15 July 2012

Tres Leche Cake - Birthday Post

Dear 30-year-old me,
In the afternoons that you think back about me (hopefully a girl less awkward than you are now), what will you recall? Will you remember the times you tried using "the force" and was caught focusing to move a piece of paper? Or will you recall the time when 5 horses had to wait whilst you negotiate with Ms Celestine to stop eating the grass?

You've been through a lot, Ms 30-year-old. Mostly, involving moments you wish you had wiser judgement, better yet, you wish you had MIB's neuralyzer. You also wish that your friends had informed you about laughing like a black boar gasping for air. Or pulling off a green afro or cat ears.
However, Ms 30-year-old, these awkward moments are moments you should cherish. They are the moments you are at ease, moments you let go of your guard and moments when you are truest to yourself. You share these moments with people who won't leave you despite your "reasonable" nature or your 3 layers of tummy fat.

Then, there are other moments. These are the moments you regret. They are moments when you lie to yourself (convincing yourself that 3 slices of cake is rational). Moments you sacrifice others for yourself. These are moments you should have to pay for but you were let off with kindness. These are the moments to guide you. 
Then, there are moments. Dear 30-year-old-me, do you remember? There was a bee and a bear. 
 
Make a birthday wish,
Jes

36 comments:

  1. Tres leche cake is absolutely divine and yours looks superb! Happy birthday!

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  2. Happy Birthday! It's probably a good thing to reflect from time to time on the things we've done that now make us cringe. Hopefully we'll (mostly) avoid doing the same things again. Anyway, very nice recipe. Love the bottom picture! Good post - thank you.

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    1. @ Amy: Thank you! :D

      @ Kitchen Riffs: Thank you!! I regret not taking more variations with the bottom picture. The sun was setting on me...

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  3. Happy Happy Birthday my friend :D
    I hope you enjoyed and indulged well in this beautiful birthday cake :)
    Great reflection and perfect time!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  4. happy birthday! that is one beautiful and delicious cake! awesome job!

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    1. @ Guru Uru: Thank you as always! Reflecting upon life is tough though :D I wouldn't do it too often.

      @ Jenn: Thank you!!!

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  5. happy birthday! your cake looks divine!

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  6. That is exactly what a tres leches cake should look like. Absolutely perfect. Very poetic letter to self. :)

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    1. @ Dina: Thank you!

      @ Kale: I thought about making it the usual way, But i wanted a taller cake for the occasion...

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  7. happy birthday Jesica!
    I'm happy I discovered your blog, you have so many delicious recipes shown in gorgeous photos.
    This cake looks so good. I had once a three leche cake but wasn't anywhere as beautiful as yours. Wish I had a slice right now!

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    1. @ Roxana: Thank you! This cake was surprising for everyone. Like always, before the cake was assembled, everyone had the will to ruin things for me. They picked at the poor cake and everyone squinted that things were too sweet. I decided to give it a chance and when it chilled up, the sweetness was absorbed, almost miraculously turning into pudding.

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  8. Happy Birthday! please share with me :)

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  9. Happy birthday to you! I have never had the Tres Leches cake, but it looks amazing.

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    1. @ love2dine: Thank you

      @ The Slow Roasted Italian: Thank you! It's my first time too!

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  10. That looks amazing! Will have to try! And Happy birthday :)

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  11. What a lovely cake! Happy Birthday! Thank you for passing by my blog today and leaving a comment. I'm happy to follow you through Google connect.

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    1. @ Awkward Kitchenette: Yep, have to try it :D

      @ Ana: Thank you! It's lovely for supper or your occasional it-is-3-am-and-i-am-hungry trip to the fridge.

      @ Ellen: Thank you!

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  12. Happy Belated Birthday! The cake looks divine!

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  13. Happy Birthday! (late) :) What a fun post. This cakes look so yummy!

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  14. Happy Birthday! I love how your cake looks...very moist and so tasty...I had not had this cake for a long time :(
    Hope you are enjoying your week Jesica :)

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    1. @ Ameena: Thank you!

      @ Sprinkled with Flour: Thank you!! (late) ;p

      @ Juliana: Thank you! This is my first time but knowing how easy it is done, don't think i'll miss it for long :D

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  15. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jes!! The cake looks simply divine. Light and fluffy..May your wishes come true ;). xoxo

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    1. @ Jo: Thank you, dear! My wishes.... Hmmmm

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  16. happy birthday :-) and all the little things we do make us who we are wonderful cake and looking at your blog your a fab baker, thanks so much for visiting my blog

    rebecca

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  17. Happy Birthday Jesica! This tres leche cake is just divine and I LOVE that you layered it instead of just serving it as a one layer cake. The cocoa on the top is such a great modern twist touch :)

    chow :) Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    1. @ Rebecca:Thank you! Indeed, those are words we learn throughout our lives.

      @ Devaki: Thank you! I needed my birthday cake to be taller, you know?! ;)

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  18. Jes, you have a wonderful blog and this is a sweet post. Happy birthday girl! Enjoy this awesome cake and also your 30´s, they rock!

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  19. Looks wonderful. I absolutely LOVE Tres Leches cake, but very few places actually get this recipe right. I haven't yet tried making it at home, this looks like a sure winner. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 30s is when everything in life starts to make sense, I'm not that much older, but you gain a LOT of clarity. :)

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    1. @ Paula: Thank you!!

      @ Honey: I hope so too when it comes :D

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  20. Happy 30th Birthday! So far, my 30s have been the best three years of my life...I hope the same is happening for you! Great cake to make for yourself on your birthday, its lovely!

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  21. Happy Birthday! what a fun post!!!

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  22. The cake looks absolutely divine! Hope you had a great day!

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  23. belated happy birthday!

    at first this cake looked like tiramisu, but i realized it is indeed tres leches cake. Either way IT LOOKS DELICIOUS!

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  24. belated happy birthday!

    at first i thought it was tiramisu then i realized that it is indeed tres leches cake. either way, THIS CAKE LOOKS DELICIOUS!

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  25. Birthday cake is a part of the birthday celebrations. Many thanks for your post.I am very interested by reading this..
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