The One with the Tres Leches Cake

The Jeanie Jo & Joanna Project 🌻 Recipe 89 of 312. Cooking through Magnolia Table Cookbook Vol 1 & 2.

Requested for this years birthday! We give it a five 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

We served this up with high winds at a park with no real shelter on my daughters birthday. She was insistent on having this party, at this park, on this day… and she’s a teenager now so how do you argue with that?

Does it look pretty, no! But it tastes amazing.

Party guest #1 (aka former student): Is this store bought or home made?
Me: homemade.
Party guest #1: box or scratch
Me: scratch.
Party guest #1: oh, wow this is really really good!

I really had to let go of perfection this afternoon but my daughter is happy and that’s all that matters in the world right now.

Print Recipe

Tres Leches Cake Recipe – Magnolia

Course: Desserts
Serves: 13

What You Will Need

  • Butter for the pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk at room temperature
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus more for sprinkling
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • Sliced fresh strawberries whipped cream (see recipe here), and mint leaves, for serving (optional)

What You Will Need to Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy and the color is lightened, 6 to 7 minutes. Slowly add 2 teaspoons of the vanilla and mix until just combined.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, add half of the flour mixture, then the milk, finishing with the remaining flour mixture, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 23 to 28 minutes. Let the cake cool completely, approximately 1 hour.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, whisk together the cream, evaporated milk, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until completely combined and smooth. Set aside for 5 to 8 minutes to let the flavors meld.
  7. Whisk the sweetened condensed milk and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla into the cream mixture.
  8. Using a fork, poke holes in the top of the cooled cake. Pour the cream mixture over the cake. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  9. Slice and sprinkle each serving with cinnamon. Serve with sliced strawberries, whipped cream, and fresh mint leaves, if desired.
  10. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

a latte of giggles & sparkles until next time,

The One with a Year in Reading: Skills & Strategies Assessments

Quarter 1 (Story 1-5)

  • Character, Setting, Plot: Sequence (Story 2)
  • Greek and Latin Prefixes/Roots (Story 3, Story 5)
  • Context Clues: Paragraph Clues (Story 2)
  • Character, Setting, Plot: Compare and Contrast (Story 1)
  • Main Idea and Key Details (Story 3, Story 4)
  • Metaphors and Similes (Story 4)


  • Highlight
  • Name It, Verb It, Big Picture (Story 3, Story 4)
  • Jot Dots (Story 3, Story 4)
  • Jot Dots to Sentences
  • Topic Sentence
  • Summary Paragraph

Quarter 2 (Story 6-10)

  • Personification (Story 9)
  • Greek and Latin Prefixes/Roots (Story 6, Story 7)
  • Text Structure: Compare and Contrast (Story 7)
  • Text Structure: Problem and Solution (Story 6)
  • Point of View (Story 8)

Semester One (Story 1-10)

  • Theme (Story 9)
  • Characters, Setting, Plot: Sequence (Story 2)
  • Personification (Story 9)
  • Characters, Setting, Plot: Compare and Contrast (Story 1)
  • Author’s Point of View (Story 5)
  • Main Idea and Key Details (Story 3, Story 4)
  • Context Clues: Paragraph Clues (Story 2)
  • Text Structure: Cause and Effect (Story 10)
  • Text Features: Headings (Expository, Story 7)
  • Greek and Latin Prefixes/ Roots (Story 3, Story 5, Story 6, Story 7)
  • Metaphors and Similes (Story 4)
  • Connotation and Denotation (Story 8)
  • Point of View (Story 8)

Quarter 3 (Story 11-16)

  • Text Features: Stage Directions and Scenes (Story 13)
  • Idioms (Story 12, Story 15)
  • Theme (Story 13, Story 14)
  • Author’s Point of View (Story 11, Story 12)
  • Context Clues: Paragraph Clues (Story 11)
  • Homographs (Story 14)

Quarter 4 (Story 17-21)

  • Adages (Story 18)
  • Hyperbole (Story 21)
  • Context Clues: Comparisons (Story 19)
  • Latin & Greek Roots (Story 17, Story 20)
  • Text Structure: Sequence (Story 20)
  • Text Structure: Cause and Effect (Story 18)
  • Main Idea & Key Details (Story 17)
  • Theme (Story 21)

Semester Two (Story 11-21)

  • Point of View (Story 15)
  • Character, Setting, Plot: Compare and Contrast (Story 1)
  • Context Clues: Paragraph Clues (Story 11)
  • Theme (Story 13, Story 14, Story 21)
  • Main Idea and Key Details (Story 17, Story 19)
  • Text Structure: Compare and Contrast (Story 7)
  • Author’s Point of View (Story 11)
  • Idioms (Story 12)
  • Context Clues: Comparisons (Story 19)
  • Character, Setting, Plot: Cause and Effect (Story 16)
  • Character, Setting, Plot: Sequence (Story 2)

The One With My Summer Reading List

As I am stuck with Wonders for the next school year, I have decided to incorporate the full size books from the snack size passages inside our Literature Anthology into my to be read over the summer.

  • Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
  • Journey into the Deep by Rebecca L. Johnson
  • Into the Volcano by Donna O’Meara
  • The Technology of Mesopotamia by Graham Faiella
  • Who Created Democracy by Connie Nordhielm Woolridge
  • Roman Diary by Richard Platt
  • Majestic by Jack huber
  • Maestro by Pat Mora
  • Years of Dust by Albert Marrin
  • Seeing Things His Own Way by Marty Kaminsky
  • The Case of the Magic Marker Mischief Maker: A Mickey Rangel Mystery by Rene Saldana
  • Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
  • The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky
  • The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
  • Extreme Scientists by Donna M jackson
  • To You by Langston Hughes
  • Drumbeat by Carol Snow

In addition, I will be reading our whole class novels for the upcoming school year: Who’s That Stepping on Plymouth Rock? by Jean Fritz, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Abridged) as well as those from the Reese’s Book Club & Reese YA Book Club

Until next time,

The One With Reese’s Book Club YA Picks

Reese Witherspoon began her YA Book Club in August of 2020. Here is a growing list of YA picks to add to your to be read (TBR) pile


August ⚫ You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
September ⚫ Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez
October ⚫ Fable by Adrienne Young
November ⚫ A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
December ⚫ The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron


Winter ⚫ You Have A Match by Emma Lord
Spring ⚫ Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Summer ⚫ Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Late Summer ⚫ The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Fall ⚫ Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood


Winter ⚫ Anatomy by Dana Schwartz
Spring Announcing Soon!

The One With Reese’s Book Club Picks

Reese Witherspoon began her book club in June of 2017. Here is a growing list of picks to add to your to be read (TBR) pile.


June ⚫ Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
July ⚫ The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
August ⚫ The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
September ⚫ Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
October ⚫ The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
November ⚫ This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
December ⚫ The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine


January ⚫ Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
February ⚫ The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
March ⚫ Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kour Jaswai
April ⚫ Happiness by Heather Harpham
May ⚫ You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
June ⚫ Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
July ⚫ Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleetan
August ⚫ Still Lives by Maria Hummel
September ⚫ Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
October ⚫ This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel
November ⚫ The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
December ⚫ One Day in December by Josie Silver


January ⚫ The Library Book by Susan Orlean
February ⚫ The Proposal by jasmine Guillory
March ⚫ Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
April. ⚫ The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
May ⚫ From Scratch by Tembi Locke
June ⚫ The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
July ⚫ Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
August ⚫ The Last House Guest by Megan Mranda
September ⚫ The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
October ⚫ Fair Play by Eve Rodsky
November ⚫ The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
December ⚫ Conviction by Denise Mina


January ⚫ Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
February ⚫ The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
March ⚫ The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
April. ⚫ Untamed by Glennon Doyle
May ⚫ The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
June ⚫ The Guest List by Lucy Foley
July ⚫ A World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
August ⚫ Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
September ⚫ The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
October ⚫ His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie
November ⚫ Group by Christine Tate
December ⚫ The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia


January ⚫ Outlawed by Anna North
February ⚫ The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
March ⚫ Infinite Country” by Patricia Engel
April. ⚫ Northern Spy by Flynn Berry
May ⚫ The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
June ⚫ Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
July ⚫ The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
August ⚫ We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
September ⚫ L.A. Weather: A Novel by María Amparo Escandón
October ⚫ Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo
November ⚫ The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
December ⚫ Lucky by Marissa Stapley


January ⚫ Honor by Thrity Umrigar
February ⚫ The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont
March ⚫ The Club by Ellery Lloyd
April ⚫ TrueBiz by Sara Nović