Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
Updated: Oct 27, 2020
The first weekend of July this year is not only 4th of July weekend but when we plan on celebrating my stepdad's birthday. Earlier this year I asked him for an idea of what I should make next. His answer "three milks cake". I didn't get to make it then but, I stored that idea away for his birthday. He normally doesn't ask for something like this so I wanted to save it for a day worth celebrating. This will be my first from scratch tres leches cake and also the first tres leches cake I've made in years. I don't quite remember my cousin's chocolate tres leches recipe from back then so I decided to create a new one.
Let's get started!! Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spray this really well because we are flipping the cake out of the pan. Now in a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
Next, we'll combine the melted butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, coffee, and 1/2 cup water. A lot of chocolate recipes call for some form of coffee or espresso. This is because it enhances the chocolate flavor. Adding fresh coffee is a technique I hadn't heard but, it's one that I learned my grandma did when she'd make a chocolate cake. If you don't want to melt the butter on the stove, you can put it in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it in the microwave. Just do this in 30-second intervals. Take the chocolatey mixture and add it to the flour mixture.
Finally, add the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Once mixed, pour it into the prepared baking pan. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle come out clean.
While the cake is baking make the milk mixture. Combine a can of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream.
After the cake is baked, let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Flip it out onto a plate then pierce it with a skewer all over the cake. Pour the milk mixture over the cake. Chill it in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
While the cake is chilling, make the whipped cream. Combine the cream and sugar together and whip it. That's all it takes to make whipped cream. I recommend using a hand or stand mixer to whip because it will take forever if you whisk it by hand (been there done that). Decorate the cake with the whipped cream and you're done.