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Tres Leches Rum Cake w/ Toasted Meringue – Valentines Endorsement

Ladies take Valentines to a whole new level in the Philippines, so better be prepared and make her happy. This also applies to you girls who have befallen the luck of having a boyfriend that is really into the “holiday” as well.

No. I’m not going to tell you how to propose or dress or have a successful date, because waht would i know? all of that is really up to you, and most of the time its really as simple as just being yourself. If someone has accepted to go on a date with you, its because of you (unless you’re on a blind date or a set up) and no one else. My two cents are: people tend to gravitate towards those who have a visible passion for life, a strong interest in the world and who lead life day by day, ready and excited for the challenges. If you are happy with who you are, what you do, where your from, it will be felt, and it lends to the rules of attraction. That’s as far as i go.

Focusing on what i do; food, valentine’s is one of those instances i believe you should take time to make something from scratch, whether its a gift, a letter, a card or CAKE.

More of that below.

Unfortunately not everyone will have the time to cook a whole meal from scratch since D Day falls on a Tuesday this year. So if you just have an hour or 2 to put together a quick and tasty meal, remembering the following guidelines to ensure you get everything done on time and don’t leave her/him waiting too long:
 - Apps: Anything cold, salads, cold cuts, dishes with smoked fish, bread centric dishes (bruschetta). These are all things you can assemble quickly but still have it look intricate and enticing.

Example: Take some smoked salmon, chop it up with some sour cream, a tsp of capers, a shallot, black olives, fresh dill and pepper. Take a baguette, cut and toast it, smother with some butter. Place salmon on top and cover with fresh arugula and some extra virgin olive oil.

- Mains: here you want something that you wont fidget over and wont have to stay around the stove too long, so while this is gently cooking away, under and hour, in the oven, you can set up the house or take a shower. For your accompaniements, again, simple is key, baked potatoes, veggies, green salad with vinaigrette, flash fry veg (asparagus, zucchini, broccoli…)

Example: Roast Chicken. It takes one hour in the oven and you can place your veg at the bottom. 2 birds with 1 stone. Well 1 bird really in this case.

- Desserts: Here is where it gets intresting. Valentine seems to rhyme with chocolates, sweet nothings being whisepered and promises of sugar rushes. So give in to the temptation and make CAKE. I’ve selected the Tres Leches cake because its a sponge that is soaked in condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole cream and topped with a toasty meringue and spiced with some rum. What’s great about this recipe is that it can be made way in advance (as early as tonight) so that it’ll be ready the next day, no fuss, no extra cleaning needed!

Other Rules worth noting:

1. Don’t chop too many garlic, onions, etc… your hands will have an awful smell.

2. Candles fix every household flaw.

3. Music.

4. Get rid of bad breath.

5. Wear the good undies.

6. If you’re eating out, RESERVE.

 

Tres Leches Rum Cake with Toasted Meringue

Base Cake: 1 cup of all purpose flour, 1 tbsp of baking powder, mix. In a seperate bowl, mix 1/4 cup of sugar with 6 egg whites, until peaks form. In another bowl, beat 6 egg yolks with 1/4 cup of sugar. Combine all until smoth. Place in a buttered baking dish for 20 mins (or until a toothpick comes out clean) in a 180 degrees celcius oven.

Bathing Liquid: Combine 1 can of evaporated milk, 1 can of condensed milk, 1 cup of cream, 2 tsp of vanilla essence, and 2 tbsp of rum. Mix well. Make wholes in the cool turned over base cake and bathe with this liquid, overnight or for a minimum of 3 hours.

Merignue: Before serving, beat 3 egg whites, 2/3 cup of sugar and 2 tbsp of water until well combines. place on top of a pot of boiling water while beating until the whites reach 140 farenheit, remove from pot and keep beating until glossy white peaks are formed.

Assemble the cake, place the meringue and toast it nicely with a blow torch, or using the broil function fo your oven.

 

 

 

61 COMMENTS

    1. Ci Ong February 13, 2012 at 2:51 am

      i have been making Chef Reggie Aspiras’s Rum Cake recipe for years, i will definitely try this one. The bathing liquid looks yummy. Thanks Erwan.

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      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:35 am

        give it a try :)

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    1. arra medina February 13, 2012 at 4:21 am

      Hi Chef,

      Tres Leches Rum Cake w/ Toasted Meringue – LIP SMACKING!!

      Gonna Try!!

      Thanks for sharing!
      God bless!!

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      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:35 am

        score!

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        1. Arra Medina February 20, 2012 at 3:25 am

          Better late than never:

          Thanks Sir Erwan! My man is not into sweets (cakes for that matter), but he definitely loved it! Now i can say baking is easy! (err, if following instuctions pretty well..) I guess i’ll put aside na my plan of going into culinary school, gonna wait for your posts nalang! Have so much learning from you. God bless and more power!

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    1. Maiq February 13, 2012 at 5:20 am

      My oven just broke, do you have any suggestions on where to get a good base cake? :)

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      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:35 am

        i actually have no idea, sorry

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      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:36 am

        ask a friend to bake it?

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    1. Sabrina February 13, 2012 at 5:38 am

      Hi Erwan, what size of baking dish did you use? thanks!

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      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:37 am

        something like 9×9 i think haha, im terrible at baking

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        1. Sabrina February 14, 2012 at 4:31 am

          I guessed right :) but still used a 9×10. Heh. Thanks!

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          1. Sabrina February 14, 2012 at 4:34 am

            I added 1/2tsp tartar on the egg whites to make sure it will hold. not sure if mine was a success. I sent you a tweet with a picture of it :)

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            1. Erwan February 17, 2012 at 2:31 am

              yup you can do that, but not really necessary here since we are not looking for super crispy meringue.

          1. Erwan February 17, 2012 at 2:31 am

            that works just as well!

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    1. Arra Medina February 13, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Hi Chef,

      Tres Leches Rum Cake w/ Toasted Meringue – LIP SMACKING!!
      Gonna Try!!
      Thanks for sharing!
      God bless!!

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    1. jhe February 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      will try this soon! Eversince, the meringue i make is always palpak.hehe.(still a novice in baking). I hope this one will be a success. Will follow your recipe and send you a pic. Thank you! :)

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      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:33 am

        baking is real easy as long as you have the right recipe and follow it to the T

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    1. Ogs February 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Hello Ninja Chef,

      not really complicated at all..
      thanks again!…

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      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:32 am

        yup, very easy

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    1. krischelle caramat February 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      love it!!!
      perfect for valentines..

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      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:32 am

        yes it is!

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    1. justine February 14, 2012 at 6:16 am

      I really cant watch yourr videos anymore. Oh maybe its in the settiings of the tablet im using.ah happy v day!

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      1. Erwan February 17, 2012 at 2:31 am

        i havent changed anything, try going straight to vimeo.

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    1. sofia February 14, 2012 at 6:43 am

      wow!!that’s all i can say!you are really awesome!:)

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      1. Erwan February 17, 2012 at 2:30 am

        wow is what you will say when you taste it!

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        1. sofia February 17, 2012 at 9:19 am

          yes i will try it..but sad to say..i don’t even know how to bake.. he he

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          1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:54 am

            dont worry me neither

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    1. kim February 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      I want to try this recipe coz i have a sweet tooth. Can i bake it in microwave oven?

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      1. Erwan February 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

        nope sorry :(

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    1. Trexcy Anne Cahilog (@trixlelis) February 15, 2012 at 1:56 am

      hey i did it here’s a photo but with little innovation :) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=324875144230697&set=a.324874060897472.97707.100001246434966&type=3

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      1. Erwan February 17, 2012 at 2:27 am

        looks greaT!

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    1. anthony monteiro February 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      hi chef, what rum did you use? Thanks!

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      1. Erwan February 17, 2012 at 2:27 am

        almirante, its on the video.

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    1. Christine February 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you for sharing! I love that it’s not another chocolate cake (although I do love them!).

      Christine

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      1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:55 am

        thank you for reading!

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    1. Caroline February 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      What a gorgeous cake!! I’ve never made a tres leches cake myself, but I know they’re delicious. I’m liking your addition of rum. ;) Sounds fantastic.

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      1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:56 am

        tryi it out, its a party in your mouth! promise. and a good kind of party, not one of the lames ones

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    1. Daryl February 19, 2012 at 3:21 am

      Hi Erwan!
      I like your choice of music. Can you try to put the name of the songs you used on your video and it’s artist on each entry? Please..

      Thank you! And I’m looking forward to your new video.

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      1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:57 am

        will do siR!

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        1. Jeck March 14, 2012 at 5:08 am

          yes, please! :)

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    1. FlyGirl February 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Hi Erwan, What is a good substitute for rum? We don’t have alcohol here in Saudi Arabia. Thank you! :)

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    1. LENETH February 21, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Erwan, i know how good you are in cooking and i heard that you are a good singer too. haha! can you sing while cooking?

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      1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:58 am

        that would have no logic haha

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    1. ella February 21, 2012 at 7:37 am

      the boyfriend made this last weekend!! soo happy i got him to read your blog! :D he’ll be making another batch for his birthday so the fambam can try it too.

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      1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:58 am

        i love that you call him the boyfriend

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    1. Trish February 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Chef Erwan!

      I’ve looking for a great tres leches recipe and i’m glad that i ran into yours! It tastes like my boyfriend and I’s favorite tres leches cake in a wonderful Chicago bakery when i was living there a while back.I used to drag him from our house for a mile just for tres leches.haha.Thank you for the bringing back sweet memories:) btw, i made another one, but i tried it with coconut milk instead of whole cream :) Godbless!:)

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      1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:59 am

        yum! send me a pic! i love food memories

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    1. Jude February 27, 2012 at 8:51 am

      I was sucked into your exciting recipes.

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      1. Erwan March 12, 2012 at 3:53 am

        it happens

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    1. Dianne Marlice C. Famador February 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Hi Erwan!

      Because of this post, my sister and I decided to make this one. But we used my sister’s recipe from her school (CCA). I hope you’ll post more desserts, Im a fan! Love your blog!

      Xx,
      Dianne ♥

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    1. Dianne Marlice C. Famador February 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Hi Erwan!

      Because of this post, my sister and I decided to make this one. But we used my sister’s recipe from her school (CCA). Check out our own tres leches here blog entry here! http://diiannemarlice.blogspot.com/2012/02/pseudo-cooking-show-tres-leches-cake.html Thank you! :)

      I hope you’ll post more desserts, Im a fan! Love your blog!

      Xx,
      Dianne ♥

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    1. Inez March 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      “Candles fix every household flaw” made me laugh there ;p Good one Erwan (I like how that rhymes)

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      1. Erwan March 12, 2012 at 4:01 am

        haha they seriously do though!

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    1. Brye G April 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Can i do this with a manual hand mixer?

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    1. Brye G April 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Erwan! Can I do this with a manual hand mixer?

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      1. Erwan April 18, 2012 at 2:05 am

        yup just a whisk will do

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    1. drew June 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      hi there! i just saw a video of this cake recipe,i will try this..looks delicious..thanks for sharing..

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 2:41 am

        try it out, its awesome!

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    1. emkei November 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      I always fail making meringue, SOS!

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      1. Erwan November 20, 2012 at 3:22 am

        so easy! watch the vid again!

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    1. Gleb April 24, 2013 at 7:32 am

      It is super weblog, I would like to be like you

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