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Strawberry Matcha Tres Leches Cake

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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!

Strawberry Matcha Tres Leches Cake

4 from 50 votes
Recipe by asiamakes Course: DessertCuisine: Latin American, Asian, FusionDifficulty: 3
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Cook Mode

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Ingredients

  • Matcha Sponge
  • 5 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 1/3 cups cake flour

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tbsp high-quality culinary or ceremonial grade matcha powder

  • Matcha Milk
  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 can evaporated milk

  • 1 can condensed milk

  • 2 tsp matcha powder mixed in 1/4 cup hot water

  • Strawberry Whipped Cream
  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam

  • 1/4 cup icing sugar

  • Matcha powder and diced strawberries for topping

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Separate eggs, placing yolks and whites in 2 large bowls.
  • Whip egg whites with a hand or stand mixer until they achieve soft peaks and set aside.
  • In the second bowl whip egg yolks with sugar until it becomes a pale yellow colour.
  • Add milk and vanilla to the bowl and mix.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients and sift into the egg yolk mixture.
  • Fold in dry ingredients gently. Do not overmix.
  • Add half the egg whites to the bowl with egg yolk mixture, folding gently. Add remaining egg whites and fold until incorporated. Do not overmix.
  • Pour batter into a buttered 9×13 inch baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • While cake is baking, combine milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk and matcha mixture. Set aside in the fridge to chill.
  • When the cake is baked, allow to cool before cutting about 1/4 of an inch off the edges. Use a skewer to poke many holes into the cake.
  • Slowly pour the milk mixture over the cake. It should absorb all of the liquid. Chill for 8 hours. Right before you are ready to serve, whip the cream, strawberry jam and icing sugar until they reach stiff peaks.
  • Spread the whipped cream over the chilled cake, garnish with optional matcha powder and finish with diced strawberries.
  • Serve and enjoy! 🍵🍓

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