67. Tres Leches at Havana 1957

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Sara Tayte
Tres Leches at Havana 1957
67. Tres Leches at Havana 1957

The name tres leches, hails from its three starring components: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. And even though most would claim this spongy cake originates from Nicaragua, Cubans have adopted it into their hearts (and stomachs) for countless years.

Havana 1957 in Miami Beach (405 Española Way) has mastered this in ways that are simply not fair to the competition. Because the recipe is without butter, the cake itself is left with air bubbles inside. This is the reason the desert, despite being submerged inside three different types of milk, still has the texture of being light and airy. (See photo below of the inside filling.)

This rich yellow cake isn't just soaked in milk; Bacardi rum, cinnamon and vanilla are all thrown into the mix as well. This special after-dinner treat is offered in four pieces, topped with fluffy whipped cream, Italian meringue, and sliced strawberries. Pair it with it's perfect counterpart, a café cubano, for a grand total of $8.

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Location Info

Havana 1957

405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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