Strawberry Tres Leches Cupcakes bring together strawberries and cream with a Latin American twist. Tres leches makes the cake extra moist...
In my opinion, it’s pretty freakin’ impossible to beat the combination of fruit and cream, and specifically strawberries paired with cream is one of my favorite combos. I think a lot of you can agree… it’s a total classic!
Well, the idea of a strawberries and cream cupcake got stuck in my head, but a quick internet search reveled that my idea was nothing close to innovative. I got to thinking about how to add a twist when tres leches popped into my crazy brain - that includes cream, and is a lot more unique!
If you aren’t familiar with tres leches cake, it is a very popular Latin American dessert that means “three milks” cake. You pour the three-milk mixture over a porous cake and allow it to sink in - it’s heavenly.
These smashing strawberry tres leches cupcakes actually turned out beyond fantastic. The “smashing” not only accounts for their smashed strawberry component, but it is a testament to their alluring nature. They kinda taste like a super moist strawberry shortcake, which is never a bad thing.
They’re a bit sticky, and maybe a tad on the messy side, but all the best things are, right?
The insides soak up the tres leches mixture, producing a near pudding-like consistency, but the outsides keep a light texture similar to an angel food cake (due to all the whipped egg whites!).
If you want to make these ahead of time, you can store the strawberry smash in a sealed container in the fridge (for up to 2-3 days), and the cupcakes (infused with the tres leches mixture) on a tray in the fridge for 24 hours.
I used fresh strawberries here, but frozen should work just fine, as well. I also used canned whipped cream, mostly for ease of use, but you can totally make your own if you feel a bit more energetic. I would also recommend making your own if you want the finished cupcakes to hold up for a slightly longer period of time, as the processed stuff in the can tends to kinda melt pretty quickly.
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