This Week’s Theme: Cakes
Entrepreneur and cake decorating aficionado, Aisha AlObeidy, of Joy of Cakes, created this traditional Mexican Pastel de Tres Leches from scratch and shares exactly how she made it. I’ve always been a big fan of whipped cream icing on cakes. This one looks extra smooth and creamy.
The cake is popular in Central and South America, North America and many parts of the Caribbean, as well as in Europe. The origins of the tres leches are disputed; however, the idea for creating a cake soaked in a liquid is likely of Medieval European origin, as similar cakes, such as British Trifle and rum cake, and tiramisu from Italy, use this method. Recipes for soaked-cake desserts were seen in Mexico as early as the 19th century, likely a result of the large cross-cultural transfer which took place between Europe and the Americas. Recipes appeared on Nestlé condensed milk can labels in the 1940s, which may explain the cake’s widely disseminated popularity throughout Latin America as the company had created subsidiaries in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela in the 1930s. Others claim that it has origin from Albania south-eastern Europe. In recent years its popularity has increased in Turkey under the name of Trileçe.
Inspiration for Today
“Our varied beliefs & backgrounds are icing. Our shared humanity is cake.” ~ Colin Wright