Nicaraguan Tres Leches Cake

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READY IN: 4hrs 20mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • FOR CAKE: Beat egg whites until stiff; set aside. Beat the sugar and egg yolks until light, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and milk, then beat in flour and finally the baking powder. Fold egg whites into the batter and pour into a generously greased 9-by 13-inch pan. Bake 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees, or until cake will spring back in center when touched. Let cool. (It's OK if cake falls somewhat at this point.).
  • FOR FILLING: Beat the three egg yolks for 1 minute at high speed with an electric mixer. Add the three kinds of milk - evaporated, condensed and cream - and the vanilla and liqueur, and beat thoroughly. When the cake has cooled, unmold it onto a dish. Pierce the cake as thoroughly as possible with a fork. Slowly pour the filling mixture onto the cake, allowing it to soak in without running over the sides.
  • FOR THE MERINGUE: Mix 1/2 cup water, corn syrup and sugar in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cook until mixture reaches 227 degrees on a thermometer, or will spin a thread when drizzled from a spoon ( about 30 minutes). Beat egg whites until very stiff. Slowly beat syrup into egg whites, whisking constantly while pouring syrup in a steady stream. Allow to cool slightly, then spread on top and sides of cake. Refrigerate cake at least two hours; it should be.
  • served very cold.
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