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Martha Bakes: Pantry Milks


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Martha invites dairy expert, Holley Grainger, to share her trade secrets and then incorporates them into two heavenly desserts: passion fruit meringue pie and cuatro leches cake. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli also makes a sublime condensed milk pound cake.


This Week’s Recipe

Cuatro Leches Cake

Make Martha Stewart's Cuatro Leches Cake from the Pantry Milkes episode of Martha Bakes.



  • Cake:
  • Unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup safflower oil
  • 5 large egg yolks plus 6 large egg whites
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • Topping:
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Fresh peaches, berries, or citrus (optional)


  1. Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly butter a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, milk powder, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup whole milk, oil, egg yolks, and vanilla seeds. Whisk egg-yolk mixture into flour mixture.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high speed until frothy. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup sugar, beating until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 5 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold one-third of egg-white mixture into batter. Gently but thoroughly fold in remaining egg-white mixture. Transfer to prepared dish. Bake until top springs back when lightly touched, about 40 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together condensed milk, evaporated milk, and remaining 1 cup whole milk. Poke warm cake all over with a wooden skewer or toothpick, then pour milk mixture over top. Let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  4. Topping: Whisk cream and sugar to medium peaks. Spread whipped cream over cake and serve with fruit, if desired.

Yield: 12 servings



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