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overhead picture of a dish of tres leches cake covered in whipped cream and piped pink swirls. it is sprinkled with freeze dried strawberries

EASY NO BAKE TRES LECHES CAKE


  • Author: Zoha
  • Total Time: 2 hours with cooling
  • Yield: 8-10 servings

Description

Make the yummiest Rus Malai flavored Tres Leches cake without any baking, using only 5 ingredients, with less than 30 minutes of active work!


Ingredients

  • 300g sweetened condensed milk (roughly 3/4th of a 14 oz can)
  • 400g evaporated milk (1 14 oz can)
  • 60g heavy cream (1/4 cup) - use milk if you want the cake to be lighter
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder (start with just 1/8 tsp, taste and adjust from there)*
  • 35-40 ladyfingers (about 1.5 packs with 24 ladyfingers each)
  • 1.5 cup heavy cream for decoration
  • Optional: freeze dried strawberries and pistachios for decoration

Instructions

  • Prepare three milk mixture by whisking evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream in a bowl. Add a very small amount of cardamom powder (if using), and taste. Adjust the flavor per your liking from there
  • In a clean dish (I used a 7x11" dish), stack ladyfingers tightly to create one layer. Fill any gaps by trimming ladyfingers. 
  • Using a 1/4 cup measure, start drenching the ladyfingers. Make sure you get every one of them. You will use half of the milk mixture here. Don't worry if it looks like a lot, the ladyfingers will soak up the milk
  • Wait 10-20 minutes for the ladyfingers to soak up most of the milk mixture
  • Repeat with the second layer of ladyfingers
  • Place the dish in the fridge for ~2 hours
  • In the meanwhile, whip up heavy cream to stiff peaks
  • Spread half of the heavy cream on top of the ladyfingers, using an offset spatula to even it out
  • In the other half, add any food color of your liking (or don't). Transfer to a piping bag, and pipe to decorate. You can use any style of piping you like!
  • Decorate with crushed freeze dried strawberries and chopped pistachios
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • The cardamom adds a Rus Malai flavor to the Tres Leches. If you are not a fan of the flavor, you can use cinnamon instead, or just use vanilla essence. Make sure to taste the mix and adjust it to your preference
  • The exact number of ladyfingers you end up using will depend on the size of your pan - just make sure you use between 35-40, otherwise the ratio will be off from the milk mix!
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Category: Desserts
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Easy No Bake Tres Leches Cake