Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tres Leches

This cake is expensive and fattening and labor-intensive in the clean-up (you use a gazillion dishes to make it) but it's worth every second, penny, calorie and energy! It's really not that difficult to make, honest! I've tasted Tres Leche in every restaurant that has had it on the menu because I love it so. I've had several recipes but this one is the most simple and tastiest of all! You must try this recipe! It's divine! (Sorry about the photo...It's not the best, but hey! I remembered to take a picture!)

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
9 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
9 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. (I used my Pampered Chef stone pan and didn't bother.)

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. I whipped it for about four minutes. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well, as you add each egg, then stir in the vanilla. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well after each addition. In a separate large glass or metal bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until whites form stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter using a rubber spatula. Do not overbeat. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. (Mine took about 35 minutes before it was done.) Allow to cool.

In a small bowl, stir together 2 cups heavy cream, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk. Pour the mixture over the cake until it wont absorb any more. You may have 1/3 of it left over, but that's okay because you'll use it when serving.

Combine the whipped cream and sugar, spread over soaked cake. The cake may become crumbly on the top, so spread carefully. Refrigerate cake until serving, Pour leftover milk mixture onto plates before setting cake on the plates. Top with fresh strawberries, if desired or just one as a garnish. ENJOY!

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