Today is my wife's 30th birthday. I am not exaggerating when I say that she doesn't look at day over 25. She is as beautiful now as the day that I met her. It is crazy to think back to the first birthday we shared together 6 years ago in Californa (it was a flu ridden disaster) and see where we are now married with a daughter. With all that has been going on lately, I want to do something to brighten up her birthday.
During college, Lindsey lived in Costa Rica on two separate occasions both studying abroad and for fun. In that time, she became addicted to the many different meals that her Costa Rican "mother" cooked for her. One of the things that she absolutely fell in love with was a dessert called Tres Leches (Three Milks) Cake. She always talks up how delicious this cake is, and whenever we are at a restaurant that offers it, there is no doubt she will order it. Today, for my random act of birthday kindness, I am going to attempt to cook her a Tres Leches cake that will hopefully be on par with the ones she has had in the past. This will still be a surprise to her because she typically doesn't get the time to read my blog until the night time. I will post a picture of my cake later to compare to the one above, but my guess is that it won't look anywhere near the same.
For those asking, here is the recipe. It came out perfectly.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9x13 inch baking pan.
- Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.
- Cream butter or margarine and the 1 cup sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; beat well.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture 2 tablespoons at a time; mix until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Pierce cake several times with a fork.
- Combine the whole milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk together. Pour over the top of the cooled cake.
- Whip whipping cream, the remaining 1 cup of the sugar, and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla together until thick. Spread over the top of cake. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Be sure and keep cake refrigerated, enjoy!