Tres Leches Cake

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Tres Leches CakeRecipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Mary Catherine Muir
Tres leches ("three milks"), a cake drenched in sweet, milky syrup and topped with meringue, has nearly overtaken flan as a favorite dessert in Latino restaurants. We lightened the traditional recipe by about 245 calories a serving by using lower-fat versions of the milks that give the cake its name.
12 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


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Cooking spray
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large egg whites
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
Milk Mixture:
1 cup half-and-half
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk
3 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon rind
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare cake, coat a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon flour.

Place salt and 4 egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Place 1 teaspoon vanilla and eggs in a large bowl; beat until thick and pale (about 3 minutes). Gently fold egg white mixture into egg mixture. Lightly spoon 2/3 cup flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Gently fold flour into egg mixture. Spoon batter into prepared dish. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack.

To prepare the milk mixture, combine the half-and-half, condensed milk, and evaporated milk. Pierce the entire top of cake with a fork, and pour the milk mixture over the cake.

To prepare meringue, beat 3 egg whites with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until candy thermometer registers 238°. Pour hot sugar syrup in a thin stream over egg whites, beating at high speed. Stir in rind and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread over cake.

Created date

June 2004

Nutritional Information

Calories 309
Caloriesfromfat 11 %
Fat 3.9 g
Satfat 1.9 g
Monofat 1.2 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 9.7 g
Carbohydrate 58.5 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 68 mg
Iron 0.7 mg
Sodium 171 mg
Calcium 197 mg