Let’s Make a Tres Leches Cake!

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You’ve probably heard about all the scrumptious Hispanic foods you can make for dinner, like empanadas, arroz con pollo, or tamales, but if you’ve never heard about all the posters Latino cuisine has to offer, then you’ve only been eating half a meal.

Tres leches cake, in particular, is one of the most delicious postres out there, and here’s how you can make it.

Get the Ingredients.

To make this most excellent of postres, you’re going to need an entire stick of melted butter, one and a half cups of flour, one teaspoon of baking powder, half a teaspoon of salt, five eggs, a whole cup of sugar, one teaspoon of vanilla, a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, a 12-ounce can of evaporated milk, a cup of Vitamin-D milk, and two cups of heavy cream. You may also want to get about five cups of fresh fruit, like strawberries or peaches, to serve with the cake, because what are postres without a little garnishing?

Time to Bake.

Now that you’ve got all the ingredients to make this most delectable of postres, preheat your oven to 350, and get a 9-by-13-inch baking dish prepared with non-stick spray. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl. In a separate, large bowl, beat the eggs and the sugar together for about four minutes using a mixer. When it’s done, it should look both pale, and thick. Now, add vanilla to the egg-sugar mix, and beat it some more. Turn the mixer down to low, and throw in your flour mix, beating it until it’s smooth, and without clumps. As the mixing continues, use a rubber spatula to add melted butter. Keep going until it’s — you guessed it — smooth.

Now, your batter is ready to bake. Put it in the dish, and bake it for about half an hour, or maybe a little longer. It will be done when the top is a lovely golden brown. You can tell it’s finished by sticking a toothpick in the center (if it’s done, the toothpick will come out perfectly clean). Don’t forget to rotate the cake halfway through, either, to ensure it’s evenly baked.

Add the Finishing Touches.

You’re not done yet. To complete this most hallowed of all postres, whisk all the milks you’ve gathered in a medium bowl. Poke a few holes in the cake while it’s still warm, and pour the milk-mixture over it. Let your creation cool for about an hour. Put some whip cream on it (and the fruit if you so choose), and serve!

And to think, tres leches cake is only one of the many delicious postres Hispanic cuisine has to offer. If you know of any other recetas de postres worth trying, or would like to know more about other postres, feel free to share in the comments.

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