Saturday, May 5, 2007

Cinco de Mayo!! Banana and Coconut Tres Leches Cake

Fitting that I would name my blog after cupcakes and have my first recipe post a cake huh? Funny how those things work? Well Anyways, today is Cinco de Mayo and seeing as how I live in New Mexico, we've decided to have a Mexican Fiesta tonight. So, for dessert I made this Banana Coconut Tres Leches Cake from the Betty Crocker Website. For those of you who don't know Tres Leches is Spanish for 3 milks, meaning that there are three different types of milk that this cake is soaked in, which creates the moistest cake ever!! In this particular cake the milks were swetened condensed, coconut milk and whipping cream.

Not only am I obsessed with baking, but I'm also obsessed with trying to make my treats just a little healthier. I am fitness and nutrition freak, but can't seem to give up the sweets, so I try to make little changes that will save a few calories here and there but not change the flavors of my desserts. So for this cake I used the lowfat sweetened condensed milk and the lowfat coconut milk. Also, in most of the baked goods I make I replace the oil with applesauce, which is what I did in this cake. (I'm not sure how much calories I'm actually saving, but it's kind of like a mind game, I don't feel as guilty. But at the same time, I'm always thinking "oh well since I shaved off a few calories I can have a bigger piece". So, either way, I win!!...At least that's what I tell myself.

Okay back to the's the ingredients

1box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
1 1/4cups water
2tablespoons vegetable oil or unsweetned applesauce

1cup mashed bananas (2 medium)
1can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1/2cup (from 14-oz can) coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
1/2cup whipping cream
1container Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting
Banana slices and/or toasted coconut, if desired


1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, eggs and mashed bananas with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
4. Poke top of cake every 1/2 inch with long-tined fork, wiping fork occasionally to reduce sticking. In large bowl, stir together condensed milk, coconut milk and whipping cream. Carefully pour evenly over top of cake. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight until mixture is absorbed into cake.
5. Spread frosting over cake. Garnish each serving with banana slices and/or toasted coconut, if desired. Store covered in refrigerator.

Oh my gosh!! This cake was AMAZING! It was moist but light and you could definitely taste the banana, but it wasn't overpowering and then there was a slight hint of the coconut, I LOVED IT!! It was like a tropical, frosted verion of banana bread in a way. And after having a huge slice of it, I don't really feel like I had anything at all, which is great. I hate cake that sits in your stomach, this was definitely not one of those. The good thing about this cake too is that it could be used for any occassion, not just Cinco de Mayo. This is one I will for sure be making again and again


Garrett said...

Hmm, I have always wanted to adapt this to a cupcake. I think If I use double foil lining it might be doable, but it might still fall apart if you took the wrapper off.

Can you tell me what you think, as I've never made tres leches cake before.

Helen said...

Welcome to the wrold of blogging! Great first recipe! you combine a lot of my favorites!

Steph said...

Garrett, I think if you made these into a cupcake they'd be fine...I was thinking the same thing, because I loved this cake so much, but I'm all about making cupcakes that I wanted to try this recipe as a cupcake. The reason I think it would hold up is because the half uneat cake is sitting in the fridge right now, and it's holding up perfectly. Even yesterday when I had cut the cake, the slices still came out like normal cake slices, they were just very moist. So, the only thing I can say is try it and see what happens. Worst case is you'd have to eat the cupcake fast, and that's not necessarily a bad thing :0)