Monday, April 05, 2010

Tres leche cake and my moms birthday.

beautiful mama


So my mom is pretty awesome. She’s gorgeous and sweet and fiercely loyal. She has a fantastic sense of humor and this laugh that’s contagious, and so loud. As a kid, I could always find her in a huge store because of that laugh. She’s so, so smart, and likes to make jokes about Visigoths and John Calvin. She’s full of hilarious contradictions - she loves People Magazine and National Geographic, documentaries about the environment and the TV show Psych. She was raised a city girl, but now thrives in the country. She’s so strong, and everything I want to be when I grow up.

[93/365] happy easter!

Her birthday was yesterday so I baked her a cake, one she had been wanting for ages, tres leche cake. It’s really perfect for her - not pretentious, and sort of messy. I’d never made it before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. It really good! The sponge cake soaks up all of that delicious milk, leaving it gooey and sweet. Definitely a keeper, since she loved it. Happy Birthday, Mom!

tres leche cake

Tres Leche Cake
from The Pioneer Woman

1 cup All-purpose Flour
1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ teaspoons Salt
5 whole Eggs
1 cup Sugar, Divided
1 teaspoon Vanilla
⅓ cups Milk
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 can Sweetened, Condensed Milk
¼ cups Heavy Cream

FOR THE ICING:
(I skipped this part, it was great without it)

1 pint Heavy Cream, For Whipping
3 Tablespoons Sugar

Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan liberally until coated.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Separate eggs.
Beat egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar on high speed until yolks are pale yellow. Stir in milk and vanilla. Pour egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir very gently until combined.
Beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. With the mixer on, pour in remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until egg whites are stiff but not dry.
Fold egg white mixture into the batter very gently until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and spread to even out the surface.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn cake out onto a rimmed platter and allow to cool.
Combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream in a small pitcher. When cake is cool, pierce the surface with a fork several times. Slowly drizzle all but about 1 cup of the milk mixture—try to get as much around the edges of the cake as you can.
Allow the cake to absorb the milk mixture for 30 minutes. To ice the cake, whip 1 pint heavy cream with 3 tablespoons of sugar until thick and spreadable.
Spread over the surface of the cake. Cut into squares and serve.

63 comments:

  1. ooh i really like tres leche cake! thanks for sharing :)

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  2. This is so sweet about your mom - I swear mom's are the most amazing people on earth. It is so true that there is no one else like your mother.

    Love PW's cake! So glad you made this one. I did do the icing, but you are right - it is fabulous without it.

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  3. I love your mom too. What a great post! The cake looks exactly as you describe it. DELICIOUS!

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  4. Happy Birthday to your mom. Sounds like she is a very special lady. The cake looks wonderful!

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  5. happy birthday to your mom! she sounds like an amazing lady ;)

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  6. Happy Birthday to your mom! And that cake looks mighty tasty... might just have to try making it! Hehe.

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  7. This is so sweet! And your photography is amazing. Keeps getting better and better. Happy birthday to your absolutely fabulous mom.

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  8. What a sweet tribute to your mom. I hope my boys say half the nice things about me that you wrote here. :)

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  9. Looks delicious! And such a lucky mom to have you as a daughter. :-) [K]

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  10. Happy Birthday to your mom! This is such a sweet post. Love the way you write about her. Sounds like she's a truly wonderful person! And I like the cake too, looks delicious.

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  11. She is lovely, and this post is so sweet! Happy birthday to your Mom!

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  12. I'm so curious about where you got this recipe. I have the exact same one, but its written out in Spanish, given to me by a Peruvian woman.

    Its a very delicious cake.

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  13. Such a nice post Hannah! Happy BDay to your mom!!
    Lovely still lifes too. 5D Mark II?

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  14. Brenda: The recipe comes from the pioneer woman! That's neat that you have the same recipe.

    Karen: I wish! xsi.

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  15. such sweet things you say about your mother...i hope you will be just like her. cake sounds good but you making it for her even better. hope your celebrations were awesome.

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  16. Beautiful post. WHat you said about your mom <3
    I'd love to make Tres Leche cake one day!!

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  17. And you are an awesome daughter, glad we share DNA! The cake was absolutely awesome.

    Mom

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  18. Super sweet post for your mom. Hope you had a great time together.

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  19. Happy Birthday to your mom! I need to try that cake.

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  20. This is such a sweet and beautiful post! I love it!

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  21. LOVING your photography.

    Very nice work.

    You teenager food bloggers are making me feel very insignificant.

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  22. Happy Birthday to you mom. That is a very touching and sweet post. I'm certain she is so proud of you.

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  23. Awww, what a sweet dedication for your mom. Happy birthday, Hannah's mom! :)

    Now, that cake sounds great! I'd love to give it a go, but was wondering what a can of evaporated / condensed milk weighed? Wouldn't want to get the wrong one if the Singapore ones measure differently :P

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  24. A lovely cake for a great mom! Happy belated Birthday to her!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  25. mom sounds like a hoot. much like mine. aren't we lucky ones! a perfect sweet for her, it would seem. hope she had a great day.

    cheers,

    *heather*

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  26. mmmm. and what a terribly sweet note to your mama. i hope she got to read it and as always perfect photographs to mark the occasion!

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  27. Looks like that cake was a perfect reflection of an amazing woman! I'd like to eat that cake and meet your mom!
    Happy Birthday!
    ~kristin

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  28. Happy birthday to your Mom! The cake looks delicious- I might try it for my own birthday. ;)

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  29. awww lovely. happy birthday to your mom. love people w/ those kinds of contagious laughs

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  30. Hannah, I can read the love and admiration in your words. Beautiful post!

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  31. I think my favorite line was "likes to make jokes about Visigoths and John Calvin," HA! But it's definitely the highest compliment for a daughter to want to be just like her mom. Very sweet. Happy birthday to her!

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  32. So sweet! Happy bday to your mom! I'm not a big cake fan, but this one has been on my list as well. Sounds amazing.

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  33. aw, your ma sounds like a keeper, and so does this cake recipe! also, psych rules. :)

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  34. Lovely post. Beautiful tribute to your Mom. And the cake sounds so enticing. I'm making it for my own birthday... in two days.

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  35. What a magnificent tribute. (The words, I mean; though the cake also sounds lovely!)

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  36. What a wonderful birthday tribute to your mom. And a beautiful cake too!

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  37. I've wondered if Tres Leche Cake was any good. This looks delicious. Lovely post about your mom.

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  38. Beautiful photography - you are very talented!

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  39. Your lucky to have your mom and vise-versa. Anyway your cake recipe sounds yummy. I'll try this on my birthday. Thanks! :-)

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  40. This looks scrumptious!!! I have to tell you, I just stumbled on your blog and have read through almost all of it- I am in love with your photos and recipes!!! I have recently gotten much more into cooking and baking, so I am so excited to try some of your recipes! :) xoxox Holly

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  41. What a wonderful shot of your mother. She sounds like a fabulous person and I'm in awe of your respect and admiration for her. Lucky, lucky women, both of you! Tres leches cake is very popular here, but I've only made it once myself -- with quatros leches :) Yum to any version of this great cake.

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  42. Happy Birthday to your mom! Sounds like you know her well and gave her the exact cake she wanted! My moms birthday is tomorrow, I'm going to bake her a cake too!

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  44. Happy belated bday to your mom! How lucky the both of you are! And, that is one gorgeous tres leches cake.

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  45. What a great treat, happy birthday to your mom! She's lucky to have you around to bake such wonderful cakes for her!

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  46. I haven't made tres leches in a long time. This looks wonderful! I love your pictures.

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  47. woah, Im way behind on my blog readin! I love tres leches cake....there is a porto rican restaurant right down the street who has killer tl cake...I will have to give yours a try :)

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  48. Hi, I found your blog yesterday & I just wanted to say I am loving your unpretentious photography/food styling & the honesty of your writing. It is really beautiful.

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  49. Your mom is beautiful. Happy Birthday! Oh, and the cake looks good, too. ;)

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  50. My grandmother is half Asian. For some reasons, she did not like cream. I am not sure what the reasons were. But I still enjoy making cake for my moms and every woman in my family.

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  51. Apparently, I have not been around. Happy Birthday to your mom. It was a lovely tribute. The cake looks great. I like that you skipped the icing.

    LIsaDay

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  52. just made this cake and it was delicious! your mom is a lucky woman.

    one question--was yours just soaked at the bottom or all the way through?? mine was only soaked at the bottom. still yummy but i wasn't sure if i messed something up.

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  53. Such a nice post Hannah! Happy BDay to your mom!!

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  55. All the way through?? my own was only saturated at the end. still delicious but i wasn't sure if i screwed something up. netflix account

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