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Where Can I Find a Whole Tres Leches Cake?

Dave Feldman Nov 28, 2010 07:19 PM

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

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    gutsofsteel RE: Dave Feldman Nov 28, 2010 07:26 PM

    Try the bakeries around E. 116th St. You can probably order one.

    For example:

    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

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      DrBey2003 RE: gutsofsteel Nov 30, 2010 04:26 AM

      Valencia def carries them in any size you want. I've gotten them at the valencia at lex and 105 st. it's pretty good. However you must order it in advance; tres leches is not readily available at the store like some of their other cakes.

    2. rifkind81 RE: Dave Feldman Nov 29, 2010 05:41 AM

      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.

      Cubana Cafe
      110 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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        geeksaregoodfun RE: Dave Feldman Nov 30, 2010 09:05 AM

        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.

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          Dave Feldman RE: Dave Feldman Nov 30, 2010 11:28 PM

          Thanks for all your ideas. Wish I had a car!

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            ElTigre RE: Dave Feldman Dec 1, 2010 11:01 AM

            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.

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              bushwickgirl RE: ElTigre Jul 12, 2011 05:44 PM

              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.

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              xrodr RE: Dave Feldman Apr 28, 2014 01:47 PM

              Hi! I'm actually looking for those huge sheet cakes - mind sharing where you'd get one?

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