Mango Tres Leches is like no other!
I have been working on this recipe a while, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! I wanted a slighter lighter take on a traditional Tres Leches with a flavor variation and I decided on mangoes because it’s summer, and summer to me means delicious Pakistani mangoes! This Mango Tres Leches is light yet full of flavor. My simple trick makes this recipe very approachable, so you’ll be making this all the time! In fact, this is a great recipe to try this Eid. I know i’m making it!
The steps to make this Mango Tres Leches are simple
There a few steps involved in making Tres Leches that may scare you, but they’re super simple! In fact, I’ve sidestepped the step of separating the eggs altogether and stuck to a direct genoise method, which is basically whipping whole eggs to the ribbon stage. I add an extra egg white so you have extra volume, and then when you fold the remaining ingredients the eggs won’t deflate too much. (Use a medium sized baking dish. 8×8 or 9 x9 in) The milk mixture itself is what makes this dessert so rich, so I’ve made it lighter. It doesn’t compromise on flavor, but you will notice that it’s lighter. The topping is a simple whipped cream, with some added mango puree to make the mango pop even more.
Get the ingredients right
Most of this cake is just basic ingredients like eggs, sugar and flour. The key ingredient that transforms this tres Leches into a Mango Tres Leches is the mango puree. For this, no normal mangoes will do. I’ve mentioned this for my Mango Lassi Cupcakes, and I’ll tell you again. Pakistani mangoes are unparalleled, and if you want amazing mango flavor, use them. The next best thing is mango puree that originates from the subcontinent, often labeled as kesar mangoes. You can find cans of puree, sweetened and unsweetened, at your local Pakistani/Indian grocery stores, as well as some Arab grocery stores. If you have access to delicious Pakistani mangoes, use fresh ones, but make sure to puree them before adding. I often get questions about the difference between evaporated milk and condensed milk. Evaporated milk is just regular milk that has been heated and slightly thickened. Condensed milk is thick like honey and has been sweetened.
Shortcut Mango Tres Leches
If you don’t have the time to make the sponge at home, you can easily use a cake mix. I also understand that not everyone has a stand mixer, and it’s more time consuming to achieve the ribbon stage for whole eggs with a hand mixer. I myself have made this using cake mix, and it turns out great as well. You just need to adjust the recipe a bit, like use less condensed milk, and decrease the amount of liquid. I have all the details in the recipe notes so please have a read through!
Mango Tres Leches
- 3 eggs room temperature
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp butter melted and cooled
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup condensed milk
- 1/2 cup mango puree
- 1 cup heavy cream chilled
- 1/3 cup icing sugar
- 1/4 cup mango puree
- Preheat your oven to 350-360 F. Start off by preparing the sponge. In a clean bowl of your stand mixer add the eggs and egg white. Whip on a medium speed until the eggs start to froth. Then gradually add the sugar until the eggs have reached soft peaks and are fluffy and pale in color. This is called the ribbon stage. The time varies according to egg temperature and mixer speed so keep an eye on them. Don't over whip the eggs or they will deflate.
- In a small bowl sift the flour and baking powder together. Add to the egg mixture in 3 batches, folding to combime. Use a spatula to fold, and mix just until the flour combines. Then add the vanilla and butter and fold just till combined. Pour into your baking dish and bake for 25 minutes or till the top is golden brown and when you lightly press the center it bounces back.
- While the cake is baking prepare your milk mixture. Mix the milks and mango puree and set aside. In a bowl add the topping ingredients and whip to soft peaks.
- Once the sponge comes out of the oven poke small holes using a fork or knife all over the cake. Gradually pour the milk mixture all over the cake. Let the milk absorb into the sponge as it cools. Once it comes to room temperature spread over the cream topping, even it out, then cover and refridgerate for at least 5 hours, over night is best. Decorate with fresh fruit before serving.
Shortcut Mango Tres Leches
- Use a vanilla cake mix and bake according to package instructions. While it is in the oven prepare the milk mixture and the whipped cream topping. Once it comes out of the oven, poke holes using a fork and gradually pour the milk mixture over the cake. Since cake mixes make moist cakes, the liquid will not absorb as quick. Just be patient and slowly pour it over.
- Some milk mixture may be left over. Then let it come to room temperature and top it with the whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Decorate with berries and serve.
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