Cinco de Mayo is coming! I can hear the pshhht of the Corona bottles being opened and the buzz of the margarita blenders already…okay I don’t really (wish I did) but I do hear the squishy moist sound of this awesome tres leches cake. Who in the world came up with sweetened condensed milk? That stuff, when mixed with the other dos leches makes the creamiest, sweetest, most seductive liquid. Tres leches ice cream Ben n’ Jerry if your reading….tres leches latte Starbucks?
This tres leches is a little different from others I’ve made. It has coconut milk in it as well as toasted coconut flakes but this just makes it even more bang-on in my opinion. The recipe comes from Lisa Fain’s Homesick Texan cook book. I reviewed this book before it first came out and I’ve tried many of her recipes, all of which have been awesome. If I could fault this cake in any way it wouldn’t be on taste, no sirree…it would be to say it came out a little dense and heavy. I’m not sure if this was my fault or if my baking powder’s whacked? Regardless of it’s molecular structure, when three types of milk are combined with sponge, tiny cake shaped pinatas explode on my tongue!
If your having a Cinco de Mayo blowout this weekend, do yourself a favor and make this cake. It’s easy and fast, the hardest part is waiting on the cake soaking up all of that milky goodness overnight, all you want to do is stick your finger in and taste it. You don’t even need to plate it up like I did, keep it as a sheet cake and just serve it in slices with the extra milk mixture on the sides for the true leche fiends like myself.
Happy Cinco de Mayo…..
Here’s the recipe from The Homesick Texan:
1 1/2 Cups of flaked coconut
1 Cup AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp lime zest
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp kosher salt
8 Large eggs
1/2 Cup brown sugar
4 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
For The Three Milk Syrup:
1/2 Cup coconut milk
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
For The Whipped Cream Topping:
2 Cups heavy cream
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1Tbsp lime zest
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13×9 baking dish/cake pan.
Toast the coconut in a dry skillet until lightly browned. Remove from the heat. Sift the flour and baking powder and add 1/2 cup of the toasted coconut, lime zest, nutmeg and salt.
Beat the eggs and brown sugar in a stand mixer with a wire whisk until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Slowly pour in the melted butter, then stir in the flour mixture until the batter is an even shade of brown.
Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Mix the three milks together in a bowl. Once the cake has cooled, poke holes all over with a fork. Slowly add the milk mixture, you wont need all of it but you can use the leftovers to add to each persons slice if they like the extra richness…or you could just drink it :)
Cover and refrigerate overnight. Whip the heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla. Once whipped into soft peaks stir in the lime zest. Spread over the cake and top with the leftover toasted coconut. Store in the fridge where it will keep for several days.
Gerry, gorgeous picture! I’ve been wanting to make this cake for some time, so perhaps this weekend is the perfect excuse. Thanks for sharing.
Gosh, I love tres leches anything… This cake looks soo tempting! Love the toasted coconut topping :)
This is my daughter’s favorite cake…I hope she’ll go for your coconut version next time she requests it. Yours looks amazing!
Wow, Gerry – this looks incredible!
I love tres leches cake and I love coconut – must try this recipe!
Oh so yummy. I haven’t had tres leches cake in too long.
love love these cakes So moist and delish! Thank you for this recipe! Will have to try it soon!!
This looks and sounds amazing! I’d love a latte this flavor too ;)
Your right Lisa, It’d be an awesome coffee drink..
Your coconut and miniature version of tres leches cake look amazing. I have heard about this cake but have not tried and made this cake before. This has to be my to-bake list :D
wow lovely cake..nice presentation.I m going to try this cake.Thanks for sharing.
A stunning cake indeed..wish I could taste it.
Beautiful cake and I bet it is delicious! Lovely :)
I can hear them! How funny, I made a really similar cake recipe and though it was too dense, so I didn’t share it, I was gonna rework it till I thought it was lighter, but you are right it did taste good. You are making me think I need to hurry up and revisit that cake.
you are killin’ me, I’d way 300 lbs if I lived anywhere near you!
My husband doesn’t know you but he thanks you for this…. his favorite cake kicked up with his favorite flavor :)
wow, that looks super delicious :)
Regardless of the density of the cake, this turned out looks beautiful Gerry. I’m probably one of the very few people who doesn’t care for sweetened condensed milk, but despite that, this looks like an acceptable and delicious way to consume it ;)
Yummolicious. What size cake pan?
oops. i see it now. thx,
I have got to try this soon! (Can you send me some?)
I would hate to see how it looked when you opened the package 8)
Oh wow, I love the idea of adding coconut milk and coconut to the recipe! It looks amazing! Take care, Terra
Wow, this is gorgeous and delicious! You are so on top of cinco de mayo – I have no fancy recipes planned for it this year :(
Have a great weekend!
Don’t feel bad Marina, from what I’ve read, your a little busy with some other projects ;)
Tres leches is probably my favorite cake and the addition of coconut makes it even better!
I dream about coconut – love it! Thanks for the recipe – do I use sweetened or unsweetened coconut please?
I used sweetened, for me it was hard to find unsweetened :( The original recipe asks for just flaked coconut, not sweetened or unsweetened :)
Is this regular grated coconut that is sweetened?
Yes, I couldn’t find unsweetened..
Gerry, you’ve been very naughty! Making me change up my Cinco menu to include this irresistable cake. I’m going to have to contact Mrs. Foodness G. and have her put you in a time out. Gorg photo!
Pshtt, I rule the roost around here, BAM! (sound of being whacked on the back of the head by Mrs FG) :(
hi this cake looks so yummy and good.. got to make it. but pls help me here with one thing. you recipe dont match your picture. how do u get the little round cakes out of using a cake pan? you have some white stuff in the middle … is that whip cream or does the cake do this itself.. thank you so much..
Oh Gerry! Your picture is just stunning. This goes on top of my ‘must bake’ list.
This sounds amazing! Definitely the best looking photo I have ever seen for tres leches cake.
OK I’ve read quite a few comments here but naturally nobody else wondered how you made your little cake from a 13×9 in pan. I’d like you make mine look just like your picture so how do I do this? Tres Leches cakes are my all time favorite dessert btw. When I eat a piece I swear I’ve died and gone to heaven lol.
Of course :) I didn’t think I’d get a decent photo if I just put a slice on a plate, so I cut two discs out of the 13×9 cake before I put cream on it. I used a circle cookie cutter, then I whipped the cream and just piped some into the middle of the two circles and on top! I didn’t think I’d get so much interest on the way it looked. Good luck! :)
Well, it was a Father’s Day success… from all 3 generations!
Many thanks very handy. Will certainly share website with my pals
It wasn’t your baking powder. I made it today and had the same dense heavy result. I did a Google search to see if anyone else had the same problem or if I made a mistake and I found you. Thank you for confirming my results. I wonder if there is an error in the recipe. I also made the chocolate flan cake today and it needed to bake more than twice as long as the recipe called for.