Strawberry Tres Leches Cake




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Introduction

Indulge in the luscious goodness of a Strawberry Tres Leches Cake, a delightful twist on the classic Tres Leches Cake with the addition of fresh strawberries. This recipe offers a moist and flavorful cake soaked in a blend of three different milks and topped with a creamy strawberry whipped topping.

Why Make This Recipe

If you enjoy the combination of a light and airy cake soaked in a sweet and creamy milk mixture, the Strawberry Tres Leches Cake is a perfect choice. The addition of strawberries adds a fresh and fruity element to this traditional dessert, making it a refreshing treat for any occasion.

How to Make Strawberry Tres Leches Cake

Ingredients

Strawberry Milk

  • 2 cups strawberries, diced
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (15 oz can) evaporated milk
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, 1 stick
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Strawberry Whipped Topping

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup pureed strawberries
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Strawberry Milk: Blend strawberries and sugar, then add evaporated milk, whole milk, and heavy cream. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Cake: Prepare batter, bake in a 9×13 dish, pierce with fork, and cool. Strain strawberry milk and pour over the cake. Chill for at least 4 hours.
  3. Strawberry Whipped Topping: Beat heavy cream, stir in strawberry puree, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Spread on the cake and decorate with fresh strawberries.

How to Serve Strawberry Tres Leches Cake

Serve the Strawberry Tres Leches Cake chilled, allowing the flavors to meld together. Slice and enjoy the rich, moist cake with a dollop of the strawberry whipped topping on each serving.

How to Store Strawberry Tres Leches Cake

Store any leftover cake in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container, for up to 3 days. Be sure to keep it chilled to maintain its freshness.

Tips to Make Strawberry Tres Leches Cake

  • Ensure the cake is completely cooled before pouring the strawberry milk over it to absorb properly.
  • Use ripe and juicy strawberries for the best flavor in both the milk mixture and whipped topping.
  • Whip the cream for the topping until stiff peaks form for a light and fluffy texture.

Variation

For a different twist, try using different berries such as raspberries or blueberries in place of strawberries for a unique flavor profile.

FAQs

  1. Can I use frozen strawberries for this recipe? Yes, you can use frozen strawberries if fresh ones are not available. Thaw and drain them before pureeing.

  2. Is it necessary to chill the cake for 4 hours before serving? Chilling the cake allows the milk mixture to fully soak into the cake, resulting in a more moist and flavorful dessert.

  3. Can I make the cake ahead of time and add the topping later? Yes, you can prepare the cake and milk soaking ahead of time and add the whipped topping just before serving to maintain its freshness and texture.

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