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Tres Leches Cake

I am such a bad bad daughter. I didn’t even know that today was mother’s day until late last night. Between that and having just came back from my Singapore vacation, there was no way i could have whipped up a fancy cake to celebrate the occasion.

Nevertheless, i make do.

With this Tres Leches cake, or in English, The three milk cake. Three different types of milk that is.

Due to religious beliefs, my mom is a vegetarian. While she doesn’t eat meat, she does take in animal products like milk, cheese and even eggs. So i’ve decided to milk (no pun intended) on that with this cake.

Besides, Three milk cake, doesnt it sound enticing?

So we start off with a chiffon cake. But unlike most chiffon cakes, this cake has no oil.

NO oil? I know i know, you must be ready to condemn this cake with its predictable dry and rough texture from the lack of fats, but trust me it’s for a good cause.

But on the way to goodness, we have to first take plunges,

Plunges with a fork that is. This is to ensure even distribution in the goodness.

Next, the goodness

See, i told you there is no need to worry. Because that  dry desert of a cake is about to be inundated with a mixture of condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream.

Oh, and I’ve also added my own homemade vanilla extract into the milk mixture, just because i dont see why not.

And, make sure you get to all  parts of the cakes, the edges especially where it’s the driest.

… Don’t be shy with the pouring. I poured mine till i had a pool of milk mixture around the cake.

While the suggested frosting for this was whipped cream, i had some leftover pastry cream.

I decided to use that instead.

Yummmm, can you see how much of the milk the cake has soaked up?

Milky, moist, pudding-like cake.

And yet it still cuts well!

Have a happy Moo-ther’s Day everyone!

Tres Leches Cake, from Pioneer Woman

Recipe HERE

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  1. May 8, 2011 at 5:22 am

    interesting cake, muz be very yummy ;)

  2. May 8, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Mmmmmm, Condensed milk in a cake, I am in. When I was a child I use condensed milk on sandwiches :)

  3. May 8, 2011 at 5:51 am

    this looks fabulous! a slice of rich & creamy goodness.

  4. May 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I love tres leches cake!! This looks extra yummy with the pastry cream on top.

  5. May 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    OK, this makes up for forgetting Mother’s Day and whatever grief you may have caused as a teenager.:)

  6. May 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    it’s indeed less complex to make…but im sure your mom can feel the sincerity and love from you just by eating this cake! hehe

  7. May 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    hi, i read about this cake in rose beranbaum books, i’m not sure if it’s the same recipe but i remember soaking the cake. MMm, i can sense how delicious this is after soaking the cake, i hope i can try this one day!

  8. May 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    yum yum!

  9. May 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I made Rose Levy Beranbaum’s version not too long ago and it was so lovely.
    Topping it with pastry cream seems to be a good idea!

  10. May 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Your cake looks so delicious and with all that milk and cream, how can it not be.

  11. May 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    No tell me you didn’t forget. Well at least you rebounded wonderfully with this delicious tres leches cake. Somehow, the way the cake is shaped (and with the icing), the cake reminds me of a Toaster’s Strudel but of course this one is wayyyyyy better. I love this.

  12. May 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Oh my goodness – this looks so delicious! Any mother would love to have this for Mother’s Day! Beautiful photos too :-)

  13. May 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Scrumptious, gorgeous cake! What a perfect treat!

  14. May 9, 2011 at 12:43 am

    OHHHH delish!!!! we will have to try this and I meant to tell you Mom and I made scones and cream for the Royal Wedding. I will share our recipe son\on. we are addicted to them.
    Believe me in my life (and most everyone’s) Mother’s Day has been foremost, “oh yeah” and an after thought so, go with whatever now brings and be glad you remember to celebrate at all…EAster came very late and tricked us!!! :) AmberLena

  15. May 9, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I’m thinking your mom had to forgive you, especially after a cake like this! As always, I am in awe of your baking skills!

  16. Jun
    May 9, 2011 at 7:14 am

    So tempting!

  17. May 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Ahh I have always wondered how to make this cake. I have ordered it many times and I just never thought to actually make this. I am sure your mother will forgive you for mother’s day lol especially with such a wonderful cake. I hope you had a wonderful trip!!

  18. May 10, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Delicious! I have yet to make a tres leches cake. I can’t wait to follow your lead!

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