Tres Leches Cake is a popular dessert originating from Central America. Its a dessert composed of a simple sponge cake that is soaked in three different types of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and half and half. I have eaten this cake many times, but I have never actually made it myself. I am a lucky girl though because I have a husband who makes a killer tres leches and is kind enough to share his secret recipe on the blog.
The process of photographing this recipe was definitely an adventure. My husband and I scheduled out some time over the weekend to make and photograph the recipe. Looking back, we should have just rescheduled the shoot. We both were super distracted that day and made a lot of silly mistakes.The first attempt at making this cake was a complete utter disaster. The egg whites would not whip up and yolks were just added to the flour without being whipped. I tried to salvage the cake, but it ended up being a clumpy disaster. We had to toss away the batter and start all over again. For the second attempt, I decided to help the husband, so that we could be done in time.
My husband and I have very different ways of operating in the kitchen. So when we do cook together(rarely happens)we get into unecessary arguments. I like to clean as I cook, I prepare my ingredients before I begin cooking, and I try to use minimal amount of dishes. My husband on other hand is more of a relaxed cook and not as O.C.D as I am.
We decided to divide the duties, so that our second attempt at cake making could go smoothly. I whipped the egg whites, made the whipped cream, and the husband did everything else. Everything was going well, till the husband couldn’t remember what size cake pan he usually baked the cake in. He had orginally told me to get a 9 inch pan prepared and now he wanted to bake in a 10 inch pan. We of course got into a little tiff about the pans and who was right. To my surprise he ended up being right for using a 10 inch pan and the cake turned out perfect. If we had used the pan I suggested we would have another disastrous tres leches cake. I unwillingly accepted defeat.
Tres leches cake is a perfect dessert for the holidays because it can be made ahead of time, its decadent, and easy to make. I think you will really love this recipe and I do hope you make it sometime soon.If you enjoy desserts try these other delicious sweet recipes tarts, pudding,brownies, almond cake, and halwa.
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