Bake a classic Mexican tres leches cake, sometimes called a milk cake, for an afternoon treat or coffee morning - it gets its name from the three types of milk used.
Heat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Lightly oil and line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin.
Put the egg whites in a large bowl with a pinch of salt. Beat with an electric hand whisk until foamy, about 3 mins. Keep mixing while you add 150g of the sugar, a spoonful at a time, until thick and glossy.
In another bowl, mix the egg yolks, remaining sugar and vanilla (no need to clean the beaters first) for 2 mins, or until pale and foamy. Add the flour, baking powder and milk to the egg yolks, and use a spatula to fold everything together.
Add a large spoonful of egg white to the cake mix, beat together to loosen the mixture, then gently fold through the remaining egg whites with a large metal spoon (being careful not to over-stir so you don’t knock out too much air), until you have a smooth batter.
Pour into the tin, smooth the top and bake for 40-45 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Mix together the evaporated milk, condensed milk and 3 tbsp of the cream.
Leave the cake to cool for 10 mins in the tin, then ease a knife around the sides. Poke holes over the surface with a skewer, then pour over half the milk mixture. After 5 mins or so, most of it should have soaked into the cake. Leave for another 5 mins, then transfer to a plate and pour over some of the remaining milk until it starts to leak a little. (Any leftover milk that won’t soak into the cake can be served on the side.) Leave to cool.
Whip the remaining cream and icing sugar together until holding soft peaks. Spread the cream over the cake and sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Can be made and chilled a day ahead. Serve in squares with any remaining soaking milk.
Credit: Cassie Best
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 45 Minutes (+ Cooling)
Flavourless oil , for the tin
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
410g can evaporated milk
200ml sweetened condensed milk
300ml double cream
2 tbsp icing sugar
Pinch of cinnamon