HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO! When it comes to Mexican Cuisine, Rick Bayless is one of my go to resource when it comes to Mexican Cuisine. Watch and learn how Rick makes coffee tres leches cake “Oaxaqueno” style. Tres leches is a traditional Mexican cake, which means “three milks” cake, because the cake is soaked in three different types of milk. Rick infused the coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Mexican cinnamon in the tres leches. Mexican vanilla extract are often described as “creamy, woody, spicy, and sweet.” Beware of Mexican vanilla extract that contains coumarin, a toxic substance with potential toxic side effects — banned in the United States, so don’t be tempted to pick up bargains from south of the border. Mexican cinnamon is delicate and lighter in color, with a sweet, mild flavor with a faint note of citrus.

Coffee Tres Leches Cake
Makes 6 servings

You’ll need: One 6 Cup King-size Muffin Pan lined with muffin papers.

For the cake:
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
4 eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, preferably Mexican
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

For the three milks, meringue and garnish:
1 cup heavy cream
One 14-ounce can evaporated milk
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup freshly brewed espresso or strongly brewed coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract preferably Mexican vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, preferably freshly ground Mexican canela>
1 cup granulated sugar
5 egg whites at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup shaved Mexican chocolate

 For directions watch the video.

Want more Cinco de Mayo dessert recipes? Try these…

Churros Cupcakes
Tres Leches Cake
Beachside Coconut Flan