The Eighth Day Of Christmas – The Mother Of Jesus, Maids A-Milking, And Tres Leches Cake

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“On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 8 maids a-milking.” Frederic Austin

On January 1st, much of the world celebrates the birth of a new year. As the eighth day of Christmas, this holiday also celebrates the Mother of Jesus, Mary. The virgin gave birth to the baby Jesus and emerged as a significant figure in every Christian’s story, a symbol of those unexpected people in our lives that point us to Christ.

How do we reconcile the birth of a new year, eight maids a-milking, and the important lesson we learn from Mary’s story?

  • Thank God for the people He uses to draw you closer to Himself.
  • Bake a tres leches cake to celebrate the Birthday of Christ, your own spiritual re-birth, and the birth of a new year.
  • Pray for the willingness of Mary to envelope your life, giving God the chance to use you to lead others to Him.

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Ingredients For The Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cup of flour – plus extra for the cake pan
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Butter spray (enough to grease the pan)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 5 eggs (1 at a time)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

The Three Milks:

  • 3/4 cup almond or whole milk
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

The Whipped Cream Topping:

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (or more – to taste) Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare a 9×13 inch baking pan by greasing it with butter spray and sprinkling a thin layer of flour on the pan. (This keeps the cake from sticking to the edges.)
  • Cream together softened butter, honey, and eggs (one at a time) with a stand or hand mixer.
  • Add almond and vanilla extract to the egg mixture and mix until the extracts are incorporated with the other ingredients.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and add to the egg mixture. Mix until the flour fully integrates with the other ingredients.
  • Bake the cake for 25 – 30 minutes in the heated oven. If a toothpick inserted into the baked cake comes out clean (with no cake batter sticking to it), the cake is ready.
  • Poke holes in the cake and allow it to cool for about thirty minutes.
  • Mix almond milk, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract and pour the liquids over the cake.
  • Refrigerate the cake overnight.
  • The next day mix together whipping cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and almond extract in a stand mixer or hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  • Slice cake, top with whipped cream, and serve with whatever toppings you prefer.

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