It’s a glorious weekend for a barbecue – Summer is here! So this #SundaySupper is a BBQ Party theme, hosted by Jennie of The Messy Baker. Now, although cake is not traditional BBQ food, when it comes to a cookout, I’m in charge of dessert. I leave my friends to get in touch with their inner pyromaniac lighting and cooking on the barbie, and I sort the pud for when everyone craves that sweet kick at the end of the evening. It’s a system that seems to work, so this week, I’m offering a summery, South American Tres Leches Cake.
I first became acquainted with a pastel de tres leches whilst in South America, though, being coeliac, I couldn’t try it. I had almost forgotten about it (it’s not really a cake which is well-known here in the UK), but then I was searching for something to make for the Spanish club I run, to give my students a taste of South America, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a Tres Leches Cake that I could try too!
It is a lovely, simple cake for outdoor entertaining, because it is so effortlessly light – it’s not a doorstop of a cake you have to eat on an empty stomach. Its milky sweetness is also very satisfying and has a kind of nostalgia to it – a taste of childhood.
Tres Leches means ‘three milks’, because the cake is soaked in a three-milk mixture once baked. It can look a bit kitsch when cut into squares and topped with a glace cherry, so I baked a round cake and topped with chocolate sprinkles for something a little different (ok, you may think chocolate sprinkles are still kitsch but I’m fine with that!)
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