Pastel de Tres Leches is my husbands favorite dessert. Ever since he introduced it to me, I love it too! It is very different from any other cake I have ever tried. It is a delicious sponge cake that is very popular throughout Latin America. The name in English translates to three milks cake. After baking, the cake is soaked in three different types of milk, hence the name. Although you might think it looks difficult to make, it really isn’t. It is actually really simple.
How to Make Pastel de Tres Leches:
First mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg.
Next beat the eggs. While beating slowly add the sugar and vanilla and continue beating until well incorporated.
Then add the flour mixture about 1/2 cup at a time to the egg mixture. Mix with a spatula until it is well incorporated.
Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish and bake at 350 until fork comes out clean.
After baking let cool and then poke holes all over the cake with a fork.
Now for the fun part! This is where the three milks mixture is poured on top of the cake. The cake will absorb it. You will notice that the cake rises once the milk is absorbed.
Now the cake is ready to be topped with the whipped cream.
Chill the cake for a few hours in the fridge before serving. You can serve as is or you can add fruit.
This is literally one of the most delicious cakes ever! What I really like about it is the fact that it isn’t overly sweet like a lot of cakes. It has just the right amount of sweetness to it. The whipped topping and fruit add a cool and refreshing taste. We prefer strawberries but you can add any fruit topping that you desire. Peaches and kiwis are great options! You should definitely try it for Cinco de Mayo! If you make it, let me know what you think of it in the comments below!