Dairy-Free Tres Leches Cake
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The chefs at Almond Breeze use vanilla almond milk beverage, but you can swap in a nut-free milk beverage, if needed. Please note that the Prep time is hands on time only. It is best to make this cake at least a few hours ahead so the topping has time to absorb.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 12 to 14 servings
Dairy-Free Sponge Cake
  • 6 large eggs (separated)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup dairy-free unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Leche Topping
  • ½ cup dairy-free unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup dairy-free unsweetened vanilla coconut milk beverage or more vanilla almond milk
  • ¾ cup cream of coconut
  • ½ cup non-GMO corn syrup or golden syrup
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Dairy-Free Sponge Cake
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  2. Crack the egg whites into a large mixing bowl. Start beating the egg whites at low speed, increasing the speed to high until soft peaks form.
  3. Add the sugar gradually, letting it dissolve well between each addition. Beat until stiff peaks form. Add the egg yolks to the whites, one-by-one, beating well after each addition.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk beverage to the egg mixture. This must be done quickly or the batter will lose its lightness. Add the vanilla and blend to combine.
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. The top of the cake will spring back when touched when it is done.
Leche Topping
  1. In a saucepan, whisk together the milk beverage, cream of coconut, syrup, egg yolk, and vanilla. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer on low until the mixture thickens, approximately 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the topping evenly over warm sponge cake. It is not necessary to poke holes in the cake, as the syrup will be absorbed by the sponge cake within 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Top with dairy-free whipped coconut cream and assorted berries, if desired.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-desserts/tres-leches-milk-cake