Cake with a Twist

Lime Tres Leches Cake

Michael Kartes

Makes one 9-by-13 pan

Prep time 10 minutes

Inactive time 3+ hours

Cook time 35 minutes

1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons soft butter

1 cup granulated sugar

Zest of 1 lime

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

5 large eggs, or 4 extra-large eggs 

13/4 cup flour, by dry measure

2 teaspoons baking powder 

1/4 cup buttermilk 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-by-13 pan with parchment paper that’s been lightly buttered. Cream butter and sugar,* then add lime zest, salt, and vanilla. With mixer on low, add eggs. Mix only until eggs are just mixed in, and do not overmix. Slowly add flour and baking powder in 2 additions by hand. Gently fold in flour, then add buttermilk. Spread the batter into your prepared pan, and bake for 22-28 minutes or until just baked. Do not overbake, or cake will be dry even after the milk is poured over. When cake is done, use a fork to poke dozens of holes all over the cake. The more holes, the better opportunity you have to get milk drench into all parts of the sponge. *Do not overcream the butter and sugar by mixing faster than medium speed. Add the air as slowly as possible, then stop once cream is light and fluffy.

Milk Drench

1 cup whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

Juice of 1 lime

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

Pinch of salt

Pour milk drench evenly over the baked cake after you poke the holes. Allow to sit at room temp for an hour before frosting the cake.

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces soft cream cheese

11/2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup granulated sugar 

Zest one lime 

Pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: Mix softened cream cheese in a stand mixer until light and fluffy on medium to low speed. Slowly stream in heavy cream, sugar, lime zest, salt, and vanilla. Whip on medium speed until thickened, 4-5 minutes. Frost the cake, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. 

TIP: This cake is even more amazing the next day.

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