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Tres Leche's Cake Recipe
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Serves 8 to 10
1-¾ cup of Cake Flour
½ cup of Unsalted Butter at room temperature
1 tsp of Baking Powder
½ tsp of Salt
¾ cup of Granulated Sugar
5 Eggs, separated
¾ cup of Whole Milk
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
For the 3 Milk Mixture:
1/4 cup of Whole Milk
1 14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 12 oz can of Evaporated Milk
For the Frosting:
1 ½ cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
4 Tbsp of Powdered Sugar
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13” non stick baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and lay the bottom with parchment paper, set aside.
2) Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
3) In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and ¾ cup of sugar, add the egg yolks and vanilla and mix on medium speed for about 3 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick and very pale. Meanwhile, in another bowl, whisk the egg whites until they develop stiff peaks
4) Add half of the milk along with half of the dry ingredients and mix them just enough to incorporate (don’t over mix) add in the remaining milk and dry ingredients and mix everything together.
5) Fold the whipped egg whites into the batter making sure to do it gently so you don’t deflate the egg whites.
6) Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
7) Let the cake cool for about 20 minutes and remove to a platter (make sure the platter has high edges because the milk mixture will run out the sides as you pour it on top)
8) Pierce the cake all over the top with a fork and set aside.
9) In a large measuring cup, whisk together the 1 cup of milk, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk, pour this mixture slowly all over the top of the cake so that it all soaks in the tender sponge.
10) Let that sit for a about 20 to 30 minutes so that the milk mixture really soaks in and then move on to making the whipped cream topping.
11) In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add the heavy cream and whisk to form soft peaks, add the powder sugar and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form.
12) Spread the whipped cream all over the top of the cake and decorate with maraschino cherries.