Saturday, April 3, 2010

Tres Leches Cake

A few months ago we discovered Kristoffer's Bakery in Pilsen. They have the most delicious Tres Leches cake ever. Well, actually it was the first time I have ever had the cake, but it is delicious. Jen, Stacie and I are obsessed. For Jen's Birthday, I knew that I needed to make a Tres Leches cake. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but it was so fabulous. If you have never had Tres Leches cake before, it is the most moist, soft and creamy cake ever!

1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
5 whole eggs
1 cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cups milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 can sweetened, condensed milk
1/4 cups heavy cream

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. I wanted to make a round cake, but you can use a 9 x 13 pan as well. Make sure to liberally rub some butter all around the pan.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

Now comes the fun part, separating the eggs. Get out 2 bowls, one for the whites and one for the yolks. I will show you how I do this.

Crack the egg in half and the pour the yolk back and forth between the 2 egg shells, keep doing this until all the egg whites are out of the shell. Simply pour the yolk into a separate bowl. Now you should have 1 bowl with the whites and another bowl with the yolks.

Beat the yolks with 3/4 cups sugar, until it is nice and creamy. Add in the milk and vanilla. Mix the egg yolk mixture with the flour mixture. Stir gently until combined.

Now it is time to beat the egg white. Beat them on high speed until they start to form soft peaks. Once you have soft peaks, add in 1/4 cup sugar and continue to mix until combined.

Now you are going to combine the egg whites with the other mixture. Fold the egg whites gently. You don't want them to lose their fluffiness.

Once it is all combined pour into your pan.

Bake for 30-40 minutes. Mine only took 30 minutes. So check at 30, you want a knife to come out clean.

Let it cool and then flip onto a plate that has a lip.

In a small pitcher combine evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream.

Use a fork to put holes all around the cake. Now you can pour the milk slowly all over the cake. You will need to do this in batches. Let the milk soak in between pours.

Once you have all the milk poured in, let it sit for at least 30 minutes. You will see all of the milk get soaked up from the ridge of the plate. I let it sit over night in the fridge and then frosted it in the morning.

Now the best part, making the frosting.

1 pint heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla

Pour the cream into a bowl, it helps to keep the cream cold right up till you are going to use it. I also run the bowl under cold water as well. Pour the cream into the bowl and mix on high for about 8 minutes. Add in the sugar and vanilla. Continue to mix until combined. You want the frosting to be really fluffy. Taste it and see if you need to add more sugar or vanilla.

Plop the frosting on and spread it around with a spatula.

The cake looked a little bare all white, so I added some cocoa powder to the white frosting and put some lettering on the cake. Not the most professional job, but I think Jen liked it!

Here is the birthday girl blowing out the candles. We went to Three Floyds Brewery, it was a lot of fun.

and of course you gotta see the inside...mmm it was so delicious!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a fun process. It looks delish. Love the new logo too!