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Video:Tres Leches Cake

with Michele Manfredi

If you like a tall glass of cold milk with your cake, you'll love tres leches cake! Tres leches cake is soaked with a milk syrup, which produces the moistest cake you've ever had.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tres Leches Cake

Hello, I'm Michele Manfredi for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make tres leches cake.

Tres Leches Cake Using Store Bought Mix

Tres leches means 3 milks in Spanish and that's the secret behind this ultra-moist, super delicious cake. The great thing about this recipe is that it works perfectly with a store bought cake mix. Now if you want, you can certainly make a homemade cake for this, but the box mixes work great and are real time savers. Here I'm using a basic simple white vanilla cake mix, but a boxed yellow cake mix will also work perfectly. Simply prepare the cake according to the directions.

Create Tres Leches Milk Syrup

While our cake is baking, we'll put together our tres leches milk syrup. Were going to start with 1 cup of half & half, to that we are going to add one 12oz. can of evaporated milk and a 14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk. Simply whisk that together and set it aside until needed. Once your cake is baked, you going to let that cool for 30 minutes.

Poke Holes and Saturate the Cake

And then we are going to take a bamboo skewer and poke our cake about every 1/2-inch. These holes will allow the milk syrup to saturate the cake. Once you've made all the holes, simply ladle the milk syrup over your cake. As I pour the last of the milk syrup over the cake, you may be thinking it looks like a lot of milk, but trust me, it will absorb everything. Let the cake sit out for about 10-15 minutes until it looks like most of the milk has been absorbed. Then we are going to wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours, but even better if it's left overnight. This should be very cold when it's served.

How to Serve Tres Leches Cake

To serve, I like to use a traditional garnish of fresh fruit. Here I've just tossed some quartered strawberries and some sugar and let that sit for about an hour before spooning around the cake. I also like to put a little soft whipped cream over the top although that is optional. This will be the moistest cake you've ever eaten. The way the cake acts as a sponge to soak up all that delicious milk syrup is the genius behind this great recipe. If you like your cake served with an ice-cold glass of milk your going to love tres leches cake. I really hope you give this a try, enjoy!

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