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Cook: 40 - 45 min.


Torta de Tres Leches or Three Milk Cake is a popular dessert in Colombia and Latin America.

  • Cake:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Three milks sauce:
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting:
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
Grease and lightly flour a baking dish.
To make the cake: In a bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.
In a small pot heat the milk and butter, remove from the heat and set aside.
In a large bowl beat the eggs with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes. Add the sugar and continue mixing for 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to low. Add the flour mixture, butter mixture and vanilla extract and mix for 1 more minute.
Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean. Remove cake from the oven and with a fork make holes all over the top of the cake.
Set aside to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

When the cake is cooling, make the milk sauce, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.
Pour the 3 milks sauce over the cake until it is all absorbed. Refrigerate for a least 3 hours or overnight before frosting.

For the frosting, in a small pot mix the water and sugar, over medium high heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Set aside.
Beat the egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff peaks are formed. While beating the egg whites, add sugar syrup and continue beating for 5 more minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat 1 more minute. Spread the frosting over the cake and refrigerate into ready to serve.

Recipe: Wayne Dugmore
Photo and note:  Maryke Nel McCaig
I have tried the “Tres Leche Cake” or better known as the “3 Milk Cake”.  I bought the cream for the whipped topping, but did not use it as the cake is yummy without fancy trimmings. I only had one small problem. None of my baking pans are the right size. So the cake is quite high and the 3 milk sauce could not reach the middle. As I had some evaporated milk over and a half tin of caramel, I mixed it with some whole milk and pour a little over each slice. Better than good.


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