Our tres leches challenge cakes! :)

Cake challenges, Special everyday cakes and treats

Are you curious to see how everyone did with their tres leches cake?  They can be quite a challenge!  You need a certain consistency of sponge so the liquid doesn’t bounce off it!  And the right quantity of three kinds of milk to produce a cake that has been soaked but doesn’t disintegrate!  As for the taste, sweet but not too sweet?  Tres leches cakes are definitely a balancing act!  Now let’s appreciate the wonderful cakes everyone has made! 🙂

Chef Ruben’s tres leches cake – the inspiration for this challenge!

Link up to the tres leches party! So hello fellow tres leches cake-making friends!  Hope you had fun and didn’t get into a little panic like I did! 🙂  I can’t wait to see what you’ve made and I know we’d all love to read about each other’s milky masterpieces and adventures.  So please add the link to your tres leches post in the comments section below, plus any information (a few sentences) you’d like to have included here, like ‘Absolutely delicious!’  I’ll transfer the link and comment to the main body of this post so readers can find them more easily.  And if you don’t mind I’ll try posting a photo of your cake too next to the link? If ‘technology’ allows me!

Here’s a BEAUTIFUL CLASSIC TRES LECHES CAKE by DEBORAH of Circadian Reflections.

Copyright © 2015 Deborah M. Zajac. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED In April Lili of Lili's Cakes blog challenge her readers to make a Tres Leches Cake and since I had never made one I decided to participate. On Mother's Day I made my cake.  I used a Martha Stewart recipe I found online since I couldn't get to the box with my Mexican Cookbook. 90% of my books are packed and stacked in boxes in the garage while we're working on the house.  Anyway, the recipe was pretty easy, and I think the cake is delicious. Unfortunately, aside from #1 Grandson noone in my family likes milk so it didn't get rave reviews here. :(   So, I pieced it out to neighbors. What are neighbors for right?  Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| SB910 camera left slightly above hero at 1/8pwr bounced off ceiling, triggered with SU800| CS6

Copyright © 2015 Deborah M. Zajac. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

You can tell she’s a photographer can’t you?  Stunning!  Deborah reports the cake is delicious and the recipe easy, if you’d like to go over and check it out here!  The recipe she uses seems to be the classic go-to version, which is always great to know!  She also has a little story which involves a lucky work crew!  🙂

Here’s a photo and link for my ‘LIGHTER’ COCONUT, PINEAPPLE, LIME AND RUM TRES LECHES CAKE I had a few failures with dry sponges before succeeding.  I’ve discovered a very fine genoise sponge is a no-no because it doesn’t absorb milk well.  So I used granulated sugar instead of caster then added lime juice, creating a sponge with more ‘open pores’.   I forgot to pour the extra milks on and around the slice for the photo, which of course helps add that tres leches moisture!  The piña colada flavours were lovely but I’m pretty keen on trying all the other versions here!!! 🙂

Now here’s the link and photo for a very exciting ALLERGY-FRIENDLY COCONUT TRES LECHES CAKE from NINA of Healing with Food.  It’s beautiful and the raspberries will go really well with it!Great for all you guys who’d like a gluten and dairy-free version.  Hurray!  Nina uses gluten free baking flour, but do go over and visit her to find out how she made the three milks cake without milk and also uses coconut oil!

And the next version is a beautiful EXOTIC LEMONGRASS COCONUT TRES LECHES CAKE by Ten.times.tea.

This is such an interesting version, with the lemongrass that I’m sure we’d all love to experiment with now and the toasted black sesame seeds too!!!  Ten.times.tea also goes over the whole cake-making process really well.  Can’t wait to visit?!  Click on the name of her cake above, as for all the links!  🙂

Then comes the next photo and link for Sridevi’s super-moist-looking CLASSIC TRES LECHES CAKE with MILK CHOCOLATE TOPPING!!! over at Coconut craze.

I’m sure you’d love to visit Sridevi!  She has a great tip for making a sponge that soaks in the milks, and looking at the photo I’d say it works!  Really beautiful and moist!  Of course I love the addition of chocolate on top too! 🙂

This is one that Albert the Dog helped make!   Another beautifully moist version, a COCONUT TRES LECHES CAKE  with a TOUCH OF LIME! (article:  How to help your human bake a cake:  a guide for dogs).   Not only do you get a recipe but you can also enjoy reading about Albert’s hilarious adventures making the cake with his lady!  You really have to see the lovely photo of Albert the Dog with his chef’s hat!

It’s such a beautiful photo and cake!!  I’d say it looks very professional and I’m starting to crave a whipped cream topping after looking at this and some of the other tres leches cakes here!  There’s also a great idea involved for the topping, which gives it a little crunch!

Actually, every time I see everyone’s tres leches cakes I just go WOW!  And the first time you were making it too!  Impressive.  I’d like to make ALL the versions!  They look so yummy!

Who’s next? …  this space has your name on it! 🙂

P.S. If you’re suddenly inspired there’s an extended deadline for everyone – you can have the weekend to make the cake and just send a photo and comment to liliscakes@liliscakes.com or to the facebook page if you prefer not to write a post.  All tres leches cakes are welcome! 


P.P.S.  I’m going to include a photo of Naina’s TRES LECHES CAKELETS and link to the recipe at her blog Spice in the City.  Though Naina didn’t exactly participate in this challenge, I’m sure everyone will be happy to see her beautiful cakes.  Could not resist putting them here! 🙂small-tl-cake5And here’s a fabulous TRES LECHES CAKE with STRAWBERRIES from Linda of the Fabulous Fare Sisters! Linda made this just recently in April and reports that tres leches is the most delicious cake in the world and this one is a family favourite now!   She also has a great tip regarding vanilla beans!  Don’t forget to visit!  🙂

And if you haven’t made a tres leches cake yet, are you inspired?!  Remember what Linda said:


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Baking on Sundays with my French mum was a lovely part of my childhood. Later I experimented with baking books or internet recipes and did the pâtisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Still trying out new recipes and inventing cakes with influences from all around the world, including some healthier ones. Yes, love cakes!!! Hope you'll love them too and have fun baking. :)

27 thoughts on “Our tres leches challenge cakes! :)”

  1. Pingback: Tres Leches Cake Challenge | Circadianreflections Blog

    • Thanks Deborah! I just popped over and looked at your cake and it looks delicious – I love the texture, topping and fruit on it!!! I would definitely have helped you eat it!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the challenge!
      What’s your new idea for the cake?

      I’ll put your stunning photo and comment on the post if that’s okay with you… Thanks for bringing your cake to the tres leches cake party … ! We’ll eat it! 🙂

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    • Thanks for the link Naina – your tres leches cakelets are beautiful!!! I’ve included them in a P.P.S.! 🙂


    • Hi Nina, I’m so glad you had fun with the challenge! Your allergy friendly tres leches cake looks beautiful and it’s really nice to see this version. I’d like to try making it one day – also I’ve never made a cake with coconut oil and like the idea. Thanks for participating in the Tres Leches adventure! (a bit into the unknown for us!) 🙂

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  2. Nina says:

    I had a blast. Thanks Lili! All these beautiful cakes are making me feel totally hungry now. . .

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    • 🙂 You’re very welcome Nina and yes, I know… so many lovely cakes! Might be dreaming about cakes again! 🙂


  3. Pingback: lemongrass coconut tres leches cake | ten.times.tea

    • You’re very welcome and I’m so glad you enjoyed the challenge!! 🙂 It’s been fun hosting and seeing all the wonderful tres leches cake versions. Really enjoyed seeing your lemongrass one and the usual interesting thoughts on the process! I’m not an expert on Tres Leches cake but I’ve learnt things from everyone here for future attempts too! 🙂

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  4. Oh my gosh these cakes are gorgeous! What fun it is to see all the different versions! Lili I love those Pineapple flowers! Nina I’m really eager to read your no milk recipe. I wonder if my family would like it?

    Naina your cakelets are so pretty!

    I’m heading to each ladies page now to read their stories.

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    • Hi Deborah! Yes, it’s amazing all the different kinds of beautiful tres leches cakes there are and more have arrived!! 🙂 Thanks, the pineapple flowers are really easy if you ever want to try them out from Angie’s recipe. And let us know if you try out Nina’s no-milk recipe on your family! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for the link Linda!! Your tres leches cake looks yummy and it’s great to see one with strawberries and vanilla bean! I’ve been told the addition of strawberries is very popular in Mexico! Glad you’re enjoying looking at all the other cakes too – so many delicious versions and I want to make them all!!! 🙂

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  5. Nina says:

    I’m so impressed with all these tres leches cakes ladies! All absolutely gorgeous and all very different. Thanks for organising Lili!

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    • You’re all so very welcome! It was fun and interesting baking with other people for a change! 🙂 And I love looking at all these cakes!! It’s really inspiring.

      I’ll have to reblog next week when the post is complete, with a nice collage of all your cakes as the featured image maybe…

      We’ll have to see if we want to do this again. I don’t mind hosting again but I’d be very happy if someone else would like to do it next time too!! Anyone interested? Any suggestions for the next party cake??!! 🙂 No rush… we can think about it…


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