Friday, September 27, 2013

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches



Inma of la Galletika was our Sept. 2013 Daring Bakers’ hostess and WOW did she bring us something decadent and delicious! Pastel de Tres Leches or Three Milk Cake, creamy yet airy, super moist but not soggy.. just plain delish!

I've made different tres leches cake recipes before, but I think this is my favorite. The warm milk mixture soaked in really well, and cooking it allowed me to bring a caramelized flavor to the milk. I usually see tres leches cake layered and/or decorated with strawberries, but while blueberries are in season, they're my berry of choice. Plus, blueberries and cream cake just sounded awesome.

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches
I overwhipped the whipped cream, not quite into butter, but it looks like ricotta. Which still doesn't sound bad, since sweetened ricotta is still fantastic in its own right--cannoli cake, anyone??

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches
Mmm, looks like moist.

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches
I don't have a tall cake pan, so I just baked two short cakes in the two pans I have.

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches
The tres leches mixture. I didn't keep stirring, so some of the milk solids caramelized a little, but they tasted really good. If they'd tasted burnt, I wouldn't tossed the whole mixture out.

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches
Soaking the cakes.

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches
I layered the whipped cream and blueberries onto the top layer.

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches
Then slipped the soaked bottom layer out of the cake pan, took a deep breath, and ...

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches
Flipped it onto the top layer. I removed the plastic wrap from the bottom layer.

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches
Put my cake plate onto the bottom layer.

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches
And carefully did another flip-dee-doo.

Daring Bakers September: Pastel de Tres Leches
And that's how I went about the daunting and seemingly intimidating task of building a layered tres leches cake. It worked with this recipe, but I wouldn't try it with a recipe where you soak the cake totally in milk mixture until it's just a soggy lump. Then you'd have like a trifle mush or something.

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3 comments:

Aisha said...

It looks delicous!!!

The Betz Family said...

I think I overwhipped my whipping cream too. Your blueberries look yummy! Nice job on the challenge!

Esmé (Kulturní kulinárium) said...

It looks very fresh :-)

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