Vanilla Tres Leches Cakes

Vanilla Tres Leches Cakes

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

The classic Mexican cake, with its rich flavors of vanilla and three different kinds of milk, is lightened up and served in jumbo cupcake form with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • Nonstick cooking spray for baking
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour or all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (see Tips)
  • ½ vanilla bean (see Tips)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 3 eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup evaporated fat-free milk, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • Fresh berries (optional)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 6 jumbo muffin cups with cooking spray. In a bowl stir together the flour, brown rice flour (if using), baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter with a mixer on medium for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar; beat on medium about 5 minutes or until very light and fluffy. Using tip of sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean. Add seeds to butter mixture with 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract. Add egg product, ¼ cup or 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and ½ cup of the evaporated milk, beating on low after each addition just until combined. Pour batter into muffin cups, spreading tops evenly.
  3. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in centers comes out clean. (Cakes will appear shallow in the pan.)
  4. Meanwhile, in a bowl stir together the remaining ¼ cup evaporated milk, the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla, the sweetened condensed milk, and fat-free milk. Using a skewer, poke holes all over the tops of hot cakes. Evenly spoon the milk mixture over hot cakes, allowing milk mixture to soak into cakes before adding more. Cool cakes in muffin pan. Sprinkle cakes with powdered sugar and serve topped with fresh berries, if desired.
  • Tips: If using a sugar substitute, choose Splenda® Sugar Blend for Baking. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to ¾ cup sugar. Nutrition Per Serving with Substitute: Same as below, except 187 cal., 23 g carb. (10 g sugars).
  • After removing the vanilla bean seeds, you can use the scraped-out vanilla bean to make vanilla sugar. Place the bean in an airtight container with granulated sugar. Cover; shake gently. Let stand at least 1 week or up to 6 months.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ mini cake
  • Per serving: 199 calories; 8 g fat(5 g sat); 1 g fiber; 27 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 32 mcg folate; 20 mg cholesterol; 14 g sugars; 419 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 70 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 164 mg sodium; 56 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 fat, 1 starch, ½ other carbohydrate

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