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

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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 28 Sep. 2023.

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