Chocolate has always been my favorite when it comes to cakes, but one in a while, there comes a cake which takes you totally by surprise. Its that time when you have to put down everything you are doing and concentrate on the cake. Grab it by spoonfuls and let the flavors create havoc on your taste-buds. That’s exactly what happens when you put a spoonful of juicy, milky piece of tres-leches cake in your mouth. You don’t want to let it go.
This tres leches cake is basically a sponge cake and it means a cake with three types of milk in Spanish. Whole milk, evaporated milk and condensed milk. Even four, if you use some heavy cream or whip up some cream to make the icing. Oh the goodness of milk. Very healthy too, mind you 😉
When we were at our cousins house in US, we got this cake from a departmental store. 3 pieces amongst the four of us. 3 big pieces. 4 spoons. Gone in 2 minutes. We were so hooked on to it, that for a long time we contemplated driving back there and getting another batch of the sweet milky cake. With a cherry on top.
Nevertheless, the very next day one of our friends claimed to know a baker, who used to make tres leches cake regularly in their bakery in Downtown Chicago. I immediately called her up and took this god-damn-fantastic recipe from her. Even without the milk topping, this one is classic ultra sponge cake.
The type and varieties of milk available in US is slightly different from the ones that we get here, so I had to make a few changes to the recipe. Their stores sell evaporated milk in cans just like we get condensed milk here. But Indians have been making sweets out of evaporated milk for ages, and it can easily be made at home.
It is better to make this cake at least 4-5 hours in advance so that the milks has time to settle down. By nature, the cake turns out quite sweet, but you can very easily alter the condensed milk quantity and substitute it with evaporated milk to make it less sweet (see note).
A very soft, juicy (juicy? yeah!) cake with many air bubbles. That is what gives the cake a light texture even after being soaked in three kinds of milk.
Tres Leches Cake (Three Milk Cake) recipe
Serves : 10-12 people Time : 40 mins + 35 mins baking time