Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Eggless Strawberry Pastel de Tres Leches - Three milk Cake with Fresh Strawberries

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Eggless Strawberry Pastel de Tres Leches, I can't think of another way to describe this cake other than as Simple yet Sophisticated. We found each and every bite luscious and irresistible! It was rich, creamy, dreamy and a heavenly cake. Once you tuck into it, you never know when to stop because let me warn you it is dangerously delicious.


Pastel de Tres Leches, was the cake I wanted to bake and I waited more than almost five months patiently for another birthday in the family. If you've been a reader of this blog, you'll know that I'm not much of a baking person, especially baking cakes. I find them tricky and difficult and end results being sort of 'meh' when you are expecting to see one of those cake that you see on social media that are like a piece of art just splendid with wow factors that almost you can keep them as a show piece in your living room.


In baking, my trouble starts when I decide to bake cakes and cookies without eggs, once I overcome that factor, my biggest fear is to decorate the cake, I do not have artistic mind or hands. I get tired of running back and forth for the littlest things therefore I like to bake simplest cake as possible and not so complicated decorations.


So that was the reason I chose to bake Eggless Strawberry Pastle de Tres Leches on our son's birthday as this is the cake without any fuss, he is a die hard fan of strawberries and Cream, also this cake is great for warmer days and great reason I love finding inspiration for authentic and new recipes from different cultures around the globe. Cooking with various and different flavours is always the fun part and pretend to be in that culture or country for a while.  Whether it's an authentic Christmas treat Panforte from Italy, modern Matcha (Green Tea) Shortbread Cookies using green tea from Japan or modern twist on the classic middle eastern dessert Baklava and prepared Baklava Cake , there will be always new recipes to learn from other cultures.


The Tres de Leches cakes, is a Latin American Dessert, served on a special occasions like wedding and Christening, meaning 'Three Milks Cake' very moist cake soaked in three different types of milk and this cake is typically baked in a sheet pan.  The cake is an intriguing creation, it's managing to be both rich and light at the same time.


Eggless Strawberry Pastel de Tres Leches is my version,  It's egg free, and I decided and couldn't resist to transform it into a layered cake. I have baked sponge cake layers in three different baking tins without using Butter, and soaked them in luscious three milks mixture that made this cake rich and intense. This cake has layers of fresh strawberry and whipped cream filling between the layers and the whole cake is frosted with whipped cream and topped with whole strawberries.


Eggless Strawberry Pastel de Tres Leches cake is rich, creamy and dreamy. This heavenly cake is just mouthwatering and irresistible which won't last long on the table. This is pure indulgence!

Strawberry Pastel de Tres Leches worked out beautifully for me, No wonders as to why my cake platter was so clean that evening! Oh Boy, that was one incredibly satisfying piece of cake, the whole family seems to really love this cake too. It would make an excellent special occasion cake for Birthdays or any get-together. I hope you bake it and enjoy it too!



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Eggless Pastel de Tres Leches - Eggless Three Milks Cake With Fresh Strawberries
Eggless Strawberry Pastel de Tres Leches cake is rich, creamy and dreamy. This heavenly cake is just mouthwatering and irresistible which won't last long on the table. This is pure indulgence!

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE LAYERS:-
  • 2 cup Plain flour ( Maida )
  • 1 cup Plain natural full fat yogurt at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Sunflower oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp ( One and a half tea spoon) Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • FOR THE MILK SYRUP
  • 1/4 cup Double cream
  • 1/2 cup Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated milk
  • FOR THE FROSTING AND DECOR
  • 1 1/2 cup Whipping Cream
  • 2 tbsp. Powdered sugar
  • 500 g Fresh Strawberries
Instructions
Preheat the oven to gas mark 4, 350 F or 180 C.
Butter and flour three 6" or 9" round cake tin . 
Whisk together yogurt and sugar in a bowl till sugar dissolves properly. 
Add baking powder and Baking Soda, leave it for few minutes (4-5) to let rise the yogurt mixture.
Once it bubbled up, add oil and vanilla extract, mix well and add sifted plain flour.
Combine everything, don't beat the mixture too much.
Divide evenly between three cake pans and bake about 40-45 minutes ( Eggless cake takes more time to bake ) or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Once cakes are done, remove it from the oven and let it cool at room temperature. Once cakes are cooled properly, trim the edges with serrated knife to even out.
Meanwhile prepare the three milk syrup by mixing cream, condensed milk and evaporated milk and gently heat in a pan.
Leave the mixture to cool.
Lined baking tray with the parchment paper.
Place three layers of the cake on a parchment paper, using a fork or a toothpick to poke the cake. Use a spoon to pour on three milk syrup, maybe you won't need all of the milk mixture. 
Let the cake absorb all the milk, if think cake needs more milk mixture then pour couple of spoons or leave it.
Cover the cake with the cling films and leave it in the fridge over night. 
Once you are ready to assemble the cake, wash and clean the strawberries, pat dry and halve them. first prepare frosting by, in a stand mixture beat the cream and sugar until thick and spreadable.
Now carefully lift one soaked cake layer and put it on the cake platter.
Take few tablespoons of frosted cream and spread over the first layer of cake, then arrange few sliced strawberries.
Now again carefully lift the second layer of the cake, and arrange on the first layer of the cake and once again frost the second layer with the whipped cream and arrange few sliced strawberries.
Repeat the same procedure with the third layer too, then frost the top and sides of the cake with remaining whipped cream. 
Try to smooth out frosting as much as possible. 
I decorated the top with the whole strawberries but you can use halved too.
Refrigerated until ready to serve. 
Simple yet sophisticated cake ready for you to
Enjoy !
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10-12 servings








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5 comments:

  1. That is one delicious looking dessert. Sponge cake soaked in all that goodness? Covered with whipped cream & strawberries. Yes!!!

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  2. What a lovely cake! It's beautiful and looks deliciously moist in the middle!

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  3. This cake looks amazing!! I've never made one this pretty before, but I think I can master it, especially if I get to eat it!!

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  4. That cake looks fabulous and sounds phenomenal. I love the strawberries, too!

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