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Individual Tres Leches Cakes with Cognac and Dark Chocolate

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 4 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8

Mason jars act as the perfect individual serving dishes for our tres leches cake with cognac and dark chocolate. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

Cakes

5
eggs
1
cup granulated sugar
1 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ unbleached all-purpose flour
8
half-pint mason jars with lids

Tres Leches Filling

1
can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1
can (12 oz) evaporated milk
1
cup whipping cream
1/4
cup cognac

Garnish

4
oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
8
Bing or maraschino cherries with stems

Sweetened Whipped Cream

1 3/4
cups very cold whipping cream
3
tablespoons powdered sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray; line bottom of pan with cooking parchment paper.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat eggs and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium-high speed at least 10 minutes or until mixture is fluffy and pale yellow and triples in volume. With spatula, gently but quickly incorporate flour, in 3 to 4 additions, into egg mixture. Pour batter into pan.
  • 3
    Bake about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Poke entire cake with fork; cool in pan on cooling rack. With 2-inch round cutter, cut cake into rounds; reserve scraps.
  • 4
    In medium bowl, mix filling ingredients with whisk until well blended.
  • 5
    To assemble, place 1 cake round in bottom of each mason jar. Top each with 1/4 cup filling and about 1 tablespoon chopped chocolate. Repeat layers once. Cover jars with lids. Refrigerate at least 3 hours but not longer than 24 hours.
  • 6
    In chilled medium bowl, beat 1 3/4 cups whipping cream, the powdered sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Top each cake with whipped cream and 1 cherry.

Expert Tips

  • Use a fine-quality dark chocolate, not baking chocolate, for the garnish. Or substitute milk or white chocolate, if you prefer.
  • Have an extra mason jar or two on hand, in case you have enough cake rounds or scraps and filling to make more servings.
  • Use a cooler to transport the cakes to a potluck or other gathering. Bring the whipped cream and cherries in separate containers and garnish cakes right before serving.
  • For an alcohol-free dessert, simply omit the cognac.

Nutrition Information

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