An easy version of tres leches cake is featured at BettyCrocker.com and uses one box of yellow cake mix as a shortcut. Food Network's version of tres leches cake is made completely from scratch and includes orange liqueur as a special flavor enhancer.
Three types of dairy products are typically used in tres leches cake, including milk, heavy cream and evaporated milk. Sweetened condensed milk is another ingredient used in some recipes. The boxed cake mix version combines yellow cake mix with 1 1/4 cups water, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 4 eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Dairy ingredients include 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup whole milk and 1 cup whipping cream. Cool the baked cake for several minutes, poke holes in the top of the cake and pour the dairy mixture evenly on top, allowing it to absorb for one hour in the refrigerator.
Making tres leches cake from scratch requires preparing a 10-inch baking pan with cooking spray, flour and greased parchment paper. Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl, and in a separate bowl, whisk egg whites and sugar together until stiff peaks form. Mix the batter thoroughly and pour into the prepared pan, baking for the recommended time. To make the topping combine 1 cup heavy cream and 1 tablespoon powdered sugar. Sprinkle the top with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
A tres leches cake recipe on MarthaStewart involves infusing a made-from-scratch cake with a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and whole milk. A shortcut recipe from Food Network uses cake mix to simplify the process.
Follow the recipe on MarthaStewart by mixing 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt in a bowl. Beat 5 eggs and 3/4 cup sugar in another bowl until the mixture is light and creamy before adding 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Slowly beat in the flour mixture. Use a spatula to gently incorporate 1/2 cup of melted butter. Pour the batter into a buttered 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes or until the cake is cooked through and forms a golden crust.
Combine 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk, 12 ounces of evaporated milk and 1 cup of whole milk. Use a toothpick to pierce the cake all over while it is still warm and drench it with the milk mixture. Top the cooled cake with sweetened whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Follow the recipe on Food Network by preparing a yellow cake mix with pudding according to the package directions. Prick the cake all over with a fork and pour over a mixture comprising 1 can of evaporated milk, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 pint of heavy whipping cream and 1/2 cup of rum. When the cake is cool, top it with whipped cream and sweetened coconut.