Mocha tres leches with vanilla bean ice cream

I've been hankering for some strawberry milkshake for quiet sometime and planning on making a batch of strawberry ice cream so that I can make it .....

But what if I want some chocolate or mango or coffee milkshake then ?

So I settle for vanilla ice cream , which  I'm not really fond of eating much less making it .....

How I changed my mind ^____^ ''

Oh , you'll change yours as well if only you can taste this vanilla bean ice cream of mine !

I bet even Haagen Dasz vanilla ice cream can't beat it lol 

No eggs in this recipe but for a simple vanilla flavor , it has 8 ingredients , too much , I'll say , but still easy to make  ....

Why make vanilla when there are much more exciting flavors out there , like coffee perhaps ? -____-

Ha !

Coffee ice cream still rule ! 

Another reason for making vanilla ice cream is to use it as a topping for my mocha tres leches cake ... 

The best thing about joining some of the blog hop event online is you can make some of those recipes that you've been eyeing for months but haven't got around on making it for one reason or another ...

In my case , too lazy or the recipe is too time-consuming  or I don't have that ingredient(s) yada , yada ......

But tres leches cake is a must-bake for me , I love milk , ( though I'm lactose intolerant before 11 am  ,  I know it's weird hee hee ! ) and  condensed milk is one of my fave ; 3 milk in a cake sounds like calcium overload  er divine !

According to Wiki  : Tres leches cake aka three milks cake , is made of sponge cake or some recipes , made of butter cake and soaked in three kinds of milk , evaporated milk , condensed milk and whole milk . When butter is not used , the tres leches cake is very light and does not have a soggy consistency despite being soaked in a mixture of 3 types of milk .

Though a part of the middle of the cake turned out soggy , I think because when I tested the sponge cake , some wet crumbs still clinging on the wooden skewer , that's good if you're making brownies but a no-no when making this cake , better overdone and dry than a moist cake in this instance ...

I was thinking before that making this cake takes too much time , but after making the sponge cake and the soaking liquid , I told myself , is that it ?

Easier than making that ice cream for sure !

The cake itself is not sweet and go really well with the vanilla bean ice cream .....

Please check full recipe @ Better Homes and Gardens

For the chocolate sponge cake :

3 eggs
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

* Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C . Separate eggs , put whites in a large mixing bowl and the yolks in a small bowl , set aside . In a small saucepan , heat milk over medium heat until simmering , remove pan from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth , set aside to cool .

* In a small mixing bowl , combine the flour and baking powder , set aside . Beat egg whites and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy ; increase speed to medium-high and beat until soft peaks form . Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form .

* Add yolks to the beaten whites and beat until just combined . Add flour and cooled chocolate mixture alternately to the egg mixture , beating after each addition , scraping the sides of the bowl from time to time . Add vanilla and beat until just combined .

* Pour batter into an ungreased 8 x 8-inch baking pan , spreading evenly  . Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes our clean . Transfer cake to a cooling rack and let cool completely in the pan before removing .

For the soaking liquid : 

Makes about 1 2/3 cups ( I used 1 1/3 cups )

168 grams evaporated milk
2 tablespoons instant espresso coffee powder
100 grams condensed milk
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons whipping cream

* In a medium saucepan , combine the evaporated milk and espresso powder , heat over medium heat , stirring constantly until espresso powder has dissolved . Remove from heat and whisk in the condensed milk and whipping cream .

* Use the tines of a long fork or a wooden skewer and poke holes all over the top of the cake . Pour the espresso mixture evenly over the top of the cake . Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight . Slice and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream .

*****Vanilla bean ice cream recipe from Jeni's splendid ice cream or check Better Homes and Gardens

I'm linking this post to the Bake-Along event hosted by the trio of foodielicious ladies namely Joyce of My Kitchen Flavours Lena of Frozen Wings and Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids 



  1. The cake has such a light yet moist crumb that I love!

    1. Angie , a bit soggy in the middle though :P :D

  2. Hi Anne,
    Mocha tres leches sounds yummy! Yours looks so inviting with that scoop of vanilla ice cream, a delicious substitute for cream frosting! And I love vanilla ice cream!
    I'm glad that Bake-Along has got you going with Tres Leches! Thank you for baking along with us!

    1. Joyce , try making this vanilla bean ice cream next time ! I know you'll love it ;D

  3. perfect! a very similiar cake served here with whipped cream instead of ice creams is called "WZ" and is typical for Warsaw where I live:)
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    1. Ola , cool ! The topping is actually whipped cream in this cake but I used ice cream instead :D

  4. oh my gosh... A!

    I was thinking of... what if I made a chocolate sponge cake instead of plain... you showed me that I can! Your MTLC is awesome, more so with that awesome ice cream you made!

    1. Em , do try chocolate sponge instead and add some instant coffee to your soaking liquid if your family likes it :D

  5. Been reading the term Tres Leche a lot lately, but only learned from you today what the 3 milk is really all certainly mean YUM!!

  6. I'm craving for this yummy mocha tres leche:)

    1. Melgie , do try to make it if you have time :)

  7. this flavor combination sounds like a dream! mocha in a tres leches cake? brilliant! plus the ice cream...i know it's boring, but real vanilla is one of my absolute favorites.

    1. Anna , I've already changed my mind re vanilla ice cream and this vanilla bean ice cream is not BORING at all lol

  8. I don't join any blog hop because I know I am not going to make any of this yummy thing.if I do I will be the only one eating it. Days go by and I do not bake anything but from last few days my daughter was telling me to bake a simple chocolate cake that she can eat with ice cream. I think you read my mind and you posted vanilla ice cream with mocha tres leches. Now what can I say,I have to show this to my daughter.We'll all love this as you said its not sweet.

    1. Bal , you can reduce more of the condensed milk if you like , I think the added espresso powder cuts down the sweetness ....Really glad that I made this cake and yup , I ate most of this cake tsk tsk ! :D

  9. Wow this mocha version look great with the ice cream...

    1. Mich , calorific but so worth it ! Though I can feel my stomach expanding right now :D

  10. Oh, this is too tempting! must find one day try this out..

  11. Hi Anne! My girl is reading this post together with me now... and she's asking me if I could make this for her! :D

    1. Alvin , do try it ! You know that I ate about 3/4 of this cake ? I'm such a pig lol

  12. hi anne, i've never come across a coffee version of a tres leches cake. I'm glad that you made this version to bring awareness to us. I feel like making some ice cream too..i think it's a brilliant idea to eat the milk cake with ice cream. eh, why lactose intolerant before 11am?

  13. Weird , right ? I get an upset stomach everytime I drink milk in the morning , adding it in my coffee seems fine though :P

    Lena , you should try that recipe ! 'tis really good :D

  14. Hi Anne, oh how i would love to have this for my dessert now, it looks absolutely divine!

  15. Hi Anne, your cake look soooo good plus the scoop of ice cream, it sure look heavenly.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. Anne,
    Your mocha tres leches cakes top with your vanilla ice cream is making me drool ^_^
    I love milk too I am going to try to bake one too :D

  17. Yikes! This is making my mouth water. I would love some of this right now!

  18. Sorry Anne! I shouldn't laugh at your weird timing for lactose intolerance... it is very weird that your intolerance is timing related. Pardon me! :p

    Your coffee version of tres leches cake sounds really ultimately good! I know that Lena will like this :D

  19. Hi Anne, another delicious and superb recipe from you. The cake look very delectable and luscious.
    The vanilla ice cream look so smooth and refreshing. Wish I can have some now. LOL


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