Latin America meets the Philippines with this Ube Tres Leches Cake! SUPER soft and milky, this is a great recipe to try out for your next gathering.
“Tres Leches” translates to “Three Milks”
Tres leches cake is a delicious Latin American cake, soaked in three kinds of milk. With strawberries as a popular topping, it’s a MUST TRY! It is my go-to dessert when visiting Mexican restaurants and I encourage you to try out the OG tres leches whenever you get a chance! The BEST tres leches I’ve ever tried was in Mexico – nothing compares!
What is ube?
Ube is a tuber native to the Philippines not to be confused with purple yam, purple potato, and other purple root vegetables. It’s known for its natural vibrant purple colour and is used in popular desserts in Filipino cuisine. You’ll find it in a variety of dishes such as ube halaya, ice cream, and of course, cakes! If you live in the west, ube may be hard to get your hands on. If fresh ube is not accessible to you, it’s also common to use ube extract in place of the fresh stuff.
Why not use real ube?
Tres leches sponge is known for its light and airy texture – making it super easy to absorb the milk. Using real ube can create a denser cake, due to its starch content. I usually say fresh is best, but when it comes to this recipe, I prefer using ube extract for that ube flavour.
What does it taste like?
Ube has a really unique flavour! Some would describe the flavour of ube as being nutty with subtle vanilla. It’s subtle flavour makes it the perfect compliment to flavours like coconut, mango, and more!
If you’ve never had ube before, this is a nice, refreshing segue to the world of this vibrant and uniquely flavoured ingredient.
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Soft and spongy cake
This cake recipe will get you a soft and spongy cake. It’s the perfect canvas for soaking up the ube milk!
To achieve this result, I recommend using a hand mixer or stand mixer. This will save you on the elbow grease of whipping the eggs and will incorporate enough air into the batter to give you a light and airy sponge.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! My family adored this recipe and it’s now become one of my go-to dishes for gatherings!