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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Streetsboro, Ohio, USA
Living In: Ravenna, Ohio, USA
Mother Ann is looking for: (2 recommendations)
This morning I made not one, but two tres leches cakes for my friend's birthday! Thanks for all the suggestions last week, I went with the one inside.....

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Last updated: Feb. 17, 2013 5:49 am
Posted: Feb. 16, 2013 10:49 am
Commented by: Mother Ann
Feb. 16, 2013 10:51 am This one. It was a little work, especially making two of them, but they look fabulous and I can't wait for tomorrow to taste them! I wanted authentic since they are Mexican and it's her favorite cake - I hope this is it!
Mother Ann
Feb. 16, 2013 10:52 am
I had to use regular vanilla, but I intend to get some Mexican vanilla as her husband told me last night that it is way better than regular.
Feb. 16, 2013 11:36 am
Mother Ann,congrats.I'm sure they will be great.Wish your friend a very happy birthday,and don't forget to tell her she has a good friend in you,making not 1 but 2 cakes.Nice.
Mother Ann
Feb. 16, 2013 11:38 am
Thanks, Manella! As I got ready to make the cake, I realized there would be at least 10 of us, possibly 11. One cake was not going to be enough! Plus I want her to be able to take some home with her, too.
Commented by: Sweettreats
Feb. 17, 2013 12:23 am
Mexican vanilla is actually an imitation vanilla. There was also an article last year telling people that Mexican vanilla contained an ingredient that isn't good for you. I stopped using it after reading the article. Now only use pure vanilla for my baking.
Mother Ann
Feb. 17, 2013 5:38 am
SweetTreats, I'll have to look into that. I only ever use pure vanilla now and I'd hate to change over to something that isn't pure!
Mother Ann
Feb. 17, 2013 5:49 am
OK, I did a quick little search and see that yes, there is imitation Mexican vanilla, just like imitation regular vanilla and it may contain coumarin, which some studies have shown to cause liver/kidney damage. There is Pure Mexican Vanilla and it would be safe. Also very expensive. One just has to be sure that they are buying PURE Mexican vanilla.
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