Monday, January 11, 2010

January Desserts: Tres Leches Cake

Alton's finished version
picture/recipe credit: Alton Brown's Tres Leche Cake
January is all about cold - without the holidays. There still seem to be plenty of post-holiday gatherings where you cannot get away with pulling out the holiday cookies because everyone knows that they are at least 2 weeks old (and probably much older!) - so you need a fun alternative. This is great because it is (deceptively) light in this health-concious month.

This cake - is tasty delicious - and easy! The more time you have to let it soak up the milk goodness, the better. But - I can vouch that a shorter soaking time than recommended still works (I had about 2 hours - not the required overnight soak.)

Cake Recipe:
Vegetable oil
6 3/4 oz cake flour, plus extra for pan
1 tsp bkg powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 oz unsalted butter, room temp
8 oz sugar
5 whole eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Glaze:
1 [12 oz] can evaporated milk
1 [14 oz] can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup half and half

for the topping:
2 cups heavy cream
8 oz sugar
1 tsp vanilla

For the Cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour a 13 by 9-inch metal pan and set aside. Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.

Place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium speed until fluffy, approximately 1 minute. Decrease the speed to low and with the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar over 1 minute. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl, if necessary. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix to thoroughly combine. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add the flour mixture to the batter in 3 batches and mix just until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. This will appear to be a very small amount of batter. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake is lightly golden and reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees F.

Remove the cake pan to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Poke the top of the cake all over with a skewer or fork. Allow the cake to cool completely and then prepare the glaze.

Scate's version before pouring on glaze [and the only photo]

For the glaze: Whisk together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and the half-and-half in a 1-quart measuring cup. Once combined, pour the glaze over the cake. Refrigerate the cake overnight.

Topping: Place the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk together on low until stiff peaks are formed. Change to medium speed and whisk until thick. Spread the topping over the cake and allow to chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


LoveFeast Table said...

I have only had milk cake one and it was fantastic! This sounds like it would be fun to try!

kat said...

My last roommate loved this cake

Tangled Noodle said...

Both the hubs and I love this cake so much but have never made it at home (since there's just the two of us). Still, it might be worth inviting a few folks over to justify making and eating a whole pan!