Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tres Leches Cupcakes

Warning:  The hubby has decided he is going to take over today's blog post.....proceed at your own risk ;)

This is Michael, Kirsten's husband,  taking over her blog for today.  

Yesterday, we went to our latina-tastic friend, Vanessa's birthday dinner.  BEEEEEF!!!  Her father, and brother in-law Steve cooked up one of  best example of cow + fire, I've ever tasted.  I've been hearing about this Argentinian spread of steak, ribs, sweet-breads, chorizo, blood sausage, ceviche, sangria, for years, and it delivered... que bueno!!!.  

Kirsten promised that she would bring dessert.  With the 9 nieces and nephews on my side of the family, Kirsten has learned that the best way to please both kids and adults in desert-land, is to make two desserts; one for the kids and one for adults.  So, her over-achiever-mode kicked in, and she made three desserts.  Oreo cupcakes, Tres Leches cupcakes, and Strawberry Margarita Pie.

The Oreo cupcakes were good.  Strawberry Margarita pie was awesome.  BUT, the Tres Leches cupcakes are why I'm writing this.  It is THE best cupcake I've ever had.  Ever.  I've eaten a lot of cupcakes in my life.  ;)  It's hard to beat a nicely executed 'kids birthday' cupcake.  They just work.  Most gourmet cupcakes I've had seem to focus on a fancy top without too much love given to the cake itself.  The Tres Leches is the whole package of mucho masterpiece! 

Kirsten brought me the tester cupcake, and said, "Here just take a little bite."  Hehehe.  The first bite was mostly the top, which was a Dulce de Leche meringue.  Yes.  It's good.  Good enough that I went in for a second "little bite".  THE CAKE!!!  The tres leches cake bottom was an unexpected bite of pure bliss!  I proceeded to polish off the entirety of the cupcake.  Round 2 at Vanessa's party confirmed my beliefs that this little bad-boy is the one to beat!  

Ok, I'm back!  As you can see, the hubby kind of liked, sort of liked, is crazy in love with these cupcakes!!  As soon as I saw these on Bakers Royale, I couldn't wait to make them.  I've made Tres Leches Cake many times, and it's really delicious.....a spongy cake drenches in an amazing concoction of three different kinds of milk (tres leches, get it?), and topped with a meringue-y frosting.  This cupcake version is even more delicious with the addition of Dulce de Leche to the frosting.....I think that this will be my go-to caramel frosting from now on.  Usually a caramel frosting is kind of on the heavy side.....this one is light and a caramel marshmallow fluff (that is a good thing!).

The only change I made to this recipe, was not including the flaked coconut that is in the list of ingredients.  Didn't miss it at all.

And just a note......I would suggest using foil cupcake liners for this recipe, instead of paper ones......the foil ones won't get soggy when the cupcake is drenched with the delicious tres leches mixture.

I'll do some posts this week on the other things I made for the party that the hubby mentioned....Strawberry Margarita Pie, Oreo Cupcakes, and Brownie Stuffed Oreo Cookies (he managed to forget about those!).

Check out Bakers Royale for the recipe.....and Enjoy!!

This post is linked to:
Sweet Indulgences Sunday
Cupcake Link Party
Muffin Monday
Monday, Mmmmm.......Dessert
These Chicks Cooked
Cast Party Wednesday
Full Plate Thursday
Sweet Treats Thursday
Show Off Your Stuff
Turning the Table Thursday
Fresh Food Friday
Friday Food
I'm Lovin' It
Sweets for a Saturday
Sharing Sundays
It's a Celebration


  1. Wow, Michael, these must be some cupcakes for you to write a post for your wife. They do sound divine, and you've hit it exactly - most gourmet cupcakes do "focus on a fancy top without too much love given to the cake itself." A major fault in my opinion too. Thank you for letting us know how good these really are, and Kirsten, thank you for linking at Monday, Mmm ... Dessert.

  2. Fabulous! Can't wait to try these awesome cupcakes! Way to go Michael! Thanks so much for linking them up at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday!

  3. They look great! New follower from the hop. Stop by and see my fondant recipe and I would love for you to follow back.

  4. I've never seen tres leches in cupcake form before. Great idea.

  5. Oh my! These sounds super yummy! I'd love for you to stop by for my Friday Favorites party!

  6. those look heavenly, and sound heavenly too

  7. I could eat that frosting with a spoon. I love anything that has a caramel flavor. It looks so fluffy and delicious. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  8. oooohh! I've been wanting to make those cupcakes too. I pinned them on Pinterest from Baker's Royale. I'm so excited to see that you made them and they turned out YUM! Thanks for the tip on using foil liners. The cupcakes are so pretty-thanks for sharing! :)

  9. Anything tres leches is great in my book!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  10. WOW!! So indulgent and beautiful!

  11. Kristen I just love the idea of Tres Leches in a cupcake. It looks heavenly. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

  12. Thanks for linking up! I love your stuff!!

    {Sweet Treats Thursday}

  13. these look amazing!! I think these will be the next cupcakes i make!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Your cupcakes are being featured on tomorrow's Sweets for a Saturday post. Great job!

  15. What beautiful cupcakes! YUMMY too! Thanks!

  16. It might be a little too late since my cupcakes are in the oven now, but...the recipe says 1/2-3/4 of an ounce...thats 3-4 1/2 tsp of tres leches per cupcake. Is that right??? It seems like a whole lot more than a litte cake can take. Am I wrong for my concern?

    1. That's the right amount. The cakes will soak up all that liquid and make them insanely moist. You'll want to do it when the cakes are still hot, they won't absorb the liquid if you wait until they cool off.

    2. Wow! Thank you for your quick response :))) My test cupcake is done, and I feel that 3 tsp (or 1 Tblsp) was a great amount because it moistened my cake nicely, but didn't saturate my cupcake liner (which is a concern I have heard over and over again with many tres leches cupcake recipes) Very Happy with this recipe :) Thank you for your review of this recipe :)
      Btw...did your cupcakes sink while baking?