tres leches cake


tres le·​ches cake ˈtrās-ˈlā-chās- How to pronounce tres leches cake (audio)
variants or tres leches
: a sponge cake soaked in a mixture of condensed milk, evaporated milk, and cream
At its most basic, tres leches cake is just a big, luscious sponge. Once you bake the dense cake, you soak it in a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and cream.Emily Nunn
The tres leches is as marvelous and moist as ever beneath its soft meringue topping, thanks to enough salt content to balance the sweetness.Alison Cook

Examples of tres leches cake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The restaurant also serves desserts, including tres leches cake and flan. Sean Krofssik, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2024 For dessert, Chick-N-Burger offers tres leches cake. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 29 May 2024 Laura’s pricey tres leches cake with a chocolate brandy sidecar was a fun idea, the judges said, but the two didn’t complement each other. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 17 Apr. 2024 As for the tres leches cake, my companion was still craving it the next day. The Arizona Republic, 26 Feb. 2024 Dessert at Santo is more of a surprise, but a recent example is a tres leches cake. The Arizona Republic, 26 Feb. 2024 Even the tres leches cake, festooned with seasonal fruit and marigold petals, is swoon-worthy. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 The Mexican-Borinquen theme repeats in a passion fruit tres leches cake that turns cuatro with the addition of coconut milk. Gabe Hiatt, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 The bakery serves tres leches cake, empanadas, kolaches, lattes, and cappuccinos, but their masterpieces are custom cakes and doughnuts. Haley Laurence |, al, 20 July 2023

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Word History


borrowed from Spanish tres leches "three milks," referring to the three milk products used in the cake

Note: The name of the cake in Spanish is pastel de tres leches, torta de tres leches, and other variants.

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tres leches cake was in 1984

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“Tres leches cake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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