Salted Caramel Tres Leches Cake is drenched with Condensed Milk, Evaporated Milk, Half & Half and Salted Caramel finished with homemade Salted Caramel
Its always been a tough choice for me. Caramel or Chocolate? Luckily most of the time I put them together so I get the best of both worlds. But sometimes there is nothing quite like a spoon full of salted caramel. Pure, creamy, salty but sweet goodness. Really there is nothing like homemade salted caramel. And its so damn easy to make. I always have some in my fridge. For those instant gratification moments. It’s been a long Monday and a spoon full of salted caramel always does the trick for me.
The last chocolate cake I made was a spin on this one but I instead of plain whipped cream I added salted caramel to the heavy cream as it whipped. Woah. Life changer.
It got me thinking about cream and caramel. 9 times out of 10 I always pick caramel ice cream. Then I thought about this Bailey’s Tres Leches Cake. You see where this is going hence the title of this post.
Happy to say it was a great combination. But it ain’t for people who don’t like sweets. This is a sweet cake. Sweet in the best way. There is salted caramel in the cake batter, in the milk soak, in the whipped cream and of course a generous drizzle on top ( only for decoration, of course 😉 )
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9X13 pan and set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the cake flour, salt and baking powder.
In the bowl of an electric mixer whisk the egg whites on high. Until stiff peaks form. Then add to a clean bowl.
Using the same electric mixer bowl with a paddle fitting add the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Add in granulated sugar and mix for 3-5 minute until the butter and granulated sugar are fully combined. Then add the salted caramel. Add in the egg yolks one at a time then the vanilla extract.
Add the dry mixture to the wet, mixing until just combined. Fold in egg whites. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 22-26 minutes, until when touched the cake bounces back.
Let cool on wire rack. Once completely cool prepare the milk soak.
In a large bowl combine evaporated milk, condensed milk, half & half and salted caramel.
Using a skewer or fork poke the cake many times. The more holes the better. Then pour the milk soak evenly over the whole cake.
In a large bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attachment beat the whipped cream and 3oz salted caramel. Beat until stiff peaks form. Then spread on top of the cake. Drizzle remaining salted caramel. This cake is best if it sits in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Serve cold.