Tres Leches Cake (with Rum Fruit Topping)
Why I Love This Recipe
One of my most favorite cakes, especially for Cinco de Mayo!
Ingredients You'll Need
1 stick, unsalted butter (plus more for preparing the baking dish)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 c sugar
1 c all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 c whole milk
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
RUM FRUIT TOPPING:
1/2 c plus 4 TBSP dark rum
1/2 c sugar
4 TBSP water
4 c sliced or diced fresh fruit (I like mangoes, strawberries, kiwi and pineapple)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Butter a 9 x 13 inch glass or ceramic baking dish.
Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until the butter browns, about 7-8 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, whisk the egg whites, baking soda, and salt on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 2-3 minutes.
Add the yolks and whisk until combined.
Reduce speed to medium.
Add the sugar in a slow, steady stream and mix until combined.
Using a rubber spatula, quickly and gently fold in the butter mixture into the egg mixture.
Combine flour and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Sift 1/3 of the flour mix over the egg mix.
Gently fold to combine.
Working quickly, sift the remaining flour mix over egg mix in 2 more additions. Gently fold to combine.
Pour batter into prepared dish and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes.
While the cake is baking, whisk together all 3 milks in a bowl.
Pour over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.
Transfer cake in dish to a rack to cool.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Bring the rum, sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan.
Cook until sugar dissolves, 1-2 minutes.
Let cool for 30 minutes.
Toss the syrup with the fruit.
Refrigerate overnight with the cake.
Spoon on to individual portions of cake when ready to serve.