Where Can I Find a Whole Tres Leches Cake?
Preferably, a small one. I know places that sell by the piece or offer huge sheet cakes, but not one suitable, for say, 4-8 people. Any ideas in Manhattan
Try the bakeries around E. 116th St. You can probably order one.
Mexico Lindo Bakery 2267 2nd Ave (116th St)(212) 831-2976
Valencia Bakery 1869 Lexington Ave (115th St)(212) 991-6400
La Nueva Bakery 2129 3rd Ave (116th St) (212) 876-2990
Capri Bakery 186 E. 116th St (212) 410-1876
I love the cake at Cubana Cafe on Thompson. I would give them a call to see if the size is appropriate. A large piece is only $4 off the menu.
110 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
Apologies in advance for this answer but ask at the Bowery / Houston Whole Foods - I've seen it in the dessert 'buffet' section and in the desserts to-go section.
I am in a state of shock that the supposedly sophisticated Chow Hounds do not know that Tres Leches is a Honduran dessert. My people, Cubans have modified Tres Leches with Cuatro Leches which adds a Dulce De Leche topping instead of the Merengue which normally comes with it. This dessert is Honduran and so the best place to find it is to go to a Honduran restaurant and ask them to make it for you.
Interesting, I always thought tres leches hailed from Nicaragua, but many food historians state that the source of this cake is disputable. There are a few varieties that I know of, Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, and many Latin American countries have a favorite version. The cake most likely has its roots in Europe and has been adapted by local cuisines.
As for procuring the cake, I'd definitely head uptown to 116th Street.