Happy Birthday to me! 25 years old and I am not above eating cake for dinner.

Tres Leches Cake

This tres leches cake has been made for many birthdays and parties in my life. My fiance, my soon to be mother in law, my cat (it’s her favorite since it has a lot of milk products)…uhh, anyway, this actually wasn’t made for my birthday. But I’m baking my cake as I type this, so I’ll post about that later.

Tres Leches Cake

My lovely boy excitedly asked me what I would be baking for my birthday, and when I replies “a type of spice cake” he shouted: “you always make such weird cakes on your birthday”! Now what he doesn’t seem to realize is that it’s MY freaking birthday, and I want a damn spice cake and if you poo poo my cake choice, then you can’t have any! I assume he’ll eat two helpings and ask for more for breakfast…boys.

Tres Leches Cake

This cake is unreal. A top contender for my favorite cake ever so I’m super excited to share this with you. Shall we get started?! YES!

Tres Leches Cake

To start, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan liberally until coated. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

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Separate eggs. Have you seen this method?! So. Freaking. Cool.

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Beat egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar on high speed until yolks are pale yellow. Stir in milk and vanilla. Pour egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture.

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Stir very gently until combined.

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Beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. With the mixer on, pour in remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until egg whites are stiff but not dry.

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Fold egg white mixture into the batter very gently until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and spread to even out the surface. Don’t worry that it looks weird. This is normal!

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Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn cake out onto a rimmed platter and allow to cool.

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Combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream in a small pitcher. This is the magical stuff.

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When cake is cool, pierce the surface with a fork several times.

Tres Leches Cake

Slowly drizzle all but about 1 cup of the milk mixture—try to get as much around the edges of the cake as you can.

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It’ll look like this:

Tres Leches Cake

Allow the cake to absorb the milk mixture for 30 minutes. To ice the cake, whip 1 pint heavy cream with 3 tablespoons of sugar until thick and spreadable. Spread over the surface of the cake. Decorate cake with maraschino cherries or toasted coconut. Cut into squares and serve.

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Happy Baking!

Tres Leches Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 5 whole eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Icing:
  • 1 pint heavy cream, for whipping
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan liberally until coated.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Separate eggs.
  3. Beat egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar on high speed until yolks are pale yellow. Stir in milk and vanilla. Pour egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir very gently until combined.
  4. Beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. With the mixer on, pour in remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until egg whites are stiff but not dry.
  5. Fold egg white mixture into the batter very gently until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and spread to even out the surface.
  6. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn cake out onto a rimmed platter and allow to cool.
  7. Combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream in a small pitcher. When cake is cool, pierce the surface with a fork several times. Slowly drizzle all but about 1 cup of the milk mixture—try to get as much around the edges of the cake as you can.
  8. Allow the cake to absorb the milk mixture for 30 minutes. To ice the cake, whip 1 pint heavy cream with 3 tablespoons of sugar until thick and spreadable.
  9. Spread over the surface of the cake. Decorate cake with whole or chopped maraschino cherries. Cut into squares and serve.

Notes

Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman

http://warmvanillasugar.com/2012/12/08/tres-leches-cake/

25 Responses to Tres Leches Cake

  1. Happy Birthday!! You made my day with the egg separation video! So funny!

  2. Linda says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  3. Tres Leches Cake is my all time favorite! ?

  4. Beautiful – I was introduced to Tres Leches many years ago by some Colombian friends. So delicious. Happy birthday and enjoy your ‘weird’ cake. ;)

  5. Samantha says:

    Happy Birthday.

  6. Tracey says:

    Happy happy birthday Katrina! Hope you had a great day :) I love this cake, so much goodness!

  7. Happy birthday! This cake looks so great, can’t wait to see the spice cake recipe you had on your actual birthday. And seriously, it’s your birthday, make whatever flavor you want! I’m sure the fiance will eat his fair share haha

  8. Daniela says:

    My husband loves desserts with 3 leches. Can’t wait to try it!

  9. chef mimi says:

    You keep eating whatever the hell you want whether it’s your birthday or not! And keep cooking and photographing as well! Gorgeous! Happy Birthday!

  10. Happy Belated Katrina! Ps… I want this cake!

  11. Erin says:

    Happy birthday! Hope it was lovely!

  12. Joanne says:

    I have always wanted to make a tres leches cake but somehow just…haven’t. I LOVE that soaked sweet milk cake texture though. Mmmm….

    And I’m SO glad you made the sweetapolita cake for you bday! It really is perfection isn’t it? I miss it.

  13. my brother’s birthday was december 8th, too! great, that gives me a reason to make another cake…THIS ONE! it looks incredible! :)

  14. Happy Birthday…thats truly a great cake for birthday. I love tres leches cake:)

  15. Happy, happy (belated) birthday – I hope it was a wonderful one! If your choice of cake is any indication, I bet it was pretty fabulous. :) Your Tres Leches is gorgeous!!

  16. Christie Ellis (@pepperlynnblog) says:

    Happy Birthday, Katrina, albeit a few days late! This cake looks fabulous. :)

  17. Jayne says:

    I’m not sure if my family might hate me for making this.

  18. Happy Belated Birthday!! This cake looks sooo good – i always order tres leches cakes when i’m out at restaurants, but never thought to try making one at home. Must change that soon!

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