Nana's Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake has been one of our family favorites for as long as I can remember. Tres Leches is a light sponge cake that has been soaked with a mix of 3 different kinds of milk. I have found through the years that the secret to a great Tres Leches Cake is very moist but not real mushy. This recipe came from my Mother and I have tweaked it to the recipe it is today and one that we just love. 

Nana's Tres Leches Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

This Is A Delicious Cake

Nana's Tres Leches Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

We Start With A Great Sponge Cake

Nana's Tres Leches Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Next We Soak The Sponge With A Tres Leches ( 3 Milks)

Nana's Tres Leches Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Cover It With A Heavy Cream Frosting 

Nana's Tres Leches Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Spread It On The Cake and Add Berries

Nana's Tres Leches Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Nana's Tres Leches Cake
Miz Helen's Kitchen
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
8 tablespoons butter
1 cup whole milk
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Milk Mix
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 cup Heavy Cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups coconut, toasted
In a small saucepan heat the butter and whole milk over low heat until the butter is melted, remove from heat then set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, then set aside.
In an electric mixing bowl, beat the room temperature eggs, until completely beaten, then add the vanilla. 
Slowly add the sugar to the eggs and beat until the mixture is thick and creamy.
Reduce the speed to low and add the melted butter and milk from the saucepan.
A little at a time slowly add the flour while the mixer is mixing until the mixture is fully incorporated.
Using a cooking spray with flour, spray a 9 X 13 baking dish.
Pour the batter into the 9 X 13 baking dish and  bake for 30 minutes, or until the center will test clean.
Remove the cake from the oven to a cooling rack.
When the cake has cooled to the point that it is pulling away from the sides move it to a serving platter that is deep enough to catch the overflow of the Tres Leches (3 milks mixture).
In a mixing pitcher, mix the Sweetened Condensed Milk, Evaporated Milk, and heavy cream.
With a small toothpick or wooden skewer, poke holes in the top of the cake.
VERY SLOWLY pour the Tres Leches (3 Milk Mixture) over the cake, stopping along the way to let the cake absorb the milk mixture.
When you have added all the milk. Refrigerate the cake for 24 hours.
Before serving, in a chilled mixing bowl, mix the whipping cream, corn syrup, confectioners sugar and vanilla until there are soft peaks.
Frost the cake and garnish with the toasted coconut and berries.
The cake must be refrigerated and will keep in the refrigerator for about 3 days after frosted.
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Nana's Tres Leches Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

This Cake Is Very Moist and Rich

Nana's Tres Leches Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Lets Enjoy A Slice Of This Cake

Nana's Tres Leches Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

I sure am glad that you were able to stop by the kitchen today and enjoy a slice of this awesome Nana's Tres Leches Cake. I always look forward to your visits and cake is much better when shared with a friend. Hope you have a fantastic week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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  1. Oh My Word...does this ever sound good! I made a tres leches cake once, but yours with the cinnamon, coconut and berries, must be over the top great!

  2. I adore your Nana's version of the Tres Leches Cake, Miz Helen! I printed it out and realized I have actually, a nice collection of your recipes, and started a special folder with your name on it. Thank you for sharing! It's so awesome hearing about your spiritual retreat that you're going to, have a wonderful relaxation and a great time with your friends!

  3. Sounds and looks absolutely divine!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. My, this cake looks delicious. I just love Fresh Strawberry Season. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Monday blog party.

  5. Looks so good. I love tres leches - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!

  6. I've always been a bit nervous to make Tres Leches Cake as I was worried about how moist it would be, but your recipe and step by step instructions makes me feel confident to give it a try, Miz Helen. You know how much I love family recipes, and I'm so glad you shared this one with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party! I hope you are having a lovely Mother's Day!


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