat will liquefy and the cake will be flat. To get “cool” butter, cut the chilled butter into chunks and let it sit in a bowl for 5 minutes before beating.

When Mixing Cake Batter:

You cannot over beat the eggs, sugar and butter, but you can over beat the flour. If you do, gluten will form and you will be making a quick bread instead of layer cake. Beat the flour just until there are no visible signs of dry flour, but not until the batter is completely smooth.

Cake Flour:

Cake flour is milled from soft wheat that has a lower gluten content and higher starch content than all-purpose flour. It helps to ensure a fluffy texture in cakes and pastries. A substitute for cake flour is to use all-purpose flour, but reduce the amount by 2 tablespoons per cup.

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The food choices that we make every day have a profound effect on the environment. From farm to spoon, growing our food, processing it and transporting it all use tremendous amounts of energy, water and chemicals. By making just a few small changes in our eating and buying habits, we can greatly reduce this impact. When we eat green, we help the environment by reducing global warming pollution and help ourselves by eating fresh and healthy food. Eat local from farmers in your own neighborhood!