What You Don’t Know About Tres Leches Cake?

July 29, 2013 by Darlene

Tres leches is a Spanish word meaning three milks. Tres leches cake is a delicious dessert soaked in three different types of milks; condensed milk, evaporated milk and cream. You may well be thinking that it must be quiet rich, heavy and dense but actually it is quiet light and moist with air bubbles in it. Tres leches cake can either be made as a butter cake or a sponge cake. As you would expect the sponge version of Tres Leches is even lighter.

Origin of the Cake

The origin of the cake is not known but the idea of a soaked cake is mostly likely of European origin. British rum cake, savarin and tiramisu, the Italian cakes also use the same concept of cakes being soaked in liquids. The famous food brand Nestle also claims that it evolved the recipe of tres leches cake during the mid 40s. Although not too many people would realize this but sweet condensed milk has been around since the 19th century. The lack of refrigeration at that time would result in fresh milk not lasting long, condensed milk was invented to increase the life of milk and it was a famous ingredient for Mexican desserts. In 2004, famous ice cream brand Haagen- Dazs also introduced a tres leches flavored ice cream in the market. It contained tiny pieces of tres leches cake in tasty ice cream. The idea, however, was discontinued after sometime.

Tasty Topings for Tres Leches Cake

The cake after being soaked in the three milks is often flavored with vanilla, making it a sumptuous and mouth watering treats. A good tres leches is moist to the fullest instead of being mushy and strongly flavored.

Tres leches cake can be served with or without any toppings but topping give it extra bite and taste. A popular topping for the cake is “Caveat” . Cajeta is a sugar and goat milk based caramel source. Sometimes it is used to transform tres leches to cuatro leches i.e. from the traditional three layer cake to a four layer. This is more of a Tex Mex serving idea rather than the traditional Spanish.

As for the soaking liquid, its flavor can be enhanced by adding brandy or tot of rum to it. You can also try Kahula or irish cream. Toasted coconut will work well too and for sure you would love to flavor the milk mixture with nuts or fruit extracts.
For a southern style flavor, you could add peaches slices to the soaking milks and drained pecans to the batter. For a Caribbean touch, how about adding coconut milk to the three milks and little bit of rum?

Moist and Succulent Spanish Bar Cake

July 28, 2013 by Darlene

spanish bar cake
Spanish bar cakes used to be commonly available in cake shops but you won’t find them in many shops now. Well how about making one at home? If you are thinking that it would be a daunting task, you won’t be having these thoughts by the time you finish this article. For egg free version of any cake recipes, I always refer to this site. It has a great collection of cake recipes.

The cake is moist and spicy. If you are looking for a sweet yet spicy recipe, Spanish bar cake is surely the one to try out. It is frosted with icing and shaped like a loaf. The frosting could be either vanilla or cream cheese. The unique blend of spices, raisins and walnut makes it perfect choice for family get together and picnics. Also it is very popular for fancy tea parties. Here’s a step by step guide for making Spanish bar cake at home.

Ingredients for the Cake:

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups of raisins
  • 1 cup of shortening
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2  eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 1 and half teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnut (optional)

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven at 350°F and oil a 13 x 9″ cake tin lightly. Pour some water in a saucepan and heat raisins for some 10 minutes, add one cup of shortening to it and stir over a medium flame. Turn the flame off and allow it to cool down.

Add flour, baking soda, sugar, salt and all the spice in a bowl and mix well. Add this mixture to the cooled shortening and raisins mixture and blend everything. Now beat the eggs to add to this mixture and stir to form a smooth mixture. Pour this batter to the cake pan and bake for about 35 minutes on when a toothpick inserted at the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove it from the oven and let it cool over a wire rack before removing from the pan.

Frosting for Spanish Bar Cake:

To prepare the frosting mix 8 ounce cream cheese, half cup butter, 1/3 cup dark corn syrup, ¼  teaspoon ground cloves ,1 tsp dry orange rind and 3 ½ cup  sugar in a blender to form a smooth and creamy mixture. Do not over blend; otherwise the frosting will be too thin. If you don’t want to frost, sprinkle it with confectioner’s sugar before serving.

Assembling:

Cut the cake in two layers from the center. Place one layer top-side-down on a plate and frost it from the exposed top now put the other layer on top of the first one and frost its top as well as the sides of the cake.

What You Don’t Know About Spanish Wedding Cakes?

July 28, 2013 by Darlene

Unlike the western tiered wedding cake, Spanish wedding cakes resemble a flan – a flat tart like cake. The cake is typically filled with nuts and fruits, and occasionally custard. According to Spanish customs the groom and bride feed each other first before the cake it served to the guests.

Wedding cakes are a focal point of Spanish weddings. It is regarded as a sign of good luck for the marrying couple and adds a personality to the wedding. The couple can customize the cake to the way they wish.

History of Spanish Wedding Cakes

Celebration of marriage and weddings in Spain has deep rooted traditions. In Spanish culture it is a tradition to serve foods that are rich in sugar and heavy ingredients on special occasions such as weddings. Many historians believe that this tradition was adopted from the Moorish traditions that spread through out the Europe and eventually got to America.

Traditional Spanish Wedding Cake

Although there are many desserts offered at a traditional Spanish wedding but cake has always been a focal point. The cake is mostly single layered filled with coconuts, almonds, cried pineapples and pecans. It is soaked in rum and decorated with frosting that is shaped like religious symbols. Traditional Spanish wedding cakes are nor tall neither white. Over the years many other cakes have also become a part of Spanish wedding, like tres leches cake and chocolate-chilli proud cake. They also have the nut base and fruits but soaked in condensed milk.

Modern Spanish Wedding Cakes

Today most of the Spanish cakes have adopted the shapes and size of the western cakes. They are white, tall, have piped frosting and also multiple layers. The modern Spanish cakes still have the nut based sculpture but the decoration has become more western. They are now being decorated with butter cream frosting, fondants, sugar paste and marzipan. Many wedding cake services and bakeries offer consultations to create personalized wedding cakes.

These are some of the most popular cakes for Spanish wedding and they’ll also give you some idea to approach a Spanish theme wedding. Whether you want your wedding to be flamboyant, exotic, playful or traditional these would fit into your wedding theme.

Tile Cake

The crisp execution and clean lines of tile cake makes it an elegant interpretation of Spanish wedding cake. The cake has a fondant covering with a rose made gum paste dusted with pearly white and gold.

Dancer’s cake

Dancer’s cake is perfect for the bride who wants a pastel wedding theme. Intimating the flamenco dancer’s skirt, this cake is perfectly feminine, romantic and passionate.

Ruby cake

Almost every bride thinks about red and black when planning the theme for Spanish wedding. Ruby cake will prove that white and red works equally well.

Embroided Cake

The embroided cake is textured as matador’s jacket giving it a dramatic look. It would make for a perfect groom’s cake. Candies surrounding the cake’s base highlight its complex beadwork.

Red Rose Cake

What would be more romantic than a rose cake? It uses the traditional Spanish color scheme of red, black and white in a novel fashion. The frosting looks like petals of red rose.