Recipe

Mango & coconut tres leche cake

This mango and coconut creation tastes every bit as good as it looks. Juicy strips of delicious mango, set atop decadent, sweet and rich folds of coconut enhanced cream hides the berry filled base below. Resistance is futile.

  • Serves 9
  • 1 hr 20 mins cooking
mango & coconut  tres leche cake

Ingredients

Mango & coconut tres leche cake
  • 125 gram (4 ounces) strawberries, chopped
  • 60 gram (2 ounces) blueberries
  • 60 gram (2 ounces) raspberries
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • cup (80ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (200g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 395 gram (12½ ounces) canned sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) coconut cream
  • 2 mangoes (1.2kg), sliced thinly
  • 1 lime (90g), rind grated finely
Whipped coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) coconut cream, chilled
  • 300 millilitre thickened (heavy) cream, chilled
  • 2 tablespoon icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

Mango & coconut tres leche cake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F. Grease a 22cm (9-inch) square cake pan; line base and sides with baking paper, extending the paper 5cm (2 inches) over the sides.
  • 2
    Combine strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in a small bowl.
  • 3
    Beat egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until glossy and stiff. Combine egg yolks, milk and extract in a small bowl. With the motor operating, gradually add milk mixture to egg white mixture until well combined. Sift flour and baking powder onto mixture, then gently fold through; fold in berries. Pour mixture into pan; level surface.
  • 4
    Bake cake for 1 hour, turning pan halfway through cooking, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, whisk condensed milk, evaporated milk and coconut cream together in a large jug until combined.
  • 6
    As soon as the cake is cooked, use a skewer to poke holes in the cake; pour milk mixture over hot cake. Cool cake in pan.
  • 7
    Meanwhile, for whipped coconut cream, ush coconut cream through a fine sieve into a small bowl. Beat thickened cream, sifted icing sugar and extract in a small bowl with an electric mixer until almost soft peaks form. Fold in sieved coconut cream.
  • 8
    Spread whipped coconut cream on cake; decorate with mango slices and rind.

Notes

Shake the can of coconut cream before you open it. You can use whatever berries you like, such as mulberries and loganberries. If you have a zesting tool, you can use it to make long thin strips of lime rind instead of grating it. The cake is easier to cut using a flat-bladed knife, rather than a serrated knife. This cake is best made on the day of serving.

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