Tres Leches de Mandarina (Tangerine Three Milks Cake)

by Erica Dinho on January 21, 2014

Tres Leches de Mandarina (Tangerine Three Milks Cake)

I am a huge Tres Leches Cake fan. In addition to my traditional Tres Leches, my Coconut Tres Leches and my Chocolate Tres Leches cake recipes, I now present, Tangerine Tres Leches Cake!

Tres Leches de Mandarina (Tangerine Three Milks Cake)

After looking at a large bag of beautiful tangerines in my fridge for a week, I decided to try a different variation of tres leches cake using a citrus flavor and this cake was incredible. You could probably guess that anything called a Three Milks Cake would be pretty delicious, but this tangerine variation was even better than I expected.

Tres Leches de Mandarina (Tangerine Three Milks Cake)

Tres Leches de Mandarina (Tangerine Three Milks Cake)

This Tres Leches de Mandarina is not only decadent, but you can prepare it ahead as well, even the night before your dinner party. After appetizers, cocktails and a full dinner, who wants to put effort into making dessert? This is going to become a very regular birthday cake in my home!

Tres Leches de Mandarina (Tangerine Three Milks Cake)

Buen provecho!

Tres Leches de Mandarina (Tangerine Three Milks Cake)

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Ingredients

    Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons tangerine zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Tres Leches Sauce

  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can sweet condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup tangerine juice
  • Frosting

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Tres Leches de Mandarina (Tangerine Three Milks Cake)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease and lightly flour a baking dish.
  2. To make the cake: In a bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. In a small pot heat the milk and butter, remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl beat the eggs with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes. Add the sugar and continue mixing for 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to low. Add the flour mixture, butter mixture, tangerine zest, vanilla extract and mix for 1 more minute.
  5. Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean. Remove cake from the oven and with a fork make holes all over the top of the cake. Set aside to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. When the cake is cooling, make the milk sauce, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, tangerine juice and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.
  7. Pour the 3 milks sauce over the cake until it is all absorbed. Refrigerate for a least 3 hours or overnight before frosting.
  8. For the frosting, in a small pot mix the water and sugar, over medium high heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  9. Beat the egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff peaks are formed. While beating the egg whites, add sugar syrup and continue beating for 5 more minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat 1 more minute. Spread the frosting over the cake and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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1 Velva January 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I have made a tres leche cake twice in my life and I devoured it each time-It is one my favorite cakes. The tangerine flavor would send me over the edge it would be so good.

Velva

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2 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Who doesn’t love tres leche!! The cake looks sensational, Erica.

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3 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz January 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Really beautiful cake. I too like Tres Leches cakes and I really like citrus flavored cakes. it’s a match made in heaven!

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4 Belinda @zomppa January 22, 2014 at 11:58 PM

The perfect sweetness!!

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5 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes & Me! January 23, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Tres leches and mandarinas…you got me!

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6 grace January 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM

tres leches cake is always a hit with me–i love the texture! great version, erica!

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7 Heather February 2, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Your pictures looked amazing! I am not a baker, but I tried my hand at this. Part of the cake refused to come out , and it looked a little lopsided (lol). HEB also did not have tangerines so I used oranges. It tasted wonderful! I plan on making this again. Thank you so much sharing!

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8 Martha March 5, 2014 at 8:48 PM

In the recipe where I supposed add the tangerine juice? in the # 7 you only mix the three milk.
Thank for your excellent recipe

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9 Erica Dinho March 6, 2014 at 9:07 AM

5. When the cake is cooling, make the milk sauce, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, tangerine juice and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.

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