Tres Leches Cake

Tres leches, meaning three milks, is a light and airy sponge cake drowned in a milk mixture which transforms it into a sweet slice of fabulousness! 

Tres leches, meaning three milks, is a light and airy sponge cake drowned in a milk mixture which transforms it into a sweet and squidgy slice of fabulousness! Be warned this Tres Leches cake is seriously addictive!

tres leches cake

Tres Leches Cake

Preparation time 20 mins plus cooling and chilling

Baking time 50-55 mins

Serves 8

For the cake:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 40ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g butter, melted and cooled
  • 125g plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the milk soak:

  • 150ml milk
  • 150ml condensed milk
  • 150ml evaporated milk

Method:

  1. Line a 2lb loaf tin with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/ gas mark 4.
  2. For the cake, use an electric mixer to whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl for approx 6 mins until very light and fluffy and almost doubled in size.
  3. Whilst whisking continuously, slowly drizzle in the milk followed by the vanilla extract and melted cooled butter.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and gently fold in until fully combined. Gently pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 50-55 mins. Remove from the oven and while the cake is hot and still in the tin, prick all over the surface of it with a skewer.
  5. For the soak, mix the milk, condensed milk and evaporated milk together in a jug and slowly pour over the top of the hot cake a little at a time, allowing it to soak in before adding more. Once all the milk mixture has been added place on a wire rack and leave to cool completely in the tin for approx 3-4 hours. Once cold chill in the fridge for 4 hours before serving.

TIP:

* The milk mixture for the soak will seem like a large amount for the cake to take, the trick is adding it to the cake slowly allowing each addition to soak in before adding any more. Drizzling it from a jug is the easiest way to do it.


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