Apple Cider Tres Leches

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So, here’s the deal. When the leaves start turning those beautiful shades of red and gold, and there’s a slight nip in the air, it’s time to cozy up and embrace all things autumn. And what better way to do that than with a dessert that’s like a warm hug for your taste buds? Introducing Apple Cider Tres Leches cake – a sweet symphony of flavors and textures that’s a must-try for anyone looking to add a touch of fall magic to their dessert table.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE APPLE CIDER TRES LECHES

  • Moistness Beyond Words: Okay, folks, we’ve got to talk about this cake’s moistness level. It’s off the charts! The combination of three different milks in the topping, along with the apple cider, results in a cake that’s so incredibly moist, you might struggle to find the right word to describe it.
  • A Touch of Fall: We’ve taken the classic Tres Leches cake and given it a delightful twist. The addition of apple cider not only enhances the moisture but infuses it with that warm, comforting taste of autumn. It’s like a slice of fall on your plate.
  • The Perfect Balance: The cake itself strikes the ideal balance between light and airy, thanks to whipped egg whites, and rich and indulgent, courtesy of the apple cider and three-milk topping. It’s a dessert that pleases every palate.
  • Ease of Preparation: You don’t need to be a baking pro to whip up this cake. It’s a fairly straightforward recipe, and the steps are easy to follow. So whether you’re a seasoned baker or just dipping your toes into the world of baking, this recipe is a win-win.
  • Impressive Results: You know that feeling when you bring a dessert to the table, and everyone’s eyes widen with anticipation? Well, get ready for those looks because this cake is a showstopper. It’s the kind of dessert that makes people think you’ve spent hours in the kitchen, even when you haven’t.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE APPLE CIDER TRES LECHES

For the Cake

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Apple pie seasoning
  • Apple cider
  • White sugar
  • Eggs

For the Topping

  • Evaporated milk
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Lite coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • Whipped topping
  • Optional – Sugar + Cinnamon (mixed)

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE APPLE CIDER TRES LECHES

  • Measuring Cups/Spoons
  • Mixing Bowls or a Stand Mixer
  • 9×13 Baking Dish
  • Oven

HOW TO MAKE APPLE CIDER TRES LECHES

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  2. In one mixing bowl, add the egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form. Set it aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the sugar and egg yolks. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes or until light yellow. Mix in the extract and cider.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients until just incorporated. Then fold in the egg whites.
  5. Once mixed, pour into the baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean.
  6. Allow it to cool completely. Then poke a ton of holes all over the cake with a skewer or toothpick.

Topping

  1. Mix all the milk together and pour on top of the cake.
  2. Cover and place in the fridge for 4 hrs.
  3. Top with whipped cream and optional sprinkle cinnamon/sugar on top.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this cake ahead of time for a special occasion?

​Absolutely! In fact, making it a day in advance can enhance the flavors as the cake soaks up the milk mixture, resulting in a more decadent treat.

Can I use a different type of milk for the topping?

​While the recipe calls for specific types of milk, you can certainly experiment with alternatives like almond milk, oat milk, or even vegan options to suit your dietary preferences.

What’s the best way to store leftovers?

​Cover any leftover cake and keep it in the refrigerator. It’s best enjoyed within a day or two to retain its delightful moistness.

Substitutions + Alternatives

Can I use All-Purpose Flour?

Yes, All-Purpose Flour can be used. Use the same amount that is listed in the ingredients, but swap with all purpose.

Can I use regular dairy?

Feel free to make this recipe your own. I use dairy-free milk, but feel welcome to choose your preferred dairy option without any recipe adjustments. Unless specified otherwise, you have the flexibility to use the milk of your choice for the recipe.

Note: While almond milk is an option, it is less preferred due to its liquid consistency. Consider opting for a milk alternative with a thicker texture.

Apple Cider Tres Leches

This cake is so good! I don’t know if there is a word to describe how moist it is! The apple cider gives it a fun fall/winter twist.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 55 minutes

Equipment

  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Oven

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 1/8 cup 1.1 GF flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple pie seasoning
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/8 cup sugar
  • 5 eggs separated

Topping

  • 12 oz can of evaporated milk
  • 11.25 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz can lite coconut milk-unsweetened
  • 8 oz whipped topping
  • 2 tbsp sugar + 1/2 tsp cinnamon mixed (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  • In one mixing bowl add the egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Set it aside.
  • In another bowl add the sugar and egg yolks. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes or until light yellow.
  • Mix in the extract and cider.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients until just incorporated.
  • Then fold in the egg whites.
  • Once mixed, pour into the baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean.
  • Allow it to cool completely.
  • Then poke a ton of holes all over the cake with a skewer or toothpick.
  • Mix all the milk together and pour on top of the cake.
  • Cover and place in the fridge for 4 hrs.
  • Top with whipped cream and optional sprinkle cinnamon/sugar on top
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Apple Cider Tres Leches is a wonderful fusion of flavors and textures, offering a moist and indulgent experience that’s easy to create. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a taste of fall, this cake is your ticket to dessert heaven.

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