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    Tres Leches (Three-Milk Cake)

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    1 hr 15 mins

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    Grace Lynn's Note:

    Dairy products effectively neutralize the heat of chilies. Cool off after a spicy Mexican meal with this cake. This is my most requested tres leches recipe and the simplest to make!

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    1. 1
      In a large bowl, with a mixer on high speed (use whip attachment if available), beat eggs and sugar until thick and pale yellow, 5 to 6 minutes.
    2. 2
      In a small bowl, mix flour and baking powder.
    3. 3
      With mixer on medium speed, gradually add flour mixture in small increments and beat until smooth.
    4. 4
      Scrape batter into a buttered 9 by 13 inch baking pan.
    5. 5
      Bake in a 325 degree oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.
    6. 6
      Meanwhile, in a blender, whirl condensed milk, evaporated milk, regular milk, Kahlua, and vanilla until well blended.
    7. 7
      Pour evenly over hot cake; let cool about 15 minutes, then cover and chill until cake has absorbed all the milk mixture, at least 3 hours, or up to 1 day.
    8. 8
      Cut cake into squares or rectangles, lift out with a wide spatula, and set on plates.
    9. 9
      Top each piece of cake with a spoonful of whipped cream and garnish with strawberries.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 13, 2010

      To anyone making this cake, or any tres lehes cake, instead of poking it with a fork to absorb liquid, I simply turn the cake over on alumminum foil straight out of the oven and let it cool completely. When it is done cooling the top of the cake comes off and exposes the top. I then soak it and it absorbs the milk beautifuly.

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    • on March 09, 2009


      WOW!!! I love this recipe. My knowledge of Tres Leches was limited to seeing one on Good Eats on the Food Network. I am so glad I decided to make one. Everyone I shared this cake with wanted the recipe. I made one slight change in the preparation. I did not have Kahula so I upped the vanilla and added some almond extract. This is one recipe I intend to make again.

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    • on May 24, 2008


      This cake was fantastic. Instead of kahlua or coffee (not a fan), I added Bailey's Irish Cream. Mmmmmmmm. I served it with the whipped cream on the side and presented it with bowls of strawberries, blueberries and rasberries and let my guests make their own combination. It was a huge hit. To get the milk into the cake, initially, I used a pastry brush then realized that it would suck up liquid fairly quickly, but I did pour it slowly, all around the edges and the middle. I didn't want to lose that moisture.

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    Nutritional Facts for Tres Leches (Three-Milk Cake)

    Serving Size: 1 (174 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 397.9
    Calories from Fat 82
    Total Fat 9.1 g
    Saturated Fat 4.6 g
    Cholesterol 146.3 mg
    Sodium 221.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 65.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 45.8 g
    Protein 11.5 g

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