Classic Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Classic Tres Leches Cake Recipe


4 large eggs, separated

2/3 cup sugar, divided

2/3 cup cake flour

Dash salt

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup evaporated milk

3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon rum extract


1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons sugar

Sliced fresh strawberries and dulce de leche, optional

How to make it

Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Line bottom of a 9-in. springform pan with parchment paper; grease paper.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. In another large bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, beating on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Fold in flour, a third at a time.

Add salt to egg whites; with clean beaters, beat on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form. Fold a third of the whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites. Gently spread into prepared pan.

Bake until top springs back when lightly touched, 20-25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Place cake on a rimmed serving plate. Poke holes in top with a skewer. In a small bowl, mix cream, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and extracts; brush slowly over cake. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours.

For topping, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until peaks form. Spread over top of cake. If desired, top with strawberries and dulce de leche just before serving.
Yield: 10 servings.