Tres Leches Cake, avant-garde style

Todays recipe is from the ever-amazing Pioneer Woman, who I’ve been in love with since 2007 when I first discovered her blog. Make her Asian Noodle Salad, and her Cinnamon Rolls, they will change your life!

Tres Leches Cake

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman


1 cup All-purpose Flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

5 whole eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup milk

1 can evaporated milk

1 can sweetened, condensed milk

1/4 cup heavy cream


1 pint heavy cream

3 tbsp sugar

1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Separate the eggs.

2. Beat yolks with 3/4 cup of the sugar heavily until yolks are pale yellow, stirring in milk and vanilla.

3. Pour egg yolk mixture over flour mixture until mix until just combined.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees!

5. Beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form, pouring in remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beating until stiff.

6. Fold the egg white mixture into the batter gently.

7. Pour the batter into an oiled 9×13 inch pan and spread out evenly.

8. Bake for about 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly. Remove cake and allow to cool.

9. Combine the condensed milk, evap milk and heavy cream in a small pitcher. You can do this three (or four, five, six- as always, the only limitation to the jelly mould is your imagination!) ways:

First, when the cake has cooled down pierce it with a fork several times before pouring the milk and cream mixture evenly over the cake, giving it about a half hour to absorb the milk. Following which, you can cut up the cake and place them in your jelly mould to get your conical tower!

ANOTHER option is using it as a cookie cutter again, before adding the milk for absorbing, like I do here:


OR, you can cut up the cake into tiny little balls, or squares and place them in the jelly mould before pouring in the milk and cream mixture and waiting for it to absorb the milk.

10. MAKE THE ICING! Whip the heavy cream with 3 tablespoons of sugar until thick and spreadable. You can also layer the cake with icing in between the layers in your jelly mould.

We added a bit of honey and bananas as well, although Pioneer Woman suggests Maraschino cherries!
Rachel and Sophia

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