How to make a tres leche cake! (Part 1)

By: Jessica Garcia Saligan

What is a tres leche cake ?

Tres leche is a traditional cake from Mexico. Tres leche cake is a sponge cake soaked with a sweet milk mixture. It’s a very popular dish in a lot of Mexican restaurants!

This cake recipe will take 10 hrs 30 minutes to make because to get an amazing taste you will have to let the cake soak up all syrupy milk mixture for 8 hours or overnight. When it’s time to serve, the cake will be moist and not soggy.

There are going to be 2 parts for this recipe. In Part 1 I will be explaining on how to make the cake part, and in Part 2 I will explain on how to make the syrups, milk mixture, and everything else!

For the cake:


  • Big bowl
  • 2 small bowls
  • Wisk
  • Measuring cups
  • Strainer
  • Hand mixture
  • Large pan
  • 8 1⁄2 or 9 inch pan

Ingredients for the Sponge Cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or cake flour, sifted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature

You will want to start off with preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

For all 6 eggs, you’re going to want to separate the egg whites and the yolk into small bowls.

In another bowl you’re going to get your strainer and put it on top of the bowl then slowly pour in the flour.

Set the bowl of flour aside and grab your egg yolks, big bowl and hand mixer.

You’re going to pour the egg yolk into the big bowl and mix until all together.

  • Add one teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Add half a cup of sugar

Set your hand mixer into high speed and beat well until you see the yolk become a lighter color but keep mixing until it starts to develop volume. Mixture should be smooth not runny.

You’re going to want to wash your hand mixer.

In another bowl, you’re going to pour in your egg whites and beat on high speed then add in half of the sugar slowly while mixing the egg whites.
Keep mixing until soft peaks start to form, then add the remaining sugar.

Your mixture should be light and fluffy!

You should now have three bowls: one with the flour, one with the egg white mixture, and the other with the egg yolk mixture.

Grab your yolk mixture and slowly add in your flour and egg whites, the cake batter should be smooth, thick and fluffy.

Once you’re done mixing, slowly you’re going to want to grab your 8 1⁄2 or 9 inch pan and pour in the mixture.

Also, make sure the large pan is on the bottom and the 8 1⁄2 or 9 inch pan is on top.

Place your cake very carefully into the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 40-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

To finish the rest of the cake make sure to check out part 2, coming out soon!

True Team

By: Ellie Moore

At a normal track meet only 8 out of 24 runners score but at a True Team track meet all racers score. Getting last place will only score you 1 point but your points still count. The point of these true team meets is to find which team has the best depth throughout the team. You may be able to win normal meets because you have 1 or 2 runners constantly in the top 3, but to win a true team meet you have to have all your runners placing high.

There are only 3 True Team meets in the track season: True Team Conference, Sections, and State. In order for your team to make it to state you need to be one of the top teams in the section, so not every team gets to race at True Team State.

Unlike normal track state, to qualify for True Team Track State you need to qualify as a team. You can’t qualify as an individual.

Saint Paul Public Schools have a disadvantage when they compete in the True Team Section meet. Since SPPS doesn’t have the insurance for pole vaulting, we automatically get 0 points for it, starting us up to 40 points behind the rest of the schools.

Conference True Team took place at Central High School on Wednesday May third. Central took first place with 644.5 and Highland got second with 538. Como Park was third with 413 points.

The Section True Team meet was May ninth at Mounds View where Highland Park competed against Edina, Minneapolis South, Minneapolis Southwest, Minneapolis Washburn, Mounds View, North St. Paul, Roseville, St. Louis Park, and St. Paul Central.

Mounds View ended up winning with 1141.5 points with Roseville coming in second with 1115 points. Highland Park got fifth with 623 points.

State will be May twentieth and twenty-first at Stillwater High School. The top team from each section will move on to state and compete against each other to see who has the most depth on their team.

What is FFA?

By: Tasha Cudinski

FFA stands for Future Farmers of America. FFA is a national agriculture organization founded in 1928. There are FFA chapters in schools across America and even a few chapters in Puerto Rico.

FFA has many contests relating to agriculture that FFA members are free to compete in. Most contests have three levels, regional, state, and nationals; contestants start by competing at regional level with other nearby chapters and then move on to state and eventually regionals if you place high enough.

Each FFA chapter has a leadership team made up of students in FFA. In order to be eligible for an FFA leadership position you have to be enrolled in at least one semester of an agriculture class per year. The job of the leadership team is to establish order, plan club activities and organize events such as agriculture day or ag day for short. In the case of a single chapter the leaders are chosen by the teacher(s) in charge, but for state or national leaders there is a choosing committee who decides which candidates would be best for the role.

Highland Park Senior High has an FFA chapter, which meets once a month on Wednesday. Anyone is free to show up to meetings and you do not have to join a competition to attend the monthly meetings. While FFA has competitions and our school does participate in them, the club meetings have fun activities like painting, and cookie decorating. FFA meetings are also used to give members, who are interested in competing, the chance to learn more about what competitions are available, and what times and locations they are taking place at.

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