This Tres Leches Cake, inspired by the popular Starbucks strawberry-matcha latte, is the perfect dessert for matcha lovers. This flavour combo is a match(a) made in heaven!
What is Tres leches?
Tres leches is a traditional Latin American cake. It is a light cake that is soaked in three types of milk (hence the name “tres leches”) and is topped with whipped cream. Authentic tres leches cake is truly one of a kind and is a must try. It’s a great dessert for anyone who isn’t into super heavy, overly sweet cakes. Plus, it’s the perfect cake for parties and get-togethers.
The type of matcha you use matters!
Use a good quality culinary grade matcha for this cake. Make sure you like the flavour of it as this will be the most prominent flavour in the cake.
Do you love tres leches?
Try making Ube Tres Leches!
I shared a previous recipe for an ube tres leches cake last month. I made some changes to the cake batter to get a lighter cake. I am definitely not a baker, but after testing several batches, I finally came to a texture that is light, fluffy, and absorbs the milk beautifully.
Making the strawberry whipped cream
You can make the strawberry whipped cream several ways. When testing this recipe I tried using fresh strawberries, jello mix, and jam. Freeze-dried strawberries are also a great option if you have access to them.
Note: Fresh strawberries may turn your whipped cream sour due to their acidity levels.
My favourite flavour came from using smooth strawberry jam. It’s accessible and I find that it gives the best natural strawberry flavour without watering down the whipped cream!
Use cake flour for a light cake
Cake flour has a lower protein content than all purpose flour. This is what will help create a light and tender cake which will absorb the milks beautifully.
If you don’t have cake flour, that’s no problem!
To make DIY cake flour all you need is all-purpose flour and cornstarch. For every cup of all-purpose flour, remove 2 tbsp and replace it with 2 tbsp of cornstarch.
This cake was seriously out of this world! It was super fun to make and the colour combo makes it beautiful as well. If you’re a matcha lover, you MUST try this out!