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Jul 25, 2007 02:38 AM

Three Tres Leches Cakes

I had cake and ate it, too.— a totally subjective tasting with gleanings from the SF threads.

Photo clockwise from back:
-Karina's in Petaluma
small 8" round $9 - dry, yellow cake with shortening-based frosting, not tasty. We mashed it in a bowl of cold milk to finish it.
-Sweetheart on 24th Street btw Harrison & Alabama (pandan green)
1/4 sheet cake $40 - spongy and light - but, very dry. I did not like this one; no second bite.
-Lelenita's - 3743 Mission Street 1/2 sheet cake serves 30 - $70 - I like the heavy texture of this cake layered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream; like Goldilocks - I ate it all.

Other Tastes:
Jocelyn Bakery at the corner of 20th Street and Lexington. $1.25 for a slice of good, plain, simple cake. no frosting. I would buy this one for a snack cake to eat walking down the street. not a party cake. I liked this best with a cup of coffee, sitting in the late afternoon sun.

Tastes too sweet for me: I would not purchase any of these...
Safeway (at the Marina) - milk-soaked sweetness (DH's fave - doh)
Delessio at Market/ Gough - individual serving pre-cut - looks pretty with the meringue, this was direct from the freezer at store's opening hour... thawed by the time it was tasted
Delessio at Oak/Broderick - self-serve scoops from 9 x 13- inch cake pan - not a pretty sight at the end of the afternoon
Sweet Things Bakery (Cal-Mart at Laurel Village)
$3.75 for coconut tres leches - tiny serving, too sweet, artificial-flavored coconut - this borders on terrible.

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  1. If it's dry, it's not really a Tres Leches cake. False advertising.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Last night I had the Tres Leches at Lo Cubano In Laurel Village and it was moist but, yes, very sweet. They said they get it from Sweet Things in Cal-Mart down the block.

    2. The Tres Leche cake we had in Salinas on the taco crawl was the best...swimming happily in milk...!!!

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      1. re: ChowFun_derek

        only $1.50 for a generous slice of good tres leches cake at Panaderia Guadalajara - 699 E Market St, Salinas, CA 93905.
        I also like the tres leches cake at the in-house bakery at Las Montanas Market.
        (925) 687-7417 - 1725 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA

        1. re: Cynsa

          Great report.

          I too have a high tolerance for Safeway's tres leche. If DH likes that, if you are ever in Berkeley, try the slice at Casa Latino. It is the same idea but they use natural ingrediants. There is a cleaner, less sweet taste and it has a little pool of milk at the bottom. Not a celebration cake, but nice for lunch.