This week was free choice and I had such a hard time deciding what to make. Finally I enlisted the help of my husband and we decided on the Tres Leches Cake. I’ve never made one before and so I thought this would be fun.
The cake is really pretty easy to make. You begin by mixing eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in a bowl and setting the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until it is warm to the touch. Then you immediately transfer the bowl to the stand mixer and beat with the whisk attachment for 5 minutes. The mixture should quadruple in volume. You add the flour and that is it for the batter.
Now I made a little mistake at this point. I was halving the recipe and so I decided to use a 6-inch pan. But I wasn’t paying attention that we were to bake all the batter in one pan. I am so used to always using two cake pans per recipe that I pulled out two 6-inch cake pans and divided the batter between the two. Oops!
The cakes baked up fine and I removed them from the pan immediately as instructed. In the meantime, I prepared the “leche mixture.” Nonfat milk and whole milk are boiled until reduced by half. Then you add sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream, along with a little sugar.
The top crust of the cake is cut off, leaving a small mound on top. You pour the “leche mixture” onto the top of the cake and it soaks right in. Then the cake has to sit overnight in the fridge.
The next day you can frost with whipped cream and eat! Since I made two layers of cake instead of the one, I just ended up frosting them individually and gave one to a friend.
We really loved this cake. I liked how easy it was and we loved the flavor of it. We will definitely make this again.