Tres Leche is a favorite recipe of my brothers… and now I have perfected the recipe to make it Gluten Free so my sis-in-law and myself can enjoy it as well.
A fun Birthday treat!
We always do a family dinner for birthday’s and I always get to fix a dessert for my brothers birthday. This year he wanted Tres Leche, which I love, so I decided to try a GF version so we could all enjoy it.
Now I am not going to lie I was a little nervous. Sometimes gluten free recipes, especially baked goods, can feel gritty and dry, but I was hoping all the milk would really help. Let me tell you this was the BEST Tres Leche I have ever made.
It all starts with the cake
This cake is a little different than you traditional white cake. You separate out the egg whites from the yolks giving the cake a lighter more airy sponge.
It also makes it a perfect cake to absorb all the yumminess!
To let the cake absorb all the yummy you have to poke the living junk out of it. I used a chopstick and made what felt like 1000 holes in the cake.
The more the better… as is almost always the case with a GREAT dessert!
The name of the cake kinda says it all but this cake is soaked in a 3 milk mixture. You combine evaporated milk, coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk… yes all 3 and it is AMAZING!
The key to make this cake perfect is to slow the milk mixture over the warm cake VERY slowly. It should take you a good 4-5 minutes to pour all the liquid over the cake…now I know it will seem like forever but trust me savor the few minutes, you will be glad you did.
If you pour too quickly all the liquid will settle at the bottom… and trust me we don’t want that.
Let it Chill
As good as this cake will smell (oh and trust me it smells SO, SO good) you need to let it sit in the fridge for at least 6 hours, but overnight is best.
As they always say the best things are worth waiting for and this cake is no exception.
Top it off
Fresh whipped cream and strawberries a must for me with this cake. The whipped cream, which is not overly sweet, and the berries really help cut through the richness of the cake.
You can use cool whip if you would like or another berry option, let me know what you like.
Tres Leche Cake
Tres Leche Cake is the perfect sweet treat, and worth every second it takes to make!