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November 10, 2012

Favorite Caribbean Dessert - Coconut Tres Leches Cake

Favorite Caribbean Dessert - Coconut Tres Leches Cake

Coconut Tres Leches Cake Recipe

By Regan Burns

Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins, plus soaking time | Active Time: 1 hr 15 mins | Makes: 12


This supereasy cake, soaked with a milky mixture laced with dark rum and coconut milk, is one of our most

popular recipes. We’ve tested it at several parties and have yet to take home anything but an empty baking

dish and a whole bunch of recipe requests. So here it is! Be sure to make it well before you want to serve

it—the longer it sits, the better it gets. And don’t skip the toasted coconut!

This recipe was featured as part of our Build Your Own Burrito Bar menu.


Butter, for coating the baking dish

1 cup all-purpose flour

6 large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2/3 cup evaporated milk (not nonfat)

1/2 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk

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1 tablespoon dark rum, such as Myers’s, plus more as needed

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 tablespoon powdered sugar



butter; set aside. Place the flour in a small bowl and whisk to aerate and break up any lumps; set


  1. Separatetheeggs,placingtheyolksinthebowlofastandmixer.Reservethewhitesinaseparate,

    very clean, medium bowl. Add the sugar to the yolks and, using the paddle attachment, beat on high

    speed until pale yellow, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl; set aside. Thoroughly

    clean and dry the stand mixer bowl. Place the egg whites in the clean bowl and, using the whisk

    attachment, whip on high speed until medium peaks form, about 1 1/2 minutes.

  2. Usingarubberspatula,stiraboutathirdoftheeggwhitesintotheyolkmixturetolightenit.Then

    gently fold in the remaining whites. Sprinkle the flour over the egg mixture and gently fold it in, just until

    there are no more white flour streaks. (Do not overmix.)

  3. Pourthebatterintothepreparedbakingdishandbakeuntilthecakeispuffedandgoldenandthe

    edges pull away from the sides of the pan, about 20 to 25 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile,placethethreemilksandtheruminalargebowlandwhiskuntilcombined;setaside.

  5. Removethecakefromtheovenandplaceonawirecoolingrack.Usingatoothpickorwooden

    skewer, poke holes all over the cake and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Pour the milk mixture evenly

    over the cake and continue cooling, about 45 minutes more. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and

    refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

  6. Whenthecakeisreadytoserve,spreadthecoconutinanevenlayerinalargefryingpan.Toastover

    medium heat, stirring often, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. (If the coconut begins

    to burn, reduce the heat.) Immediately remove from the pan to a small bowl.

  7. Placetheheavycreamandpowderedsugarinlargebowlandwhiskuntilmediumpeaksform.(Ifyou

    like, flavor it with a teaspoon of dark rum.) Slice the cake and serve topped with a mound of whipped

    cream and a sprinkle of toasted coconut.

SOURCE: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10649-coconut-tres-leches-cake

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