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Tres Leches Cupcakes – A Taste of Yellow

12 de September de 2009

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These cute yellow cupcakes were made with love, for a really special group of friends I received for a Taco Night. They will also help me talking about something really important.

I could never imagine cancer would be part of my life or someone close to me.

My mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at age 62. She was still working, travelling with her friends, enjoying life. Right after that, my brother and her wife got pregnant, and she was so happy about being a grandma.

We fought – together – for six months, always with hope. Unfortunately, we lost our battle. At the time, I felt lonely a lot, but also got so much love and support from my family, friends and even strangers.

The yellow cupcakes are my contribution to this fabulous event, promoted by fabulous Barbara of winosandfoodies.comA Taste of Yellow is our food blogger way to raise awareness of cancer issues in the world and support the LiveStrong Day, on October 2nd. If you want to show your love for this cause, cook something yellow and check Barbara’s blog to see how to participate!


Cupcakes Tres Leches (adapted from here) – makes 20

This cupcakes are inspired by the traditional latin dessert Pastel de Tres Leches (three milk cake).

Now, seriously, you HAVE to make them. Because they are SO GOOD.

The cake is a very light and yellow sponge. It has to be a sponge, in order to absorb all the delicious sweet three milk cream, making a super moist dessert. The flavors are mellow, and the whipped cream cloud is just perfect for them.

For the cake and cream

  • 6 large eggs. separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk  (I didn’t have any, so I used 1/4 cup milk)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

For the whipped cream frosting

  • 2 cups heavy cream, very cold
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 160°-170°C/ 325°F. Line muffin tins with paper liners (the recipe recommends foil liners).

2. In the electric or stand mixer, beat the egg whites with the baking soda and salt, until you get soft peaks. Still beating, add the egg yolks, one by one, then the sugar.

3. Turn off the mixer and add the melted butter, folding with a spatula until incorporated.Add the flour in four additions, folding carefully just until incorporated.

3. Divide the batter evenly between the liners, filling halfway through. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown. immediately poke the cakes with a skewer, making several holes.

4. In a bowl, whisk the sweetened condensed milk, the evaporated milk and the cream until smooth. Brush this cream on the top of the cupcakes, repeating until all the cream is used. Let cool and place in the refrigerator, covered, for at least 30 minutes, to absorb the liquids.

5. Make the whipped cream only when it’s time to serve. Beat the cold heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the confectioners sugar and whisk a little bit to mix well. Distribute dollops of the cream on the tops of the cupcakes and sprinkle cinnamon to taste.

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 de September de 2009 10:05

    These sound delicious. And so pretty too. I’m sorry your Mother didn’t win the fight. How sad she was so young and with a grandchild to look forward to. Thank you for supporting a Taste of Yellow.

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      17 de September de 2009 11:41

      Thank you, Barbara.
      You are doing a great job.

  2. 12 de September de 2009 11:21

    I love tres leches cake but have never had it in a cupcake before. Very cute…I’ll have to try this sometime. They look delicious!

  3. 12 de September de 2009 12:32

    Gorgeous!!!! Ive not had tres leches cupcakes, only cake! I love the little chocolate decor on top too!

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      17 de September de 2009 11:45

      My sister-in-law gave those flower chocolates as a gift, she bought them at Germany!

  4. 12 de September de 2009 12:48

    They are beautiful Paula. I’m very sorry about your mother, but I think she must be smiling at you and these cupcakes right now. I hope you’ll tell your niece or nephew all about her.

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      17 de September de 2009 11:46

      Thank you, Hilda. I will for sure.

  5. 12 de September de 2009 14:35

    what a great way to raise awareness…

  6. 12 de September de 2009 23:46

    I’m so sorry to hear that about your mom. Cancer took my mom, too. I know she’d be proud of your entry.

  7. 13 de September de 2009 15:06

    Those are gorgeous…and for such a wonderful cause too! Like the other posters have stated, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I’m sure she is smiling down on you now…wanting to taste these beautiful cupcakes 🙂

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      17 de September de 2009 11:47

      Thanks, Libby – you are so sweet! 🙂

  8. 13 de September de 2009 21:13

    i’m so sorry about your mum, cancer is a terrible thing that strikes families, really.

    your cupcakes looks so delicioius i’m going to bake them tomorrow! i love tres leches cake so this are a must!

    cheers from london,


    • thecookieshop permalink*
      17 de September de 2009 11:48

      Pity, let me know how they turned out!

  9. 14 de September de 2009 11:34

    I am deeply about your mom. It is so sad to lose a loved one!

    I love your cupcakes. they look so decadent!

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      17 de September de 2009 11:48

      Thanks, Karine!

  10. distractedgourmet permalink
    14 de October de 2009 23:31

    So sorry to hear this story – they diagnosed my mother with this two years ago, but thank goodness they were wrong and she managed to get through it all – she’s now a survivor for two rounds, just like her mother! One day maybe we can all win; I certainly hope so.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this recipe – I’m definitely going to give these a whirl!

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      19 de October de 2009 22:33

      i’m glad your mom is doing well, it’s not an easy battle! A big hug for your and her.

  11. linz permalink
    19 de October de 2009 19:16

    I feel kind of bad asking this question, given that this is such a meaningful post, but how do these cupcakes (the cake part, not the topping) hold up overnight? I wanted to make them for an event that’s the following evening.

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      19 de October de 2009 20:01

      Please, don’t feel bad!
      Not only they hold up, but they will have time to absorb the cream and get even tastier. Be sure to cover well with a plastic wrap, though.

  12. Cecille permalink
    3 de November de 2009 22:15

    Hi. I wanted to try making these cupcakes, but wondering if you think they’d turn out ok if I made them into mini cupcakes?

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      4 de November de 2009 15:50

      I think it’s worth trying, Cecille. I’d maybe use a lower oven temp. , and keep a close eye not to dry or overcook the cakes. You let me know how they turned out, ok?

  13. Heather permalink
    13 de January de 2010 19:51

    Im in highschool and tomarrow i have a spanish party. Instead of bringing in plates or soda i decided to make Tres Leches! But a whole cake for one class???[No,No,No] So i thought tres leches cupcakes would be perfect! Cant wait to make them they look soooooo good


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