The dairy isn't a problem, thanks to homemade substitutes, but I'm really stuck on the cake portion. I don't know if a vegan version will work, since the cake has to absorb the liquids. Is the cake a dense cake, or is it more like a sponge cake? I'd like to take it to a party in a couple days. Here are two dairy egg versions I found through Google. Ideas, suggestions? ::Help::
I would've asked Bryanna Clark Grogan on her message board as well, but couldn't get my message to go through.
This is an awefully challenging item to make vegan in my opinion, as one of the main points of this cake is to enjoy the variety of textures of the milk items in one dish.
I believe Tres Leches is a dense cake.... I've never had it directly, but I think one of the milks is flan, a nice thick custard. (Mmmmm....) I think you could use silken tofu. Who are you making this cake for? It'd be good to have someone who has tasted this cake before and is picky about food help you out. Lots of vanilla also seems to pop into my head. Good luck.
Thanks for the reply, froggy. Hmm, really? I haven't seen any recipes calling for a custard. I've seen recipes that call for "media crema," (heavy cream, I believe) milk, and or evaporated/condensed milk. Like I said, I have the "milk" substitutes covered, so I'm going to be in experimenting with the cake portion today. The cake is for a Cinco de Mayo party being thrown by friends of ours. Thanks for the luck...I'm going to need it!
Has the host requested this particular cake for the celebration? I've have some other adapted recipes that we've used at celebrations for Dia de los Muertos, Las Posadas and Dia de los Reyes.
IamJen: No, the host didn't request this particular cake, but I was curious enough to try and experiment. No biggie. However, I’m interested in seeing the other recipes you mentioned, if it isn’t too much trouble!
There are a lot of recipes on the internet for vegan Tres leche - you just have to google it.
These are the first three things that came up when I googled it:
The cake should be very light, so that it absorbs the milk that you pour over it. You can just bake a vegan vanilla sponge cake and then pour some sweetened milk (like a vegan condensed milk), or preferably three types of milk (thus the name) over the top. Once it has completely cooled, top with whipped cream.
It shouldn't be a flan and it doesn't have custard
It shouldn't be hard to veganise it. I'll be posting a recipe for it on my blog sometime in February.