Monday, May 27, 2013

Semi-Homemade Tres Leche Cake Recipe and A Giveaway!

Our very first Giveaway here on Substance of Living!

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We're so excited that we made a Celebration Cake in honor of You, Betty Crocker, and Publix.  We spent the first part of this year looking for the right fit to kick off our giveaways.  (DH thinks we've found the perfect fit.  Maybe that's because he gets to eat the celebration cake and banana bread.  Hmmmm.)

The first time Marie had the chance to taste a Celebration Cake or otherwise known as Tres Leche Cake was about 10 years ago in Arizona.  It was heaven without the chocolate.  I know, that is really hard to believe that anything without chocolate could be included in the same sentence as heaven.

Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Product
It really is hard to decide which mix is our favorite.  Seriously!  We've enjoyed all but the rice flour blend only because we didn't know it was out there.  Everything else has been wonderful, so we have to guess it will be and look forward to trying it out in the near future.

What is fun, is when we share our cookies, cupcakes, brownies, cakes from Betty Crocker and the plate is empty long before the gathering is even half over.  No one knows that our goodies are gluten-free.  All they know is that whatever was on the plate was beyond YUMMY and want more!

We do, however, tell the Celiac or gluten intolerant guests where to go and get there fast.  They get to enjoy food, not feel uncomfortable explaining to people why they aren't eating, and feel normal.  There is a lot to be said about feeling "normal".

Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Banana Bread
We, at Substance of Living, are a little distressed because Betty Crocker actually asked us (very politely) to share with you our thoughts on the Gluten-Free Banana Bread mix.  Unfortunately none of the grocery stores in our area have it on their shelves yet.  Publix apologized profusely and offered to place a special order in hopes it would get here in time to write this article.

Promise: To find, purchase, bake, eat, and share our thoughts with you as soon as we can about the Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Banana Bread mix.

Tres Leche Cake (Celebration Cake)

Gluten-Free Tres Leche (Celebration) Cake & Giveaway by Substance of Living
Tres Leche (Celebration Cake) - Gluten-Free


    Gluten-Free Tres Leche (Celebration) Cake & Giveaway by Substance of Living
  •  Follow the mixing and baking directions on the back of the box. 

  • In place of the water, Almond Milk was used (this was the first leche (milk) used in the cake
  • Rather than using 3 whole eggs, the equivalent of 3 egg whites were used
  • The 8"x8" non-stick pan from the gift pack was used

Sweetened Condensed Milk and Coconut Milk for Tres Leche Cake by Substance of Living
Sweetened Condensed Milk and Coconut Milk

In a separate bowl, combine:

  • 5 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3 ounces Coconut Milk

3 ounces Evaporated Milk or Goats Milk could replace the coconut milk. 

Bake according to directions and allow cake to cool in the pan on a cooling rack. 

Gluten-Free Tres Leche Cake and Giveaway by Substance of Living
Once the cake has cooled for at least 30 minutes, poke tiny holes around the top of the cake.  Combine the sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk and brush over the entire cake.  Allow each application to soak in completely.  About half (1/2) of the mixture will be used.

Remove the cake from the pan by placing a plate upside down over the top of the cake pan and flip both the pan and plate over at the same time.  The cake should come out without sticking.
Gluten-Free Tres Leche Cake and Giveaway by Substance of Living
Can you see all that moistness absorbing into the cake!  I want to eat it again and again!!!

You might be able to see, in the picture above, that a small section of the center portion of the cake stayed inside the pan.  It didn't make a dent or anything and actually helped with the milks' absorption.
Gluten-Free Tres Leche Cake and Giveaway by Substance of Living

Brush the milk mixture over the bottom of the cake (which is now the top) allowing about 15 minutes to absorb.  Then continue brushing, absorbing until your milk combination is gone or to taste.

If you're not sure, I'd recommend using about a 1/4 of the mixture while the cake is still in the pan and about another 1/4 to 1/3 of the mixture for the remainder.
Gluten-Free Tres Leche Cake and Giveaway by Substance of Living

Frost your cake.  Some people like to use a butter cream or cream cheese frosting but we like the simplicity of whipped cream.

Gluten-Free Tres Leche Cake and Giveaway by Substance of Living
Gluten-Free Tres Leche (Celebration) Cake
 Won't you come sit outside on our patio and enjoy a piece of cake and some coffee or tea with us?  This cake is moist and delicious.  One would think it would be overly sweet, but it really isn't.  I'm not sure why but maybe it has something to do with our using whipped cream instead of actual frosting.

How do you make your Tres Leche Cake?

Your BRAND NEW gift pack will contain:

  • Baking Tool Set
  • 8" Square Cake Pan
  • Retail Value: $60

Now for the Rules

  • Submissions close at 11:59PM (South Carolina timezone) on Monday, June 17, 2013
  • Not mandatory but Highly appreciated:  Please sign up to receive Substance of Living directly in your email's inbox
  • One entry per person, just answer one of the following questions in the comments section of this post:
    • What is your favorite Gluten-Free baking recipe? (You can add a link to your specific post if you'd like)
    • What is your Yoplait Greek 100 flavors favorite?
    • You can share your favorite in each category!  Be our guest!

We will use to select 1 winner.  The Winner will be announced on Thursday, June 20th. So be sure to check back!

I look forward to reading all about your favorite Gluten-Free and yogurt recipes.  Have you ever tried combining yogurt into your Gluten-Free baked goods?

The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

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