I had the pleasure of making this cake with two other bloggers Kimberly from the little plantation and silvia from salvia+limone, I travelled up to London and stayed over night in Kimberly’s beautiful house, I felt like a guest of honour and she cooked me a wonderful dinner and she had prepared an amazing salad and soup for us to eat on the Friday, silvia joined us in the morning and we set out to make an ombre matcha tres leches cake. both silvia and Kimberly eat a mainly plant based diet so we made this cake vegan, so I took a back seat on the recipe a little as I am quite new to the vegan baking scene. it was so much fun to spend the afternoon baking and styling with two like minded talented ladies. I feel like I learnt a lot from it. excuse the heavy photo post and scroll right down if you just want the recipe.
for one of the milks (leches) we made a pistachio milk, we used it as the liquid in the cake, and I then used it to make a condensed milk with some ling heather honey from the London honey company. it was sooo good and the honey was one of the most flavoursome and fragrant I have ever tried.
in case you have not heard of a tres leches cake it is a three milks cake that is typical in south America. it is usually made with dairy milks but we swopped them for vegan alternatives.
1 cup of pistachios soaked overnight in water
next morning, add
- 3 cups of water
- 1 date, pit removed
- tiny pinch of salt
high speed blender
strain through cheese cloth
takes 5 minutes
4 spring forms 16cm wide
- 150 coconut butter, melted
- 320g coconut sugar
- 3 tablespoons of flax seeds+ 9tbs water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 + 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 + 1/4 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- a good pinch of salt
- 200g white flour
- 50g spelt flour
- 190ml of pistachio milk
- plus 6 teaspoons of matcha and additional milk if required
add the flax seeds and 9 tbsp. of the milk together then add the pistachio milk, coconut oil together then mix with the dry ingredients (flours, coconut sugar, salt, baking powder)
divide evenly into four bowls to add the matcha to create ombre layers
- 1 layer has 1 tsp of matcha+ 1tbs milk
- 1 layer with 2 tsp matcha + 2 tbs milk
- 1 with 3 tablespoon +3 tbs milk
- 1 with nothing+ 1tbs
if too thick than add another tablespoon of milk per layer
bake in a preheated oven for 20 – 25 min at 180C fan
- 1/3 cup and 1 tbs of pistachio milk + 1/3 almond milk
- 1/3 cup of honey
over a medium heat, reduce the milk and honey in a pan, keep stiring for about 10 minutes. then Let cool
- frosting 900g of coconut yoghurt coyo (the small tubs where quite solid which was great for frosting)
- 2 tbsp honey
takes 5 min to make, mix the honey with the coyo yogurt, Set aside for 10-15 min then poke holes in the cake layers and pour on some of the condensed milk and let it soak in then frost the cake using a spatula and spread it on to each layer and then cover the sides of the cake
to see Kimberlys post go here
to see silvias post go here
Amanda | What's Cooking says
This is amazing and so beautiful. Tres leches has always been one of my favorite cakes. I spent a lot of time in Mexico last year and ate a lot of it. What a brilliant replacement of the milks. And the addition of matcha adds such a lovely element. I would love to try this beautiful version!
Aimee @ twiggstudios says
Thankyou Amanda xx
I love how we all saw something slightly different. For example, it wouldn’t even have occured to me to take a picture of the flowers. Yet, as I see that shot here, I wish it had 🙂
So, so grateful STILL that you came all the way up to share this experience with me.
Thank you so much Aimee, I felt I learned so much too, your eye is impeccable! I love my hands on the cake with my children tattoo so exposed!
Can’t wait to meet up again.
A big hug xxx Silvia
Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table says
Oh my god this cake. You ladies completely knocked it out of the park… I am shocked and awed, and simply must make this now… except I’d make my cake gluten-free 😉
Thankyou I’m so glad you like it xx
What a gorgeous cake!
LOVE it !!! ♡♡♡