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    Mexican - Traditional Tres Leches Cake

    Mexican - Traditional Tres Leches Cake. Photo by Um Safia

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    Um Safia's Note:

    Published for ZWT III. Recipe from World Recipes. A nice, simple recipe for a much loved traditional Mexican cake.

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    Serves: 6-8



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    Milk sauce



    1. 1
      Beat egg whites until peaks form. Add sugar gradually. Add yolks; beat 3 minutes. Combine flour and baking powder; add to egg mixture alternately with milk.
    2. 2
      Pour into well greased 9 X 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 to 40 minutes. Pour sauce ingredients into blender; blend.
    3. 3
      Punch holes in cake with toothpick while yet warm; pour sauce over cake. Allow cake to cool in refrigerator before frosting.
    4. 4
      To make frosting: mix all ingredients in the top of double boiler. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes while beating constantly.
    5. 5
      Frost cake. Keep refrigerated.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 08, 2010


      I made this for our weekly family dinner. I did not put the frosting on the top as my son-in-law said that his family (from Mexico) does not do that. This cake was a HIT! Everyone dovoured it. Thank you for posting it.

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    • on April 29, 2008


      Wow! My other half is a fanatic for Mexican food, having grown up in California. He LOVED this cake. He's had it several times before at different restaraunts and said this recipe was just as good. I cheated on the topping and used cool whip. I didn't find crema, so I used a pint of whipping cream. I put mandarin oranges and kiwi on top. My only issue was the cake was a lot more wet in the center than on the sides. Anyone have any suggestions on how to even it out a bit?

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    • on June 26, 2007


      I made this for my mexican themed night and everyone loved it. It is very rich and satisfying - you can't eat too much of it after 4 courses of mexican food lol. TY

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    Nutritional Facts for Mexican - Traditional Tres Leches Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (294 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1020.0
    Calories from Fat 149
    Total Fat 16.5 g
    Saturated Fat 8.5 g
    Cholesterol 254.6 mg
    Sodium 460.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 198.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
    Sugars 155.4 g
    Protein 21.8 g

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