Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

I got this recipe from Matt's work is having a contest on Friday to see who can bring the best Mexican food. Matt really wanted me to give Tres Leches a try. I was a little hesitant thinking it would be kinda gross to eat soggy, milky cake but I have to say, it is sooooooo good! I'm so glad we tried it out and it was really easy. I think we have a good shot at winning the gift card from Matt's boss. The cake is so moist and the taste is fantastic. You should definitely give this a go! I'll let you know how the contest turns out. :)

Tres Leches

5 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 cups milk
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9x13 inch baking pan.
Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.
Cream butter or margarine and 1 cup of the sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla extract, beat well.
Add the flour mixture to the butter or margarine mixture 2 tablespoons at a time, mix until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Pierce cake several times with a fork.
Combine the whole milk, evaporated milk, and condensed milk together. Pour over the top of the cooled cake.
Whip whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup of the sugar together until thick. Spread over the top of cake. Be sure and keep cake refrigerated, enjoy!


Melissa said...

I tried a tres leches cake while we were in NYC for Cinco de Mayo. It was AWESOME. Can't wait to try this recipe.
Sooooo...did you guys win?

Steff said...

We got second place. :( Boo hoo. Matt SAID it was because we split the vote with our tortilla soup. He was probably just trying to make me feel better though. I probably shouldn't complain since we still won a gift card. I did get the first place winner's recipe for Southwestern Eggrolls. I'll have to try them out and post the results.

I do have to say that Matt and I aren't really big cake fans but we LOVED this. I usually end up throwing away dessert leftovers because the two of us can't get through them before they go bad. I only ended up throwing away about 4 pieces of this (from a 9x13 pan). I guess Kyle did eat two pieces of it. Still, that's a record for this McGhie family

Tfamily said...

Thanks for sharing this. Mom made this for a family dinner but it ended up being a little water. She didn't have any sweetened condensed milk and made some from scratch. Not sure if that was what made it a little water. The flavor was yummy. It kind of reminded me of when my husband pours milk over his cake in a bowl then eats it. Was yours thicker than that? We are definitely going to have to try this again with the proper ingredients. Maybe I will try it for the Thomas family dinner.
Bummer about 2nd place. But at least your placed and people liked it. :)