Tres Leches Cupcakes and A World of Cake Giveaway!

by cakeduchess on March 3, 2011 · 114 comments

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Tres Leches. Three milks. Ripples of soft whipped cream on top of a milky cake. That sensual cherry on top…mmm! 


I see Tres Leches and other luscious Cuban desserts right next to the Cuban coffee station at our Publix every week. Aleyda is always ready with her contagious Cuban smile. “Hola! Come estas? Quieres un cafecito?” Aleyda asks me, “ Would you like  a Cuban coffee?” I always want a Cuban coffee! I quickly walk by to start my shopping. I dare not glance down for more than a 1/2 a second at that dreamy dessert just beckoning me to buy it and sink my teeth into its creamy cake.
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I received a copy of A World of Cake by Krystina Castella last week. I can’t stop looking at it and dreaming of which cake I want to try. It’s gorgeous!
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I decided to try first the Tres Leches recipe. I made a cake. It disappeared in 10 minutes.
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The next day, I made cupcakes. If you never had Tres Leches, you must try it. The cake is sweet and milky drenched in the three milks. I made a quick whipped topping to spread on top. I had to put on a cherry just the way I see it every week at our grocery store.
My son Luca had 2 big slices. He kept saying, “I love it Mommy! I love it!”
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I’m so excited that I’m offering one of my lucky readers a copy of A World of Cake!! Read a little about the book and the Krystina Castella. You might know her fabulous book: Crazy About Cupcakes:

Cake is a universal symbol of celebration, shared at birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, religious holidays, family get-togethers, and the honoring of achievements of all sorts. A World of Cake celebrates international cake-making traditions, with 150 recipes for a diverse range of cakes enjoyed around the world. Beautiful photographs and fascinating sidebars accompany the recipes, making this book a rich reading tour of the world’s cakes and the people who enjoy them.

A World of Cake is not only a cookbook, but also a historical lineage of traditional cakes from region to region. Discover birthday cake traditions that will surprise and awe, wedding cakes to cherish, and creature character cakes that kids will just adore. Panettone, Buche de Noel, Opera Cake, Sally Lunns, Dorset Apple Cake, English Trifle, Spanish Honey Cakes, Linzer Torte, Rice Flour Cakes, Mooncakes, Red Velvet Cake, German Chocolate Cake, and Mexican Wedding Cakes are just a few tastes of the decadent recipes included in A World of Cake.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Krystina Castella is a professional designer: her design company produced furniture, toys, stationery, and housewares for stores such as Urban Outfitters, Crate and Barrel, Papyrus, and Target. She is a currently a professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She is the author of Crazy About Cookies, Crazy About Cupcakes, Booze Cakes, Pops!, and Discovering Nature’s Alphabet, and she has been published in Craft magazine. Krystina lives in southern California.
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The infamous Tres Leches! Here’s the lineup: evaporated milk, whole milk, sweetened condensed milk.

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Tres Leches Cake
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
7 eggs, at room temperature
1 12/ teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream

Tres Leches Topping
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup evaporated milk
Makes 1 cake (serves 6-8) or approx. 16 cupcakes

To Prepare
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter and flour a 12-inch round cake pan or your muffin pans.

To Make the Cake
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
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In a separate large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a mixer until fluffy.
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Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
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Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternation with the sour cream, and mix until blended.
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To Bake
Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan.

To make the Tres Leches Topping
Stir together the milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk. when the cake is cool, remove from the pan and transfer to an ovenproof serving tray. Pierce the cake all over with a fork.
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Spoon the milk mixture over the cake and let soak for 5 minutes. (I let mine soak for about 15-20 minutes). I brushed it on my cupcakes with a pastry brush. I didn’t use all the tres leches mixture on the cupcakes.
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Whipped Cream
Whip one pint of whipped cream until soft peaks form. Don’t overbeat it because you will then have butter:)Add two tablespoons of powdered sugar and combine for about 1 more minute.

For  Cake or Cupcakes:
Pipe or spoon on the whipped topping. Don’t forget the cherry on top!Winking smile

The GIVEAWAY!

BONUS ENTRIES: Each entry comment counts as a SEPARATE entry in the giveaway!  To enter giveaways:

1. Go to Facebook and “Like”  A World Of Cake here: http://www.facebook.com/#%21/pages/A-world-of-cake/151771568178342
2.Go to Facebook and “Like” Storey Publishing here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Storey-Publishing/78540658563
3. Follow  @StoreyPub on Twitter.
4.  You can follow @cakeduchess on twitter
5. Go to  Facebook, LIKE Cake Duchess’ here on Facebook.
6. Leave a comment on this post!
7. If you RT or post on your Facebook page this giveaway post link, you get an additional entry. Please drop me an additional comment on this post saying that you did so.
8.  Become a “follower” of Cake Duchess’ blog.
9. Sign up for our RSS Feed/Email Subscription
10. Drawing will be done randomly from all comments recorded by Saturday, March 5 by 11 PM .
11. This giveaway is only open to readers in the US. I apologize to my international friends.

That’s NINE chances to win! The more entries you make, the better your chances are to WIN! Again, you MUST leave a separate comment for each entry to count : )

Thank you for checking in to see my Tres Leches Cupcakes and this FABULOUS giveaway for A World of Cake!

{ 114 comments… read them below or add one }

Lizzy March 3, 2011 at 1:39 am

This is my daughter’s favorite cake. I love the idea of making it into cupcakes! And, of course, yours are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the super idea~

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foodwandeings March 3, 2011 at 1:42 am

How wonderful Lora. Great giveaway as usual and delicious lookis tres leches cupcakes!!

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Sharon March 3, 2011 at 1:56 am

I loved reading every word of this post. Have to make this cake ….

And I’d love to own this wonderful book! Thanks for the entry!

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Sharon March 3, 2011 at 1:57 am

I liked A world of cake on facebook (Rust Hawk).

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Sharon March 3, 2011 at 1:58 am

I liked Storey Publishing on facebook (Rust Hawk).

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Melissa @IWasBornToCook March 3, 2011 at 1:59 am

That cake looks insane! Love tres leches.

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Sharon March 3, 2011 at 1:59 am

Following @cakeduchess on twitter on twitter @rusthawk.

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Sharon March 3, 2011 at 2:01 am

Following @StoreyPub on Twitter @rusthawk.

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Sharon March 3, 2011 at 2:03 am

I am following on GFC (rusthawk).

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Sharon March 3, 2011 at 2:04 am

I am following you on facebook (Rust Hawk).

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Sharon March 3, 2011 at 2:05 am
Jeannie March 3, 2011 at 2:10 am

Look so delicious! I like the cherry on top of the cupcake, so gorgeous!

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Lindsey March 3, 2011 at 2:16 am

This cupcake looks fabulous! And A World of Cake sounds like an awesome book!!

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Katrina March 3, 2011 at 2:17 am

I love this! I want this cake in my belly!!!! ♥ – Katrina

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Lindsey March 3, 2011 at 2:17 am

I’m following your blog!

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knitstamatic March 3, 2011 at 2:32 am

What a lovely looking cupcake, bet it tastes wonderful as well. The book looks awesome. Would be a great addition to my collection, my waistline…not so much! :-)

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knitstamatic March 3, 2011 at 2:34 am

I retweeted about this giveaway.

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Pegasuslegend March 3, 2011 at 2:47 am

I have never seen a more gorgeous cupcake!

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Sandra March 3, 2011 at 2:51 am

I am still in shock what you wrote before..so let me just say your cupcakes are so pretty and looks extremely delicious!

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Happy When Not Hungry March 3, 2011 at 3:03 am

Wow these cupcakes look amazing! A World of Cake looks like such a wonderful cookbook too!

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Wilde in the Kitchen March 3, 2011 at 3:04 am

This cupcake sounds rich and delicious, love it. Fantastic step-by-step directions too. Eat a couple of these for me tonight.

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Stephanie March 3, 2011 at 3:10 am

I love Tres Leches cake!!

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Stephanie March 3, 2011 at 3:10 am

I’m a follower of the blog :)

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Stephanie March 3, 2011 at 3:11 am

Follow on twitter @godawgs428

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Stephanie March 3, 2011 at 3:11 am

Like on Facebook!

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Lo-mo March 3, 2011 at 3:12 am

I have seen Alton Brown make this before, but his didn’t look this amazing!! I love the cherry on top of the cupcakes!! A great looking cake, and I will get my calcium from it as well!!

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Jennifer March 3, 2011 at 3:19 am

I follow you on twitter

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Jennifer March 3, 2011 at 3:21 am

These cupcakes look awesome. And as someone who loves making desserts, that cook book was so made for me. Hope I win. ;-D

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Jennifer March 3, 2011 at 3:22 am

I also liked you on facebook. Yay!

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Jennifer March 3, 2011 at 3:37 am

And finally I retweeted this post.

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Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box March 3, 2011 at 3:53 am

oh wow! :-) This looks amazing! :-) Since I just one the LAST cookbook giveaway, I feel bad entering this one. . . so I’m just commenting to say OH MY GOSH THAT LOOKS AMAZING! and that is all! :-)

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-=This:Envy=- March 3, 2011 at 4:20 am

I like A World of Cake on FB!
(SMorton)

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-=This:Envy=- March 3, 2011 at 4:21 am

I like Storey Publishing on FB
(SMorton)

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-=This:Envy=- March 3, 2011 at 4:22 am

I follow @StoreyPub on twitter
(thisenvy)

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-=This:Envy=- March 3, 2011 at 4:22 am

I follow you on twitter!
(thisenvy)

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-=This:Envy=- March 3, 2011 at 4:25 am

I like you on Facebook
(SMorton)

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-=This:Envy=- March 3, 2011 at 4:25 am

My comment for this post: I never thought about how tres leches means 3 milks. ROFL @ me

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Chow and Chatter March 3, 2011 at 4:25 am

wow what a great cake and the pic of your son says it all

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-=This:Envy=- March 3, 2011 at 4:26 am

I publicly follow your blog!

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-=This:Envy=- March 3, 2011 at 4:27 am

I also follow your feed!
(btw that “comment for this post” was a half-joke, I commented on the FB one too lol)

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Cookin' Canuck March 3, 2011 at 4:29 am

I can’t think of a better kind of cupcake. I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to stop at just one.

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Annapet March 3, 2011 at 4:32 am

I tweeted this:

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Don’t miss out on this! RT @cakeduchess Cake Duchess: Tres Leches Cupcakes and A World of Cake Giveaway! http://bit.ly/goJ6Gp

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Savory Sweet Living March 3, 2011 at 4:32 am

The cake looks amazing but I really just want to eat a whole bowl of the topping. Gorgeous post!

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs March 3, 2011 at 4:54 am

I liked A World Of Cake on Facebook.

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs March 3, 2011 at 4:55 am

I am following @cakeduchess on twitter.

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs March 3, 2011 at 5:02 am

I liked you on Facebook.

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs March 3, 2011 at 5:04 am

Even though I do not like maraschino cherries myself, I would still put one on top because it completes the cake. I have this book on my wishlist.

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs March 3, 2011 at 5:07 am

I am following you on Google Connect.

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Monet March 3, 2011 at 5:07 am

Hi lovely lady. This is perfect. I have all the ingredients for these cupcakes in my pantry! I’ve wanted to try a Tres Leches cake for awhile so I’ve stockpiled :-) Thanks for sharing your cake and this giveaway! Love you!

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All That's Left Are The Crumbs March 3, 2011 at 5:09 am

I am following @StoreyPub on twitter.

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A little bit of everything March 3, 2011 at 5:44 am

I’m following StoryPub on twitter @gringarl

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A little bit of everything March 3, 2011 at 5:45 am

i’m following you on twitter @gringarl

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A little bit of everything March 3, 2011 at 5:45 am

I like you on facebook

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A little bit of everything March 3, 2011 at 5:46 am

the cupcake looks stunning. love the sexy maraschino cherry on top

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A little bit of everything March 3, 2011 at 5:47 am

follow you on Google friend connect

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A little bit of everything March 3, 2011 at 5:50 am

RT your giveaway

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Elin March 3, 2011 at 6:31 am

Lora….your cupcakes looks great…love your photography too and thank you for the recipe. I would to have that book :)

Have a nice day,
Elin

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Emily March 3, 2011 at 6:43 am

those cupcakes look amazing and that book looks wonderful! I always can use new cookbooks to add to my collection :)

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Emily March 3, 2011 at 6:45 am

following you!

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Emily March 3, 2011 at 6:46 am

tweeted it :)

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Peggy March 3, 2011 at 10:54 am

I’ve actually never had Tres Leches cake, but this post really made me want to go out and make it! Yours looks absolutely beautiful!

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Table Talk March 3, 2011 at 11:21 am

Tres Leches cake is very popular here at our house. I drizzle caramel over the top as well for extra decadence. I know the cupcake version would be a big hit too!

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SMITH BITES March 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Great giveaway Lora! i’m such a collector of cookbooks and would love to have this to add to my library!! i’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed tres leches cake although i think it was a tiny bit different; made me chuckle to see your little guy looking very intent on having another piece of that cake!

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SMITH BITES March 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm

already a fan of yours on fb!

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Pretend Chef March 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

My neighbors talk about Tres Leches Cake a lot. Their toddlers birthday is coming up and I am so excited that it is tradition for them to have this cake at birthday parties. I can’t wait to try it! Your cupcake with the cherry looks so simple but utterly delicious! I LIKE A World of Cake on Facebook!

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Pretend Chef March 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I LIKE Storey Publishing on Facebook!

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Pretend Chef March 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I already LIKE you on Facebook… and everywhere else! Haha!

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Lynn March 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Thanks for sharing looks delish! and that book looks awesome!

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Pretend Chef March 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Looks like I combined entry #1 and #6 on my first entry for the giveaway. Here’s to make up for it.

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Pretend Chef March 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I posted about this giveaway on my Facebook page!

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Pretend Chef March 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I am already a FOLLOWER of your blog and absolutely love it. I especially love it when you post photos from your childhood and anything with an Italian backdrop sigh!

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Pretend Chef March 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I am signed up for emails as well!

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Lael Hazan @educatedpalate March 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I love making cake with my girls but we always have tres leches at a friends house. I guess it is time for us to make it at home. I’m already a follower and I’m tweeting it!

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Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow March 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Tres Leches is one of my absolute favorites! Love your cupcakes!

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Sourkraut March 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Fun giveaway and gorgeous-looking cupcakes!

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whoistracy March 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Yum, this looks delicious! I’ve never had tres leches but now you have me curious and wanting some!! Thanks for the giveaway. :o)

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Dionne Baldwin @ Try Anything Once March 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I went to Facebook and “Liked” A World of Cake.

I have never ever had Tres Leches cake, cupcake or anything but the cake looks so moist and fluffy and the frosting so light and creamy I need to try this.

I hope you know I mean it when I say THANKS for sharing this with us. :)

Love,

Dionne

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Dionne Baldwin @ Try Anything Once March 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I “liked” Storey Publishing.

I hope you are feeling better and you are having a very good week.

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Dionne Baldwin @ Try Anything Once March 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I’m already your Twitter friend! I hope you enjoyed your massage and yes you do deserve it.

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Dionne Baldwin @ Try Anything Once March 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I like you on Facebook areddy. I get a sneak peek on your beautiful photos right before I click to see your post…

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Dionne Baldwin @ Try Anything Once March 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

You are on my Firefox RSS bar thingy…I’m not sure what it’s called but I know how to use it lol.

Now I need to plan when I can make this cake…

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE March 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Oh I just want to kiss your face for this recipe! My family LOVES tres leches, and loves CUPCAKES even more. Thanks darlin, for helping make their weekend!

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels March 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Your cake and cupcakes look perfect! I LOVE Tres Leches cake and would love to taste yours!! Luca is just too cute staring at the cake. I think he secretly wanted to take the whole cake into the corner and eat it by myself. haha :)

Don’t include me in the giveaway, I just wanted to comment. :)

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The Mom Chef March 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Since I don’t bake much, you don’t have to include me in the giveaway. There are others that would have much more use for a resource like that book.

I just wanted to say that those cupcakes and the cake look amazing. I’ve seen tres leches cakes before but never tried them. Now I think I need to. Thanks for the extra push with this recipe.

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Maria March 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Oh my! These look too good to be true! My kind of cupcake!

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Foodies March 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I am jealous that your Publix serves you Cuban coffee…The cupcakes looks delish!

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Carolyn March 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Gorgeous cupcakes and cake, Lora. And the book seems like a must-read, I would have a hard time not salivating all over it!

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MarmandeintheKitchen March 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I love tres leches – such a great idea to make it as a cupcake. Looks delcious!

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Tiffany March 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Moist and delicious! mmmmmmm……mmmmm.m.m.mmmmmmmmm

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 3, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I love the book, what a great giveaway! Tres leches is one of those old favorites that stands the test of time, so moist and delicious.

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Sandra March 4, 2011 at 12:03 am

I’ve heard lots about Tres Leche, but have yet to try it. You’ve described it very well.

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sara @ CaffeIna March 4, 2011 at 12:46 am

so jealous about the book and about these cupcakes. I always love tres leches cakes so I can imagine the sweetness and softness of these cupcakes. heaven!

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Carole March 4, 2011 at 2:48 am

Love the idea of making this cake into cupcakes–so delectable. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

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Carole March 4, 2011 at 2:49 am

Of course, I follow you on Twitter. @cspod

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Carole March 4, 2011 at 2:49 am

And I follow/liked you on FB.

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Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook March 4, 2011 at 5:17 am

Oh goodness, no wonder why your little one loved this cake….it looks divine!

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Raina March 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I have never had tres leches cake. I have always wanted to try it. I love that you made it into cupcakes. They look delicious.

What a wonderful cookbook. Unfortunately, I am not on Facebook yet. I know…hard to believe.

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Sarita March 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

“Like” A World Of Cake

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Sarita March 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm

“Like” Storey Publishing

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Sarita March 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

following @storeypub

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Sarita March 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm

follow @cakeduchess on twitter

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Amy March 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Oh. My. God. I am sooo making these!!

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Elle March 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Those look delectable! I can tel just by looking at them how moist the cake must be. What a great book, too!

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scrambledhenfruit March 5, 2011 at 2:34 am

This Tres Leches cake looks wonderful, especially with the cherry on top! :)

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scrambledhenfruit March 5, 2011 at 2:37 am

I follow your blog. :)

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scrambledhenfruit March 5, 2011 at 2:38 am

I “liked” you on facebook. :)

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scrambledhenfruit March 5, 2011 at 2:40 am

I “liked” A World of Cake on facebook. :)

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Tabitha March 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I follow you.

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Land March 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Love the idea of an international cake book!

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Tabitha March 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I love the idea of a cookbook with background and origins of the cakes. I do monthly cooking nights themed by country and sometimes regions of countries. This would be handy. If I don’t win, I’m going to see if our library has it or check my local bookstore.

Also, I made an attempt at a chocolate tres leches cake a few years ago that failed. It wouldn’t absorb the milks mixture. I was using an odd recipe but seeing someone else’s success makes me think I should try it again. Thanks for that encouragement.

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Sue March 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Your Tres Leches cake looks amazing, Lora! The book does too!

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Sue March 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I follow your blog, Lora, with GFC. :)

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kita March 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Ive never had a tres Leches cupcake or cake but omg, have to try. It looks so soft and moist.
Stinks that I missed the giveaway!! Oh well, I still had to tell you this looks great!

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Shirley March 8, 2011 at 5:11 am

They look so good! I’ve always wanted to try tres leches cake, but I get afraid it’ll disappear in 10 minutes like yours did, only I’ll do the damage alone! I’ve never seen it in cupcake form… too cute.

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