Pastel de tres leches has always been one of my all time favorite cakes, it's so yummy and moist! It's a definite must try if you've never had it. Of course if you have already had tres leches cake, then you know the pure yumminess I'm talking about.
Note: You can half the recipe and just pour it on a 9x13 pan. I did the two round cakes because I wanted to add a filling.
Also, if you want you can also use more egg whites rather than the whole egg. Maybe 5 whole eggs and 5 egg whites, it should work just fine. It will cut out the calories by a bit, but it really won't be much considering everything else that will go into this cake ;)
INGREDIENTS FOR CAKE:
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
INGREDIENTS FOR MILK MIXTURE: Mix all three ingredients together
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 cup milk
INGREDIENTS FOR WHIPPED TOPPING:
Whipping cream (Heavy or regular)
Start out by whisking together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl, set aside. In a separate bowl beat the eggs and sugar until thick, add vanilla. Incorporate the dry ingredient mixture and mix well. Fold in melted butter until well combined. Pour cake batter into two greased 9" round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes. Test by inserting a toothpick in the middle and checking if it comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.
I leveled my cakes by removing some of the top, by doing so, I exposed the cake and didn't have to poke any holes before pouring the milk mixture. You will have to poke your cake if you are only doing a single layer. Pour the milk mixture over the cake(s), make sure you pour the milk evenly so that your whole cake is moist. Pour it slowly, wait for the cake to absorb the milk and continue until you use up all your milk mixture.
Whip cream and when it's almost set, add powdered sugar to your liking, continue beating on high speed until cream is thick and peaks are formed.
Add whipped cream and fresh fruit on top of your first cake, place your second cake over it. Frost all of your cake with the remainder of the whipped cream. Add more fresh fruit on the top or decorate as you wish. Enjoy!
Hopefully my instructions aren't too confusing, let me know if you have any questions.