Cafe con Leche Tres Leches Cake


This cake is a crowd pleaser.  I have made it more times than I can count for family  gatherings and every time; it never fails that I get several requests for the recipe.  The cake is moist, soaked in a silky and rich milk mixture.  This cake is great when made ahead (such as the night before), to allow the soaking liquid to set into the cake.  Tres Leches cake is best served chilled.

For the cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup whole milk
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract

For the soaking liquid
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 12-oz. can evaporated milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
pinch kosher salt

For the topping
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tbs. confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vamilla extract
1 tsp. instant coffee
2 tbs. heavy cream

Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13-inch baking dish.  Line the bottom of the baking dish with parchment and lightly butter or spray with non-stick spray the parchment.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
Separate the eggs, putting the whites in a medium bowl and the yolks in a large bowl.  With an electric mixer, beat the yolks with 3/4 cup of the sugar on medium speed until the mixture is pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.  Add the milk and vanilla and beat until combined, 1 minute more.

Clean and dry the beaters and then beat the egg whites, gradually increasing the speed to high, until they reach soft peaks, 2 to 3 minutes.  Add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a stream, continuing to beat on high, until you reach firm but not dry peaks, 1 to 2 minutes more.

Whisk a third of the dry ingredients into the yolk mixture until thoroughly combined.  Gently fold in a third of the egg whites with a rubber spatula.  Fold in the remaining dry ingredients and egg whites, alternately, in two more batches each, until fully incorporated.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.  Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto the rack, remove the parchment, and let cool completely.  Return the cake to the baking dish or invert it onto a rimmed platter.

Soak the cake
In a saucepan, stir together the 1/2 cup strong brewed, condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, and salt until the condensed milk is well blended.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring to avoid scorching, until it begins to bubble around the edges, 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and pour into a heatproof 4-cup measuring cup.

With a toothpick, prick the cake to the bottom in 1/2-inch intervals.  Pour the soaking liquid slowly over the cake, starting at the edges and pausing to let it soak in before adding more.  Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the cake is well chilled, at least 2 hours.

Top the cake
In a small bowl, dissolve the instant coffee with 2 tbs. heavy cream and set aside.  In a large bowl, beat the 2 1/2 cups heavy cream with an electric mixer on medium speed.  When it begins to thicken, slowly add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat just until it holds firm peaks, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Spread the whipped cream all over the top of the cake and serve.

Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking magazine, recipe by Fany Gerson.

Dreamy Studio

I’m a huge fan of Create the Cut.  They are a husband and wife duo from the UK creating the dreamiest flower clip art.  I have been a long time follower on Instagram but recently went on their website and discovered their newly done studio!  Check it out below…After Our-Home-StudioFor details on how it all came together, see here.

This is a small sampling of the work they do, so inspirational and beautiful…


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Rug in the Living Room

So, I recently posted about the biggest design mistakes I have made, specifically the living room rug.  I regret purchasing the white shag rug even though deep down inside I knew it wouldn’t last long.  Dana from House Tweaking recently blogged about her white shag rug and how she ruined it.  When I read her post I no longer felt as guilty about my dirty and dingy rug.  However, I am glad I didn’t try to salvage it by attempting to clean it.  That sounded like an awful lot of work.

We’ve been without a living room rug for about 6 months now, and while it’s nice cleaning wise; just have to give the living room floor a quick sweep, I miss the coziness of a rug in that room.  Also, Vivian needs something softer to play and roll around in.   With that said, I’m in the market for a new rug.  Requirements are: 1. family friendly and 2. budget friendly.


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Reupholstered Dining Chairs

The dining chairs are looking better these days.  I’m very happy with the way they turned out.  The upholsterer did an amazing job and had a quick turn around time as well.  Initially, I was worried the fabric I chose was too dull but now I think it was the perfect choice.  The navy blue adds some much needed color to the eat-in kitchen.  The best part is that the new fabric will hide stains and inevitable food spills a lot more than the previous off-white seats ever did.  Guests can now eat in the kitchen without me feeling embarrassed about the dirty and dingy dining chairs.   Now if I can only decide on artwork for the Ikea frames.ReupholsteredChairsB&AReupholsteredChairs

Links to Love

Weekends always come and go so quickly, even more so when you’re busy going here and there.  I met up with the girls Friday night for some drinks; Saturday put away some of Vivian’s baby equipment (baby swing and walker).  This makes me sad because I think about how quickly she is growing up.  Although, I’m loving the current phase she’s in; she’s starting to say more words, and learning new things (she’s learning the body parts now..eyes, nose, mouth).  It’s literally the best feeling in the world to experience and explore the world through the eyes of your child.  Talk about living.  Here’s to enjoying the little joys in life.  Have a good rest of the week.

New Look, Same Chairs

Our dining chairs were overdue for getting reupholstered.  The seat cushions had become dingy, dirty and were now covered in stains.  A trifecta of  embarrassment when company came over.  I shopped around for a local upholsterer who was reasonable in price and does good work.  I ended up going with this local guy, who happens to be very close to my house.  I dropped off the chairs on a Wednesday and they were ready by Friday.

I knew I wanted the new fabric to be darker in color to mask dirt and future stains.  Navy blue is one of my favorite colors, and it looks sooo good paired with the wood tone of the chairs.  You all know I’m a huge Emily Henderson fan, and navy blue; I think we can safely say, is her trademark color.  Her house was recently featured in Good Housekeeping, and when I saw the dining chairs I knew navy blue would be the perfect color fabric for our dining chairs.  I searched for fabrics at my local JoAnn fabric store but found nothing and what I did like was Robert Allen and out of my price range.  I ended up Googling “fabric stores in Chicago” and found this huge fabric warehouse in the Pilsen neighborhood.  This place is a hidden gem!  They have pretty much anything you can think of from tassels, to rhinestone trim, to pink and purple silk taffeta.  I left happy and with two yards of fabric.

These are the chairs prior to getting a little “facelift.”  This picture was taken soon after I purchased the dining set at an estate sale, which is why the seats are still pristine.  I’ll share the “after” pics soon.

But first, some inspiration images…
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Bathroom Faucets

With the bathroom renovation in the works (demo has yet to start, but you know..) I have rounded up some of my fave bathroom faucets I have come across while doing research for the design of the bathroom.  I initially thought of doing gold or copper fixtures, but ultimately our budget did not allow for this.  A hand held shower head trumps the finish option and this option is typically more expensive than the traditional fixed shower head.  We have a hand held shower now and love the convenience of it when it comes time to clean the bathroom.


  1. Ashlyn by Delta – Transitional looking faucet that is versatile and can go with pretty much anything.  Really like the clean lines of this.
  2. Claremont by Kingston Brass – A modern mini widespread option, easier to clean than the traditional 4″ centerset mounted on the panel.
  3. Concord by Elements of Design – Another mini widespread faucet, reminiscent of the popular Kohler Purist.
  4. Heritage by Elements of Design – This style is more in line with the age of our house, I think it complements the charm and character factor.
  5. Dryden by Delta – A beautiful transitional option, with clean lines yet some curve appeal as well.
  6. Restoration by Kingston Brass -Really liking the cross handles and the white porcelain “H” and “C” for hot and cold.