tres leches cake

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IMGP3249When Sherry Hernandez suggested I make a tres leches cake, I thought two things- yum and authentic. Then, I changed it up a bit. It’s still an authentic recipe, but… I made baby ones. How cute are they!?!

There are TONS of recipes out there for this, Pioneer Woman just made one a bit ago..(looked fantastic, as always) BUT…. where I live is predominantly Latin-with a plethora of Latin stores and bakeries.  So, I went more local.This recipe came from Carmen de Musmanni, a costa rican (or tico ).

to begin, you need 5 eggs, separated

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beat the yolks with 1c sugar, then add 1tsp baking powder, 1tsp vanilla, and 1 and half cups flour. It will be thick like this:

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now, beat those egg whites until they’re fluffy and fold the two together like this:

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This is when you get to chose your pan…. you can use a 9×13″pan or muffin tins, or mini muffin tins.

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Make sure they are prepared (greased) Bake at 350 30 min for big pan, 20 min for smaller. Let it cool completely in pan.

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I had leftover batter, so I also made a square one.

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I used the end of a bamboo skewer to poke holes all over….

Now, the  “filling” which is really a sweet milky thin sauce that the cake hangs out in…

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You can use any brand, I got these at my local Latin market… 1 can evaporated milk, 1 can sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup regular milk.

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sweetened condensed milk is one of my favorite things…. something so indulgent about it, but- in an old fashioned simple way. It reminds me of when I read “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” by Betty Smith…

Pour this mixture over your holey cake. Don’t worry, it will soak it up….

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For the mini cakes, it was like filling ice cube trays… ( yep, I don’t have an ice-maker, dryer, or dishwasher but,that’s okay…)

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mmmm. Already looks like a fluffy cake in a sea of creamy sticky sweet goodness….

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there are two topping you can use. One is a bit complicated, the other super easy. Here’s the complicated one…get out your candy thermometers!

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bring together 1c sugar and 1/4 c water and 1 tsp vanilla over med heat until a thermometer reads 240 ( soft ball stage) SLOWLY add this to 4 egg whites while you are beating them (like above)

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you will get a fluffy thick frosting…

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simply divine!

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A few very important notes if you do the baby cakes!

To remove them from their pan, you need to freeze them2-3 hrs, then transfer to a platter and frost them. (no need to do this with cake pan, as it’s served from the pan)

THE EASIER TOPPING RECIPE:

mix 1 an half cups half and half, 1 c sugar and 1 tsp vanilla until thick. Spread over cake

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mk