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    Question Tres Leches Cake Question

    I found a boxed cake mix for Tres Leches Cake so thought I would give it a try since I have heard how good this cake is. I prepared the cake and then the milk syrup to pour over but it seems like an awful lot of milk! I slowly poured more than half of it over the cake once I poked holes all over it and I ended up mopping up a lot of it off the table and cake plate. I don't want to add more if it's going to make the cake to wet or soggy. I used about 1 1/2 c. of the milk syrup and have about the same amount remaining. Does this sound right? The cake itself was baked in a 9 in. cake pan (single layer). Any tips would be much appreciated!
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    I've only made a Tres Leches cake once , watched it demo'd in a cooking class once, and only eaten it 4-5 other times - so for what it's worth...My recipe that is 9x13 size calls for 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 can evaporated milk, ( what are those cans, maybe 11-12 oz?) and a 1/2 pt whipping cream for the milk mixture that you pour over. That seemed like a lot of liquid to me, but most of it did soak in. I have not seen a tres leches cake served on a cake plate before. When I take a slice of cake out of the 9 x 13 pan, there is a little liquid left underneath it. When I have eaten it in a restaurant, here and in Mexico, they have served it in a little ramekin of some kind to contain the "sauce" that doesn't soak in. Does this help? Darla

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    The amount of syrup sounds right. Normally you drench the cake while it's on a jelly roll pan or something with a lip, to keep the syrup from running over. Cover with plastic and then refrigerate for at least 3 or 4 hours before frosting. that give it time to soak up all that lovely syrup.
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    Thanks to you both for the info. I used about 3/4 of the liquid but I also put a pineapple topping on top that is kind of "juicy" so I am sure some of that soaked into the cake as well. I think next time I will use a square pan. I used homemake whipped cream on top of the pineapple and will garnish with toasted coconut and sliced strawberries. Can't wait to taste it but it's for a lunch tomorrow so can't cut into it yet
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    When I visit my son in Miami, I always go for just a piece of Tres Leches which they sell at Publix by the piece...there is always liquid in the bottom of the container, even after it has soaked up lots of syrup.

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    IMO Tres Leches cakes are very soggy, or at least every one I've ever had was. I think that is sort of the point! So I wouldn't worry too much about overdoing it.
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