Tres Leches cake is a sponge cake made with three (tres) milks: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and cream—a heavy hitter in the dairy department and not for the faint of heart. The sponge cake is prepared and baked separately, and then sweet combination of milks is poured into the baked cake and allowed to soak overnight.
The result is decadent.
It’s downright indulgent.
It’s like someone pre-dunked your cake into a glass of milk.
It’s….dare I say…to die for?
Which brings me to the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos. The Day of the Dead is a religious festival of Mexican origin that is celebrated over a couple of days—from October 31 to November 2nd.It’s a time reserved for honoring and paying respect to deceased family members. There's dancing, elaborate costumes and makeup, parades and parties. Gravesites and altars are decorated, and family members leave offerings for their departed loved ones. Many times, food is left as an offering. Tres Leches cake was born in the culinary traditions South and Central America, so it’s a perfect dessert for a Day of the Dead celebration. AND, as an added bonus, this cake is made with olive oil instead of butter. Here at Colavita, we have a special preference for any baked goods made with olive oil.
For this version of tres leches, we jazzed our flavor profile up with a little pumpkin spice—perfect for the season and your latte…
Fortunately, our Pumpkin Spice Tres Leches cake is incredibly easy to make. And even easier to eat… meaning there might not be any left for offerings.
Ingredients for the whipped cream topping::