Thinking of You: Tres Leches Cake

Isn't it great, how sometimes eating a certain food can automatically make you think of a loved one?

A few years back, my younger (and taller) sister came for a visit and on one of our outings, had a delicious tres leches cake (in Spanish: "three milks cake") that she still talks about. I snagged a bite of that cake myself, and yes it was delightful. Unfortunately, the restaurant where we had it is no longer in business. Still, whenever I see tres leches listed on a dessert menu, I think of my sister.

Disappointingly, while delicious in their own right, nothing we've sampled on a menu has ever come close to the cake we had back then, so the last time we were together, we decided to try to make it ourselves. Baking makes me nervous, and I've never tried to make tres leches cake before, but my sister is an incredible baker, so I chose the recipe, and then let her take the lead on the actual baking part.

I searched and searched until I found the "Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche" from Food & Wine magazine. You can get the recipe here.

I chose this recipe because not only do you top the cake with dulce de leche before serving, but it also has rum listed as one of the ingredients.

This is important because:
A) I like cake
B) I like rum
C) I like to have my rum and eat it too
D) All of the above

Answer: D
Try the recipe. This cake is amazingly delicious. And now when I think of tres leches cake, I'll think of making and eating it with my sister.

We may or may not have added too much rum, but with the addition of some vanilla ice cream on top, it made for a fantastic girls' night treat. Just maybe don't operate heavy machinery after you've had a piece.