Mouthwatering tres leches cake recipe just in time for Cinco de Mayo. In this post, you will learn how to make a tres leches cake with coconut flakes to celebrate Mexican-American culture. This is a lighter version with reduced sugar for full and guilt-free enjoyment.
Have you planned Cinco de Mayo menu yet? Because I have a great dessert option for you: Tres Leches cake with whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes! It is easy to make and does not require specific skills like flan or churros. Tres Leches is a simple sponge cake soaked in a combination of different kinds of milk and topped either with the meringue or whipped cream. Despite the soaking and cooling time you only need about 20 minutes of active time. For the rest of the time soaking does magic with this cake.
A lot of tres leches cake recipes I found are loaded with sugar. The first tres leches cake I made was overly sweet. I cut some sugar from the sponge cake and omitted it in whipped cream. The result is well-balanced cake and soaking mixture where unsweetened whipped cream evens out and balances the sugar lever. I was so proud when modified tres leches cake recipe turned out better then original!
After all adjustments, I’m confident to say this is the best tres leches cake recipe I have ever made. Plus, lighter version brings peace of mind to me. Now I can enjoy this pillowy soft and fragrant cake without extra guilt. Because once it’s on your plate, it is impossible to resist eating it.
The cake just melts in your mouth. Piece by piece it is magically disappearing from a pan… That is why in the recipe I say: “Can be refrigerated for up to three days.” This is a usual time for us to finish it. For that reason, I can’t say if this cake CAN and WILL last longer in your fridge 😉
The melt in your mouth secret lies in texture. The sponge cake itself is airy and soft. And when you soak it in the right combination of milk, the cake becomes even more fluffy and silky.
I like to use the combo of condensed and evaporated milk. This combination reminds a slightly burned caramel flavor. Now top the soaked fragrant cake with pillowy whipped cream. Finish with freshly toasted coconut flakes. And there you have an irresistible tres leches cake to enjoy! No wonder this cake became widely popular throughout Latin America after nestle printed a recipe on condensed milk!
Cinco de Mayo is the best time to make tres leches cake. But don’t limit it just for a holiday. It’s a simple dessert to make any day or for any occasion. First time I made wasn’t on Cinco de Mayo. But for sure it was a good day!
Enjoy and Happy Baking!
Tips and Tricks for Tres Leches Cake:
- You can make this cake a day ahead. Soak it, wrap it and put in the refrigerator for the flavors to develop.
- You can substitute vanilla extract for dark rum. Equally delicious!
- I usually pour off any excess of the milk mixture (after soaking step) to prevent it from being too soggy.
- This cake MUST be refrigerated. Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to three days.
Other Cinco de Mayo Recipes:
- Best Margarita Mix And Classic Margarita
- Smoky Rotisserie Chicken Soup with corn & tomatoes
- Rotisserie chicken enchiladas with a simple enchilada sauce
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