Another staff meeting, another cake. I really love that I make cake for work things. It’s a good way to try new cakes, I try to make a new cake every meeting. A way to keep things fresh and new.
I have wanted to make Tres Leches Cake for a while. I’m not a dessert person but this really makes me have a sweet tooth. The custardy consistency and the frosting really get me hooked. I was always interested in the frosting because its taste reminded me of a marshmallow. Well I learned that it is just heavy cream vanilla extract, and A LOT of sugar, which explains the sugary sweet marshmallow taste.
I search for the perfect recipe had my blog hoping and diving into cook books. In the end I decided to go with the one on Foodnetwork.com by Alton Brown. I picked this one because the frosting had the most sugar in its frosting recipe (how dare someone else tell me that 2 tablespoons is enough?) and I met him!! I was using a bigger pan than the recipe called for. I decided to multiply the recipe by 1.5 for my 11x 14.5″ pan. There were a few things that I played around with like the quantities for the glaze, like I just used 1 can of evaporated milk, 2 cans of condensed milk, and 2 cups of heavy cream (instead of the half and half).
I think it turned out pretty well. Next time I would poke a few more holes and add the milk mixture in 2 batches so it would soak in it bit at a time. I think pouring all the mixture in at once prevents it from soaking in properly. The mixture did not soak in consistently, it settled in the bottom and soaked up about 4/5 of the way up- which kinda defies gravity. Either the mixture was tasty and the frosting was addicting.
Tres Leches CakeVegetable oil 6 3/4 ounces cake flour, plus extra for pan 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature 8 ounces sugar 5 whole eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the glaze:1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup half-and-half (or heavy cream)
For the topping:2 cups heavy cream 8 ounces sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour a 13 by 9-inch metal pan and set aside.
Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
Place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium speed until fluffy, approximately 1 minute. Decrease the speed to low and with the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar over 1 minute. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl, if necessary. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix to thoroughly combine. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add the flour mixture to the batter in 3 batches and mix just until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. This will appear to be a very small amount of batter. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake is lightly golden and reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees F.
Remove the cake pan to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Poke the top of the cake all over with a skewer or fork. Allow the cake to cool completely and then prepare the glaze.
For the glaze:
Whisk together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and the half-and-half (or heavy cream). Once combined, pour the glaze over the cake. Refrigerate the cake overnight.
Place the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk together on low until stiff peaks are formed. Change to medium speed and whisk until thick. Spread the topping over the cake and allow to chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
All of that cream…it haunts my dreams.