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Baked Eggplant Parmesan with Tropical Tres Leches Cake: An Easy Romantic Meal

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Baked eggplant Parmesan is an easy romantic meal to make for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.   Use a tres leches cake baking kit to add a delicious sweet end to your dinner.

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When I was single, I used to dream about the gloriously romantic Valentine’s Days I would celebrate when I was married.  Then I got married and had kids – so much for that dream!  I’ve come to terms with spending Valentine’s Day at home, but I still try to plan a romantic meal for my husband and I to enjoy after the kids have had a heart shaped pizza for dinner.  Because we’re trying to eat healthier this year,  I decided to go vegetarian and see if I could convince my husband that baked eggplant Parmesan is as good as his fried chicken Parmesan.

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Baked eggplant Parmesan is really easy to make, but there are a few steps involved.  Eggplant has a lot of water in it so I prefer to “sweat” it before I cook it.  Just slice the eggplant and salt the slices.  Let the sit in a strainer for about an hour before cooking.

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Dry the sweated eggplant off with a paper towel and then coat with the flour mixture.  Place the slices on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lightly greased.   Bake for 40 minutes, turning the eggplant over halfway through.

eggplant Parmesan

Now the good part! You will need a tasty marinara sauce for the eggplant Parmesan.  I tried Buitoni pasta sauce for the first time and it was delicious in this dish.  I found the Buitoni sauce in the deli section at Walmart.

eggplant parmesan

Spread one entire package of sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Can you see the chunks of veggies in the sauce? Yum! Lay the slices of eggplant on top of the sauce.

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Spread half of the other tub of Buitoni sauce on top of the eggplant slices and then sprinkle with cheese.   Bake for about 20 more minutes until the dish is warm and the cheese is melted.

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Yield: 2

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Tropical Tres Leches Cake

eggplant parmesan
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 large eggplant, sliced
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 containers Buitoni pasta sauce
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheese such as Parmesan and mozzarella
  • 1 Nestle Tres Leches Baking Kit
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil in liquid form
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk in a can
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • Whipped cream and maraschino cherries


  1. Sprinkle eggplant slices liberally salt. Let stand for 1 hour. Wipe slices with paper towel to remove most of the moisture.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, garlic powder, oregano and basil. Coat each slice with the flour mixture.
  4. Bake the eggplant slices on a rimmed baking sheet lightly greased for 40 minutes, turning the slices over midway through cooking. Remove from oven.
  5. Spread one container of Buitoni pasta sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan. Place the eggplant slices in a single layer on top of the sauce. Cover the slices with half of another container of pasta sauce. Cover the sauce with cheese.
  6. Bake the eggplant Parmesan for 20 minutes or until the dish is heated through and the cheese is melted.
  7. Prepare cake batter according to package directions using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Once batter is ready, mix in fresh pineapple. Pour batter in to prepared pan and bake according to package directions.
  8. Mix together the 2 cans of milk in the kit plus 1 cup coconut milk. After removing cake from the oven, allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Follow package directions.
  9. Serve each slice of cake with a dollop of whipped cream and maraschino cherry.
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  • Danielle
    February 20, 2014

    Wow! This looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to the Weekend Wind Down Party last week! Hope to see you there this week 🙂

    • Camille Gabel
      February 20, 2014

      Thanks, Danielle!

  • Mommy on Demand
    February 18, 2014

    I have never cooked eggplant but i think I could make this! Thanks for coming over and sharing at The Weekend Retreat hope to see you back on Thursday!! 

    • Camille Gabel
      February 20, 2014

      You’ll love it!

  • Miz Helen
    February 15, 2014

    I would love to sit down to this meal, your Eggplant Parmesan and Tres Leches Cake look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen

    • Camille Gabel
      February 20, 2014

      Thanks, Miz Helen! Hope you had a great week!

  • Antionette Blake
    February 14, 2014

    This looks like a perfect romantic meal and I may have to try it. Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty – Happy Valentine’s Day.

  • aprila
    February 12, 2014

    I really want to make both of these They both look great. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

  • Lori Pace
    February 11, 2014

    Such a yummy recipe! Thank you so much! #client

  • Kristin Wheeler (
    February 4, 2014

    I love eggplant!!! I haven’t had any in a while and these pics are making me want to make this recipe! Pinning!!! #client