Desserts in Jars Cookbook Giveaway {Recipe: Tres Leches Cakes} – CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Lindsey from Growing Kids Ministry for winning!

I used to stand by the glass counter, staring longingly into the dessert case, hoping my parents would budge and buy me one of the little “parfait buckets”. Banana Cream pie, strawberry shortcake, triple chocolate brownie… all made even more appealing by their presentation in a clear, little container.

My Grandpa was my only ticket to ever getting these desserts… I knew every time we’d head to lunch together, a single serving dessert of my choice would be in my future. Sitting in the local KFC, eating little parfait buckets together, is still one of my favorite memories of time spent with my Grandpa.

My good friend Shaina reacquainted me with these memories of my Grandpa the second she started working on her Desserts in Jars cookbook. The appeal of pies, puddings, cakes and more in little single serving dessert jars was one I could totally relate to. There’s just something about eating your dessert in your very own special jar that makes it all the more decadent.

Shaina has sweetly offered to give one lucky Dine & Dish reader a copy of her cookbook Desserts in Jars, 50 Sweet Treats That Shine (Harvard Common Press). You’ll fall in love with Shaina’s writing, recipes and photography the second you flip open the very first page.

Giveaway Details for Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite single serving dessert is.

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Tres Leches Cakes in a Jar
Adapted to use what I had on had --> from Desserts in Jars. by Shaina Olmanson. A delicious sponge cake soaked in three milks makes this dessert in a jar a decadent treat. For the original recipe, purchase Shaina's cookbook HERE.
  • 1½ cup cake flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. Cream softened butter, sugar and vanilla on high speed for 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until well incorporated.
  3. Slowly add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined.
  4. Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them half full.
  5. Bake for 18-22 minutes until tops are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a cooling rack.
  6. Unwrap the cupcakes from their liners. Poke each cake all over with a fork.
  7. In the meantime, combine the sweetened condensed milk, milk and heavy whipping cream.
  8. Using 6 8 ounce jars, place 1 cupcake in the bottom of each. Slowly spoon 3-4 tablespoons of the milk mixture slowly over each cake. Top each cake with an additional cupcake. Slowly spoon the remaining milk mixture over each cake. Cover the jars and store them in the refrigerator overnight.
  9. Serve topped with fresh berries or the whipped cream Shaina suggests in her cookbook.

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  1. Alison C says

    OMG I would absolutemy love this cookbook. I am fascinated by desserts in a jar! Made it in to this give away by the skin of my teeth!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

  2. Jesy Pijuan says

    Fav single serve is Flan..eventhough its hard for it to be just a single serve 😉 always want more…how great to be able to have it all to myself, served in my own little jar! Yum :p must try!!

  3. Lisa K says

    The book looks great and is on my want list, but I’m wondering if anyone tried this “adapted” recipe? I made them tonight, followed directions to a “t” and these are not like a sponge cake, they are very heavy and dense, I hope after they sit in the fridge they are better, made them for a party. Also, this did not make a dozen cakes. I did two batches, only to get 10 jars :/

    • says

      HI Lisa –
      I’m so sorry this didn’t turn out for you. I actually didn’t adapt the cake recipe at all from the book, but did adapt what went over them in the jars (the recipe calls for 1 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup half and half… I used milk and heavy cream instead of the evaporated milk and half and half).
      I did find that Shaina’s recipe for the cakes was a little bit dense. I’ve never had Tres Leches Cake, but I assumed that’s how it was supposed to be. However, with that being said, I did get 12 cakes out of it (Shaina’s recipes says you should get 14 individual cakes).
      I hope they are better for you this morning after soaking in the goodness!

  4. Natalie says

    I was just wondering how long this will last for. I think for traditional tres leches cake you leave it for a while, but not sure about these. Am thinking of making a heap of them for a party :)


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