kitchen table math, the sequel: Where are the cupcake recipes?

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Where are the cupcake recipes?

An anonymous commenter wrote:
Isn't it odd that none of you ever post anything about the nuts and bolts of teaching math? Maybe you should share cupcake recipes.

Of course, he's wrong about the nuts and bolts. Many of us are teaching math at home because we don’t think our schools are doing an adequate job. KTM has been the single most important source of “nuts and bolts” information for me. And, yes, I do my share of venting my frustration about this situation. That’s only natural, I think.

However, we have been remiss about sharing cupcake recipes. Therefore, I thought I would post a recipe for a traditional Latin American cake that has won raves for me. It would be appropriate to take to school for those Spanish language or “cultures around the world” events.

Warning: As you can tell, this cake is not low cal.

“Tres Leches” (Three Milk) Cake
1 yellow or white cake mix baked as directed in 13 by 9-inch pan
For topping mixture:
1 cup evaporated milk (or whole milk)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup rum (optional)
To finish:
Whipped cream, to cover cake
5 ounces sweetened coconut or fresh strawberries or whatever else strikes your imagination to top the cake
Let cake cool 5 minutes. Poke holes in the cake with a fork or a skewer all over. Pour topping mixture over cake. Let mixture absorb completely in refrigerator.Cover with whipped cream or cool whip. Add coconut or strawberries on top.


concernedCTparent said...

Thank you!

1. I started my day with a smile and that's always a good thing.

2. Tres Leches is my husband's very favorite and I've never, ever seen it in a cupcake recipe


Catherine Johnson said...


Catherine Johnson said...

bread recipe:

butter recipe:


Catherine Johnson said...

Speaking of Shangri-La, we've had a diet tragedy.

Jimmy has regained all but 2 of his lost pounds.

I am beside myself.

Catherine Johnson said...

Of course, I'm frequently beside myself, so it's not so bad.

Catherine Johnson said...


I may have to post my recipe for Darn Good Chocolate Cake.

Catherine Johnson said...

venting is good!

Catherine Johnson said...

I'm going to make these cupcakes.

Unknown said...

I'm not much of a cupcake guy, but here's a mean recipe for a Hoosier Amish classic, Sugar Cream Pie. Lots of others, too. Check out my group page on (which really rocks, by the way).

Unknown said...

Speaking of, there's a similar recipe to the Tres Leches one, Fabulous Coconut Cake. The only difference is you mix a can of Eagle Brand with a can of cream of coconut (the stuff you make pina coladas with, not coconut milk) and pour it over the cake.

Barry Garelick said...

With all these recipes now posted, Catherine will NEVER finish her book!

Tex said...

RWProf – I just got sucked into the time sink that is your recipe page. OMG, which to try first?? I will definitely go to the easier recipes first.

The pictures are great.

Tex said...

Catherine, if you have a chance please post your Darn Good Chocolate Cake.

Nothing cheers up my family like a rich chocolate cake. Yum, with a glass of milk.