Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tres Leche Cake

This is the time of the year when overindulgence is a certainly.  Holiday party after holiday party finds us having consumed so much rich food that we are stuffed to almost vomit-y.  Not the words that you want to read on a food blog, but if I’m lyin’, I’m dyin’.  Am I right?  So here is a nice little holiday dessert that is not only easy and make ahead, but also light and delicious.  It’s a permanent fixture on the dessert menu at Miss Aimee B’s Tearoom here in historic Saint Charles, MO, and can be found in the last of their three cookbooks.  This was one of my mother’s favorite desserts.  Sadly, she passed away before I could get my hands on it and make it for her.  Here’s to you, mom!
Tres Leche Cake
Miss Aimee B's Tearoom & Marketplace

1 white cake mix (Duncan Hines preferred)
3 whole eggs
2 Tablespoons salad oil
1-1/3 cups water

1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 - 13.5 oz. can Thai coconut milk

Whipped Cream
Toasted coconut

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Thoroughly spray a tube pan with PAM.
Mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, and water.  Pour into tube pan.  Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cake tests done with a toothpick.

While cake is baking, whisk together the coconut and sweetened condensed milks.  Divide.  Set aside half of the milk mixture for pouring onto the cake and half for serving the cake.

When the cake had cooled 5 to 10 minutes and is still in the pan, poke big holes in the cake (we use the stem end of a meat thermometer).  Pour half of the sauce slowly over the cake (poke more holes as needed).  Let sauce soak in for about 2 hours.  Turn cake onto plate.

To serve
Drizzle some of the milk mixture over each slice of cake.  Heat each serving for 25 seconds in the microwave.  Top with a big dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle toasted coconut over all.

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martinealison said...


Un gâteau qui me semble bien délicieux accompagné d'une bonne tasse de thé cela doit être parfait !...

Gros bisous ☃


I love it, my fave cake. I have a recipe I make, but copying yours too dear Patty. Thank you for sharing.
Happy holiday season.

Linda said...

You are such a hoot!! Your cake looks amazing.


This cake looks so delicious! ı'll try it, thanks for sharing!

Alycia Nichols said...

No, no, no! I will not allow you to drag me down this road to fatdom!!! No! No! I forbid it! Absolutely not! No way, Jose! Forget about it! Not in this lifetime! Back off!!! Oh, well....if you're gonna twist my arm....!!! :-) :-) :-)

This looks REALLY good, Pattie. My husband doesn't eat a lot of sweets anymore, so I guess I will just have to bake it and eat it all myself! :-) Pinning!

I'm sorry you never got a chance to make it for your Mom, but I'm sure she's happy that you're sharing it with the rest of the world.

Kathy Walker said...

Soooo moist!!! We would love this cake..Thank you for sharing.

Carole said...

Hi Pattie, great dish! How about adding it to the Food on Friday: Eggs collection over at Carole's Chatter? Cheers

Teri said...

This is one of my very favorite cakes! Your recipe looks incredible and I would love if you would share this at Celebrate It! It is all about celebrating the big and little things in our wonderful everyday lives!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Patti,
Tres Leche Cake is one of family favorites, we would love your cake. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

NewMrsAdventures said...

I've always wanted to try a tres leche cake but they've always seemed too complicated, this one looks perfect! Can't wait to try it! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!