Strawberry Tres Leches Cake

This is my Summer version of tres leches cake. I added strawberry puree to my 3 leches mixture. Each bite has a bit of the sponge cake soaked with this homemade strawberry milk topped with a light whipped cream frosting. Serve it cold and enjoy! 

Let’s start with the recipe and if you want to watch how I made this cake, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

I’ve been trying to come up with quick and no bake desserts for the last 2 weeks. It has been hot and the last thing I want to do is turn my oven on. Even though we have A/C in the house I just don’t want to have something hot going on in my kitchen. We have been grilling lately so I don’t have to cook much (well, hubby is preparing the meat on the grill when I am doing sides). Anyway it has been working out well for us and my oven has been off for a few days.

Today, I’m hosting a new collab on Instagram and our theme is No-bake Desserts. Perfect timing because I wanted to post this recipe for a long time. This Strawberry Icebox Cake (Carlota de fresas) is my twist for the key lime one that I already have posted here on my blog.

I’m using Maria cookies but if you want to use any other cookies like graham crackers you can welcome to do so. The strawberry filling is made with fresh strawberries, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, unflavored gelatin and a touch of lemon juice. Serve it super cold and it’s perfect for Summertime.

Don’t forget to watch my stories on Instagram because I just posted how to make this dessert, click here . Also, if you make this, tag me so I know you made it!

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Chocolate Cherry Banana Muffins

When I go grocery shopping I always get bananas. I use them for smoothies or like a snack. Sometimes I forget to use them and they turn really black and today was one of those days… I had 3 super ripe bananas so I decided to make my Summer version of banana muffins. Cherries, chocolate and banana are so good together. This recipe is super easy so you should try to make these at home.

Let’s start baking and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram so you can watch how I made these muffins @pastry_tales

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Strawberry Poke Cake

Last day of June! Where did the month go? I know I haven’t been posting much lately but it has been so hot in California that I did not feel like baking so much. Also, we are getting things ready at home because my brother and his family will come to visit and stay for almost a month so I’m pretty excited about that, I haven’t seen them since covid started.

This is a very easy recipe that you can make at home and perfect for Summer. A poke cake is a type of cake that has holes poked in it after baking. Then, a liquid is poured over the baked cake to soak into the holes. Usually people buy a cake mix to make this kind of cake but I don’t like cake mixes at all so I’m teaching you how to make the perfect vanilla sponge cake that will be soaking strawberry jello. The frosting is a light whipped cream and decorated with fresh strawberries.

Let’s start with the recipe and if you want to watch how I made this cake, don’t forget to visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Pinwheel Alfajores

Happy Friday! First of all, I would like to say thank you to everyone who voted for me during the last couple of weeks. A special thank you to everyone who voted everyday and to the ones who bought hero votes. Sadly, I did not pass to the next round because I ended up third and I had to be first of my group. I am still very thankful to see how many people voted for me! Maybe, I will try again next year.

Now, let’s talk about this recipe. As you might know, I am a BIG FAN of alfajores. Alfajores are very popular cookies in South America and each country has their own version. They are filled with dulce de leche which is a milk-based caramel. You can buy dulce de leche at the store or you can make your own. This time I could not find dulce de leche cans at my grocery store so I got a can of sweetened condensed milk and cook it in my instant pot. It took 40 minutes to cook and voila! I had dulce de leche. Also, you can find this milk-based caramel under different names like manjar, manjar blanco, cajeta or arequipe.

This recipe is my collaboration for the collab I’m hosting on Instagram #dulcedelechecollabfriends so I wanted to give my alfajores a twist from the regular ones. I decided to make 2 cookie doughs and make a pinwheel effect. The result of this experiment is delicious! Just ask my husband, he can eat like 5 of these with coffee.

Check out my video of how I made these alfajores on my Instagram @pastry_tales

Let’s start with the recipe!!

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Nutella Banana Bread

I love making quick breads and this one is to die for! The combination of banana and Nutella is the best! Also, I’m using brown butter for this recipe which gives a nice extra kick of flavor to this bread. This is perfect for your morning coffee or just like a snack. Easy to make and you don’t need a lot of ingredients.

Also, I want to let you know that I made it to the next round for the #greatestbaker competition. Right now I am in third place but I have to be #1 of my group for next Thursday. You can vote for me daily (free vote) or you can donate money to No Kid Hungry and make a hero vote for me which will get me gain more votes. Here is the link to vote: Sandra Widick | Greatest Baker

If you want to watch how I made this recipe, don’t forget to visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Dulce De Leche Ice Cream

June is here and Summer is just around the corner. We all love ice cream and one flavor that you should try is Dulce De Leche. If you have visited my blog before, you know that I enjoy using this milk-based caramel for different treats and today I’m incorporating my dulce de leche into my ice cream cream custard.

To prepare your homemade dulce de leche you just need a can of sweetened condensed milk, the oven method is super easy to follow.

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Since I moved to California I enjoy visiting latin/hispanic mini markets. There is one kinda close to where I live and they have a small “panaderia” section where they sell fresh bread everyday. I love sweets so I discovered these beautiful sweet breads called “conchas”. They are soft, have a nice vanilla flavour and they are topped with a crunchy and crumbly topping which can be chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, etc.

This sweet bread goes perfect with a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

Let’s start with the recipe!

Don’t forget to keep voting for me everyday for #thegreatestbaker competition Sandra Widick | Greatest Baker

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S’mores Cake

Hello friends! I am back with a new recipe that is perfect for Summer (or anytime). This cake does not have flour, just graham crackers! Yes, you can make a cake without flour!

Graham cracker cake, homemade marshmallow filling and milk chocolate frosting.

Let’s start with the recipe and don’t forget to keep voting for me for #thegreatestbaker. You can vote DAILY for free or make a donation to No Kid Hungry and I get a HERO VOTE! Here is the link, you have to have a Facebook account to be able to vote: Sandra Widick | Greatest Baker

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Baking Competition

Hi guys! I was invited to participate in this baking competition hosted by Bake From Scratch Magazine. I am not really a person who participates in baking competitions but this time I thought why not?

If you like my blog or my Instagram page or my recipes, go to this link and give me your vote. Right now I’m in third place so hopefully I make it to the second round. You can vote once a day for free. There is the option of HERO VOTE but you have to pay for that so don’t worry about that part. Use your free vote! You have to login with Facebook.

Here is the Link:

Sandra Widick | Greatest Baker

I’ll be back with a new recipe super soon!