“U.S. Army” Tres Leches Cake in honor of Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day (May 16), Memorial Day (May 25), and Fourth of July are all just around the corner. Being a military family, I felt like I had to do something to honor the men, women, and dogs that put their own lives on hold to defend our freedom, and the freedom of those who need our help. This post is the first installment in my patriotic- themed run up to the Fourth of July.

U.S. Army Logo Pineapple and Blueberry Tres Leches Cake in honor of Armed Forces Day. See at https://www.janus-lane.com #usarmy #military #armedforcesdayI made this patriotic Tres Leches Cake for Armed Forces Day in honor of the U.S. Army which my husband served in for eight years. He served through two deployments to Iraq, then 18 months in South Korea. He is now a member of the Washington State National Guard. I couldn’t possibly be more proud of him.

Pineapple and blueberries were used to make the U.S. Army star, the iconic logo of the Army. It’s not a cake that is going to win any awards for decoration; not by a long shot. However, the spirit of honoring the organization that provided us with a comfortable – if frequently lonely – life, and recognizing the hardships and sacrifices that have been made in everyone’s life who is touched by the Army, is most certainly there.

U.S. Army Logo Pineapple and Blueberry Tres Leches Cake in honor of Armed Forces Day. See at https://www.janus-lane.com #usarmy #military #armedforcesdayU.S. Army Logo Pineapple and Blueberry Tres Leches Cake in honor of Armed Forces Day. See at https://www.janus-lane.com #usarmy #military #armedforcesdayMaking a star like this was a lot harder than I anticipated. As you can see below, I tried various yellow fruits to make it with. I finally had a stroke of genius and used my food processor to blend up the pineapple. I strained as much water out as I could, mixed in 1/2 tbsp. of sugar, and boiled it on the stove until most of the moisture was out of it.

I let it cool in the fridge before transferring to a Ziplock bag that I cut a corner of so that I could use it as if I were piping icing. I never realized just how much water is in pineapple, as I still had to use paper towels to soak up pineapple juice before I could start drawing the star.

which fruitI filled the star in with blueberries to simulate the logo as best as I could, and lined the pan with strips of pineapple.

The fruit was a great addition to an already-delicious and moist cake. If you’ve never had a Tres Leches cake, you are really missing out. It’s so easy to make, and you can top it with anything you like. I used homemade whipped cream for this one.

Homemade whipped cream from www.janus-lane.com

Don’t you just want to lick it? Homemade whipped cream beats store bought. No contest.

The recipe for this cake is from The Pioneer Woman and can be found here. I won’t take credit for a recipe I didn’t come up with. The only thing I did different is that I left the cake in the pretty red pan and used my meat thermometer to poke large holes in the cake before I poured the tres leches over it. I didn’t bother to let it cool first, and frankly I’m not sure why you would. Anyone have an answer for that?

I let the cake cool in the fridge overnight as it was creeping up on 11 pm when I took it out of the oven, and then made the whipped cream in the morning. You’ll want to make sure the cake is cold before icing it so I’d recommend letting it cool overnight anyway.

U.S. Army Logo Pineapple and Blueberry Tres Leches Cake in honor of Armed Forces Day. See at https://www.janus-lane.com #usarmy #military #armedforcesdayclose up of tres leches cakeSpeaking of treats, here is a great post on sending care packages to our troops.

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  • Kim Daniels Lewis

    Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls

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  • https://www.penguinsinpink.com/ Brandi @ penguinsinpink.com

    What a great idea. I just made a tres leches cake for Cinco de Mayo. My parents both served in the Army, that’s where they met. Good job on the logo. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned to the Bloggers Brags Broad.

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      That’s how my husband’s grandparents met too. Ours is just the typical “We met online” love story of this generation.

      • https://www.penguinsinpink.com/ Brandi @ penguinsinpink.com

        Ha! That’s how my hubby and I met! :)

        • Steph

          How funny. It is just a thing now. No longer weird, although the older people in our family had a hard time wrapping their heads around it. My grandparents were sure I was going off to meet a serial killer the first time I met him lol

  • Tanya M

    Yum yum yum. I love Tres Leches Cake and blueberries and pineapple are two of my favorite fruits. What a fantastic way to honor military families. Thank you for your family’s service to our nation. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday. Pinned to our linkup board and sharing on social media too.

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      Thanks Tanya.

  • https://moneysavvyliving.com Gina Young

    Cake looks great! And thank you to your husband (and family!) for serving our country! Glad you shared this on #ShareTheWealthSunday link up!

  • Jann Olson

    I love Tres Leche and what a wonderful thing to celebrate! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • https://www.simplisticallyliving.com/ Simplistically Living

    Love this and it looks so tasty. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty. We’d love to see you again this Friday.

  • https://whisperingwriter.blogspot.com/ Amber

    Awesome. The cake looks delicious! My husband is in the Air Force and would enjoy this.

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      Well then you should make it for him! Try your hand at making the Air Force Logo instead.

  • Sherry Nappa

    My dad was career Army, and I have so many fond memories of Armed Forces Day. Thanks for a great recipe. This is just the thing (and story) that we love at Funtastic Friday. Please join us this week.

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      Thanks Sherry. I’ll see ya on Friday then :)

  • https://creativekkids.com Tammy Doiel

    Beautiful cake and such a great way to remember those who fought and protected our country. Tell your husband thank you from our family.

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      Thank you Tammy, and he reads my blogs, so he will see it for himself :)

  • https://debbieinshape.com/ Debbie Rodrigues

    We don’t celebrate these days here in Belgium, but your cake looks worth a shot in any case. 😉

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert