Tres Leches Coconut Cupcakes (courtesy of food network)
"Pastel de Tres Leches" or "Tres Leches Cake" is named for the three milks in the soaking liquid (Leche means milk in Spanish.) The three milks in the soaking sauce for Tres Leches are sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream or in this case the cream is switched out with coconut milk. This is extremely dense and moist, almost like a custard. Tres Leches is sweet and delicious, but it is nothing like a traditional dry cake that is light and fluffy. -about.com
|Sorry I spaced taking before pictures but I think you get the idea of what to do.|
|showing off my egg separating skills here.|
|add one yoke at a time|
In a small bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
|the shiny stuff is the egg whites by the way.|
While cupcakes are still warm, stir together the 3 milks I tossed in some cinnamon too. Since I didn't have a meat injector needle, I just used a wooden skewer and poked a bunch of holes in the top of each of the cupcakes. Be careful not to punch all the way through the liner. Pour the milk mixture over each cupcake while they are still warm, filling each hole. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight before icing.
|Here is my milk mixture.|
|This might look like a lot of milk but it really isn't. It soaks in pretty fast I ended up adding more milk to them before I left them in the fridge for the night.|
Stir the sugar,cornstarch, and salt together in a small, heavy saucepan. Whisk in the water first, then the dulce de leche and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Gradually whisk the dulce de leche mixture into the 2 egg yolks.
|My sugar, cornstarch, and salt|
|This is the dulce de leche mixture just added to the eggs|
Beat the butter on high speed in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the cooled dulce de leche mixture. Beat in the 1 cup powdered sugar until smooth and spreadable. Frost each cupcake with a generous amount of dulce de leche buttercream.
|I added a dash of cinnamon to finish off the cupcakes.|
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