Tres leches cake, also known as "three milks cake," is a traditional Latin American dessert made with a sponge or butter cake that is soaked in a mixture of three types of milk:
sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream. The milk mixture is typically poured over the cake after it has been baked and cooled,
and the cake is then refrigerated for at least an hour before serving. The result is a rich and moist cake that is often topped with whipped cream or a sweet glaze.
Tres leches cake can be flavored with vanilla, almond, coconut or other extract and can be decorated with fresh fruit, nuts or chocolate shavings.
1 (9 inch) sponge cake or butter cake, 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Using a fork or toothpick, poke holes in the top of the cake. In a medium mixing bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla. Mix well.
Slowly pour mixture over the cake, allowing it to soak into the holes. Refrigerate cake for at least an hour before serving. Serve chilled, topped with whipped cream if desired.
You can also add additional ingredients such as fruit, nuts, or chocolate to enhance the flavor of the cake.
To add fruit, you can place sliced fruit on top of the cake before pouring the milk mixture over it, or you can mix it into the milk mixture before pouring it over the cake.
To add nuts, you can sprinkle chopped nuts on top of the cake before refrigerating it, or you can mix them into the milk mixture.
To add chocolate, you can drizzle chocolate syrup or melted chocolate over the top of the cake before refrigerating it.
Another way to make the cake more flavorful is by adding different extracts or liqueurs to the milk mixture, such as almond extract, coconut extract, or rum.