Cuatro leches cake

We’ve been expanding our dessert repertoire, and I wanted to use up a box of cake mix we got from the free shelf in our apartment building. J suggested cuatro leches cake! It’s like tres leches cake (cake soaked in a mixture of condensed, evaporated, and whole milk or heavy cream, often topped with dulce de leche), but the cake batter also includes powdered milk. I’m not sure that the powdered milk actually does anything for the cake, seems like it might just be for bragging rights on getting 53 different milk ingredients into the dish.

This isn’t really going to be a recipe so much as a guide, since I wouldn’t recommend purchasing a cake mix. The cake is supposed to be a sponge cake, and there are lots of versions online. We added 1/4 cup milk powder to the boxed mix, and whipped the egg whites and folded them in.

Baked in the 13″ cast iron ’cause we don’t have a cake pan and the brownie pan was being used to make dulce de leche. We don’t have photos of that, but know that it made the microwave sticky inside and out.
Poke a bunch of holes and soak with a mixture of (approximately) 1 can of evaporated milk, 1 cup of whole milk or heavy cream, and as much condensed milk as you want, up to 1 can which will make the cake very sweet. We used barely any condensed milk here, which made it a good level of sweetness in combination with the icing.
Cut up haphazardly, move to a smaller container because you froze half the cake, and top with dulce de leche or whipped cream!

The cake turned out really well, much better than I was expecting! J had described the cake as being soooo sweet that you can only eat about a 1 square inch piece at a time. This version is more like cuatro leches cake lite.

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