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Tres leches cake with bitter chocolate

This Latin American classic gets its name from the three milks used to soak the featherlight sponge cake - evaporated, condensed and whole milk. Whipped cream and seasonal fruit are typical toppings; we serve ours with a scattering of grated bitter chocolate and cocoa for a touch of bitterness to cut through the sweetness.

You'll need

120 gm butter, melted and cooled, plus extra softened, for greasing 5 eggs 165 gm (3/4 cup) caster sugar 225 gm (1½ cups) plain flour 1 tsp baking powder Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 375 ml (1½ cups) evaporated milk 200 gm condensed milk 250 ml (1 cup) milk 300 ml thickened cream, whipped with ½ tsp ground cinnamon Grated bitter chocolate and Dutch-process cocoa powder, to serve


  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 170C, and butter and line a 15cm x 30cm cake tin (or a 22cm-square cake tin) with baking paper. Whisk eggs and sugar in an electric mixer until pale and tripled in volume (4-5 minutes). Sieve in flour and baking powder, add vanilla and a pinch of salt, fold to combine, then fold in melted butter. Pour mixture into prepared tin, smooth top and bake until puffed and golden, and a skewer inserted withdraws clean (25-30 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, combine the three milks in a jug and set aside. Remove cake from oven, pierce all over with a skewer, then gradually pour milk mixture over cake, allowing it to be absorbed before adding more. Set aside to soak and cool (2-3 hours or overnight). Serve topped with whipped cream, grated chocolate and cocoa.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people

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Jul 2016

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