Tres Leches Cake Has Its Origins in Condensed Milk
Tres leches cakes are a wonderfully decadent dessert that we are now offering at Ontario Bakery.
You’re in for a treat if you’re not familiar with the tres leches cake. Tres leches is a sponge cake drenched in evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and whole milk.
Three Different Milks
Yes, you read right. That’s three different milks all in one cake, hence the name tres leches, which means three milks in Spanish. Though it is soaked in three different milks, the cake’s spongy texture means the cake is mushy but not soggy.
For years, this kind of cake has been a staple of many celebrations throughout Latin America and, more recently, the United States. The cake is similar to others in Europe, such as the tiramisu
"Like a child with too many fathers"
However, no one can agree where exactly the cake originated, with several countries and even one maker of condensed milk claiming to have created this delicious cake. So many have tried to take the credit that San Francisco Chronicle writer Jacqueline Higuera McMahon once quipped, "It seems to be like a child with too many fathers.”
Most often, historians have credited Nicaragua and Mexico for coming up with the recipe. What is known is that canned condensed milk and evaporated milk was first sold in the mid to late 1800s.
Regional and other variations
To be sure, there are regional and other variations of the tres leches cake. Sometimes, Mexicans add a fourth kind of milk called “cajeta,” which is super sweet syrup made from sweetened caramelized milk. The cake then becomes the cuatro leches, or four milks, cake.
Other variations include adding ingredients such as chocolate, fruit or nuts.
Tres leches has obviously transcended borders, with even popular ice cream makers jumping into the fray by creating tres leches ice creams.
The cake seems to be most popular in Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Guatemala. Come try a slice of our tres leches cake next time you visit us.
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