tres para cinco — torta de margarita

by hungryrabbit on April 29, 2011

Torta de Margarita

May 5th comes and goes every year, but I’m usually caught off guard about Cinco de Mayo celebrations. This minor Mexican holiday has become one of America’s favorite excuses for a party—gringos add a few chips and salsa to help that pitcher of margaritas. Soon, the high-school Spanish starts flowing.

Since I’m ahead of the holiday this year, perhaps I’ll make a Mexican inspired dinner accompanied by blue agave and ice. Most importantly, I’m excited to make a Mexican-inspired dessert for this holiday.

I have learned from my baking experiments that when you add booze to a cake, the comfort quota increases geometrically to the amount of alcohol added. At the same time, subtlety shrinks as comfort jumps. That’s okay in this case. After all, we’re celebrating the Mexican Army’s defeat of French forces in at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, not the actual Mexican Independence Day (September 15 & 16) commemorating  the more important War of Independence.

September is too far away, so let’s celebrate now—I’m making a Torta de Margarita (Margarita Cake), a classic Tres Leches Cake laced with tequila and lime. After setting in the refrigerator for a day, the consumption of a slice of this cake is probably equivalent of a small margarita.

Since Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday this year, make the cake in advance and let it marinate in the refrigerator. An instant party awaits. In two months, the French get their chance.

Torta de Margarita

adapted from Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra
serves 7-9

CAKE
3 large eggs
3/4 cup superfine sugar (5-3/4 ounces)
1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour (5 ounces)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon table salt
3 tablespoons whole milk

TEQUILA MILK
7 ounces condensed milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup tequila

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350℉. Line a baking 8-inch square pan w parchment paper. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. set aside.

2. Place eggs, sugar and lime zest in the bowl of a stand-mixer with whisk attachment, whisk on medium-high speed until thick and pale about 3 minutes. Gently fold in flour mixture then add milk and thoroughly combine.

3. Bake for 25-28 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cake should be slightly over-baked to develop flavor and a sturdy structure. Loosen side of cake with sharp knife.

4. While cake is baking, combine condensed milk and sour cream, whisk until smooth. Whisk in evaporated milk, whole milk and tequila; set aside.

5. Using toothpick, poke several rows of holes on top of the cake. Slowly pour tequila milk evenly over the top. Set cake on cooling rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Wrap cake in pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.

6. Cut cake into squares and serve with sweetened whipped cream.

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Amelia from Z Tasty Life April 29, 2011 at 8:49 am

I like the sound of “Tequila milk”…very comforting ;)
Feliz cinco de Mayo!

Lora @cakeduchess April 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm

This post makes me smile and giggle! Love the Tequila milk and your gorgeous cake! I made a tres leches cake last month and L ate almost the WHOLE thing (no tequila;)

Donna@NothingChocolate April 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Oh my, my, my, my, my… How decadent! And how lovely and bright your food photos are!

Margaret April 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Since this cake is named after me, I should expect to get a piece of this, no? This cake looks nice and moist wish I could sink my teeth into this gorgeous piece!

foodwanderings April 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

This is beautiful could have easily served at a Royal Wedding!! :) Love the airy, Springy color scheme!!

Deb of knitstamatic April 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Oh wow, this cake looks delicious and your photos are beautiful. Makes me want to take a bite! Tequila milk…think that might require a taste test. :-)

FreeSpiritEater April 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

wow! your photos are incredible! This looks perfect for Spring, great color contrast too. Love your site! Now a facebook and twitter follower =]

bunkycooks April 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm

This looks incredible! Will you make another one if I come to NYC? ;) Have a great weekend!

merry jennifer April 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I see we both had tres leches cake on our minds. You did the right thing, I think, by adding the tequila – how could a bit of alcohol NOT make dessert better? :)

Celia May 1, 2011 at 9:37 am

Yay! Congrats on the Top 9! This is totally like a ray of boozy sunshine making my study time a little happier…I’m already wondering how many uses I can find for tequila milk…

rebecca May 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

wow love this fun cake

Sandra May 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Tequila Milk should be part of a food group. Congrats on Top 9 and thanks for this “gotta make this soon so I can get my drink on” recipe!

Kelly May 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm

WOW this looks delicious and your pictures are gorgeous! So glad I found your blog and I’m looking forward to future posts :)

Maria @ Scandifoodie May 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Wow, what a fantastic treat for celebration! This looks incredibly scrumptious!

Gastronomic Nomad May 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm

What an amazing looking cake! Looks very light but decadent in it’s alcoholic content. This will be a lovely surprise for my guests. Congrats on top 9!

Brian @ A Thought For Food May 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

I’ll just take a glass of that tequila milk please! ;-) This is a fantastic way to celebrate the best drinking day of the year.

Sorry I missed your top 9… YAY!!!

Mark Scarbrough May 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

I am SO coming to your house tomorrow. Seriously.

sweetsugarbelle May 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Lmbo @ the first paragraph. BEAUTIFUL CAKE!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction May 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Oh, I knew catching up on my blog reading tonight was a bad idea… Now, I am totally craving some Margarita Cake. Looks delish!

Audra@The-Baker-Chick May 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

What a great recipe! Tres Leches cake is one of my absolute favorites and to think of it being drenched in tequila makes me crave it even more.
So glad I found your blog!

Jeanne @ CookSister! May 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

Mrgarita in a cake form?? You had me at hello…!

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