Saturday, October 9, 2010

Tres Leches- Sponge Cake Soaked in Mix of three milks

This wonderful dessert has been a big favorite for many years and it's so simple to make!

Tres Leches was born in Central America (real nationality is still on debate :) Impress your guests with something different and.... made with little effort!!

So here's how to put it together!

1 1/2 cups cake flour
5 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup oil
1 pinch salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk

1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk**
1 box of whipping cream.
Alcohol (rum, brandy or Kahlua) if desired.

Whipped cream for topping, if you're planning to make it, you'll need:

1/4 granulated sugar.
1 can/box of whipping cream **

1 Can of fruit or fresh strawberries for topping.

In a large bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat eggs and sugar until thick and pale yellow, 5 to 6 minutes. In a small bowl, mix flour and baking powder. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add flour mixture in small increments and beat until smooth. Scrape batter into a buttered medium size baking pan.

Bake in a 325° regular oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

On the meantime, mix condensed milk, evaporated milk and one can of whipping cream. Add as much alcohol as you'd like. I add around half a cup of alcohol (it gives an amazing taste)!! You can mix this with a spoon and set aside.

When the sponge cake is ready. Place it outside and pinch all the cake with a fork. Pinch it A LOT :) without breaking it. This is done for the sauce to soak inside the cake. Once the cake has cooled down pour the sauce we just made little by little, letting in soak every time.

Now it's time to prepare the whipped cream.

Whip cream until almost stiff. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until cream holds peaks. Spread over top of the cake and decorate with fruit.

** A couple of useful tips!
Before you start the recipe, place the box of whipping cream that you'll use for the topping on the freezer as well as the bowl where it will be prepared. When you're finished beating the cake's ingredients, wash the metal beaters from your mixer and also place them on the freezer. For some reason, the whipped cream will have better results this way.

If you are not able to find evaporated milk (dont confuse this with condensed milk which is easy to find) Simple pour two large glasses of milk in a pot and boil until it reduces by half. Check and move often to avoid spilling of milk. Remove creamy layers that will accumulate on top of the milk. Once it has reduced by half, set on a cup and let it cool; then you'll be ready to use it to prepare the sauce for the cake.

Alcohol is totally optional. I've tried 3 leches without it and it's good as well, but I personally prefer it with alcohol **hiccup** :)

Serves approx. 6 people.


Monday, July 12, 2010

New Clutches, Bags and Mini Messengers For this Hot Summer

Looking to keep up with the hot summer trends out there? Look no further. I'm in love with the purses, clutches and everything I see out there so I've decided to also jump in and create my own clutches, purses with long straps and some tasty mini messenger bags that girls out there find adorable!

Buy handmade this summer and make a difference with these unique styles!!

Find them all here! ----

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


These are some bags I've made before that have been sold already. In order to help future customers with a custom made bag, here I present you with some designs that you don´t see in my etsy shop. Of course it saves me a lot of time if you chose a design I already worked with :D Please keep in mind that sometimes I might not have the same exact material I used for these products, but I might be able to find you something quiet similar or show you the fabrics that I have. NOW, This small cutie is called the Prom Queen. Custom made item that found it's way to Costa Rica just a little while ago. $65

This is the famous Mirit's Bag. An elegant yet casual style I created for my hebrew teacher. She loves it so much that she's wearing it to school everyday-which I'm really happy about- made with brown faux leather that has the texture of suede, smoked blue colored piping decorates some details on the exterior. The lining is made with gray canvas. $75

This is my first man's bag and I'm very proud of it! Custom made order from a good friend of mine. Stylish, young and practical. I didn't give it a name but you may call it Jeron's Messenger Bag. $85

Now, I present to you the Road Runner Shoulder Bag. This is a bag I made for myself and became a big favorite within girls at school. Planning on making more for my shop. $75

This baby bag is a custom product I made long time ago before I started my etsy shop. I called it the Blue Striped Diaper Bag. $90

This laptop bag is another customer product that flew all the way to Costa Rica. I call it the Laptop Bella's Summer Bag. $75

This custom order was made very recently. Flew to Holland with a very nice lady I met in school. I call this Anna's Bag. $80

This is the Nikita Sunshine Bag. A great experiment from my lab (mean my studio, hehe)and it sold out quick in a retail shop. :D $70

This design was great. So great that I made one for myself. This is called the Cherry Bag. It's large and has a strange shape that drawns eyes to it. People in NYC loved it when they saw me with that bag. $90

This gorgeous bag is called the Miami Beach Bag, I've sold three of them in total. I couldn't find this -already embroided- material again but for sure it did look nice in plain fabrics as well. $75

This is the New Yorker Bag. I deeply fell in love
with it. The design is similar to the Bella's Summer Bag in my shop. This sold out in a purse party I made. I was ready to see it go to a new owner :) $90

This is a bag a made long time ago. When I first started selling on etsy. It was called the Black Passion Bag. It was a set with the Drama Queen Clutch.

These cuties are the Mischa Petit Bags, I've made five of them so far and five of them have sold. I definitely have to make more since girls really seem to be drawn to these small bags. You can fit a wallet, phone, make up and some other goodies that we all like carrying around. $65

Enjoy! Please refer to this pics as a portfolio of my own :) There is no link to these pictures so don't try to click on them since they are no longer available in my shop, however they feel free to ask for more info about any of these. I definitely have more pictures and information.

Raquel Gonzalez

Monday, November 23, 2009


Hello everyone!! I'm having a sale in my shop! So far I have 6 sales registered. Next sales will get a great deal!!!

1st and 2nd shopper will get a 20% off

3rd and 4th shopper will get a 15% off

5th and following shoppers will get a 10%

This is in any product from Today Mon. Nov.23rd 'til Monday Nov.30th. I'll refund through paypal. One week of great deals!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Since I miss a little bit Fall and Winter Fashion (I'm living in Israel-remember is damn hot in here :D- I decided to choose some great etsy sellers and match their products with my bags. I'm on the process of making a bag for myself so this will definitely be of some help.

Don't forget to drop your comments, tell us what you love about this talented artists and sellers that bring the cold back to life!!!

Click on any pic to go directly to any of these seller's shop!

Saturday, September 26, 2009


And well, we moved to our dream apartment in our dream area in Tel Aviv. We still got so much to do-unpacking, cleaning, organizing and planning seems to never end, but we've also enjoy it.

Our apartment has two bathrooms, large living room, huge kitchen with huge windows and killing views, we also got two rooms so at last I have my own sewing room-looks like a storage place now, lol. We have a balcony next to the living room, and a huge private roof which will suit us for great parties!

Enjoy the pics and dont look at the mess :D

Raquel Gonzalez

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Let's leave behind the fact that I didn't feature any sellers yesterday, let's talk party people!

We are making a purse, jewelry and soap party in the east village this coming Saturday.

I'm moving to Israel at the end of this month and I had the idea of putting some of my products on discount and make a party.

After all, I'm moving far away and I want to sell some of my inventory so that I don't have to ship so many bags to Israel. Then I had the great idea to team up with other sellers. I think it will be awesome. These are the sellers who will come to join me on this fun day!

If you live in the city and want to come around please do so! There will be wine and some snacks, so you can have fun, check out our products, chat and meet other fun people.

We will be at 240 1st avenue, apt. 7A, buzzer 156, NY, NY 10009. (between 14th st and 15th st) from noon until 6pm. Remember this is happening this coming Saturday, come and meet other sellers and have fun: that's all I have to say! :D

If you have any questions feel free to email me at:

For those who don't live around the city, I'll be having a special sale the day after, so you might still be able to get a fair discount on my products. The sale will go on for a day or two at the most since I need to ship my bags after that.

Monday, June 8, 2009

SUMMER ETSY SELLERS- Let's welcome summer the right way!

Let's welcome the fun of summer and feature 10 awesome sellers that have created 'summer inspired' products.

I'm very happy because I featured a pair of vintage shoes last week and they sold out, congratulations ShrimpSaladCircus on your sale and I really hope that the sale came from this blog!!!

Check out these sellers, show your love, share your comments and have a great Monday shopping Day!!!

Click on any image to go straight to their shop!

Best of all, always

Raquel Gonzalez-Handbagcave