Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo

After having the St. Patrick's Day party, Mark and Mary thought it would be fun to have a Cinco de Mayo party. I am all about any excuse to make and eat good food! Mark made fajitas and I made Tres Leches cake. It was amazing! I got the recipe from my sister, Holly.

Gackie with baby Matthew. We have to feed him with his shirt off. When we put a big on him, he ends up chewing on his bib, too distracted to eat.
After slaving away all day, I present the finished product!

Tres Leches Cake

6 large eggs, separated
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a tall and round springform pan and set aside.
In the mixer, beat the egg whites on low speed until soft peaks form. Add the sugar gradually while the mixer is running and keep mixing until stiff peaks form. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix the flour and baking powder in a seperate bowl and then add to the egg mixture, alternating with the milk. (quickly, so the batter does not loose volume). Add vanilla. Pour into pan and bake until golden for at least40 minutes, or until the middle is cooked and not jiggly. Take out of oven when done.

1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
2 cups whipping cream

Mix together well in a large pyrex liquid measuring cup. Pour mixture over cake (which is STILL in the springform pan). Let sit and cool. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (if you want it REALLY soggy, let it sit overnight).

1-2 cups whipping cream
1/4-1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
zest of two limes
assorted fruits--we used blackberries, strawberries, and kiwi.

Whip cream, adding sugar and vanilla. When cream has reached the right consistancy for spreading, fold in the lime zest. (DO NOT add lime juice, as this will curdle the cream). Spread over cake (which by now is OUT of the spring form pan and on a nice plate). Garnish with fruit and serve.

Holly's cake looks much fancier. I didn't have all the fruit to make it happen. She always shows me up!

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