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A piece of tres leches cake on a small plate topped with a fanned out strawberry.
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Tres Leches Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy cake recipe, Mexican Cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cooling:: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 481 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur

This Tres Leches Cake is a top notch Mexican dessert. It's a moist cake soaked with 3 different milks and topped with a lightly sweetened whipped cream. It gets rave reviews anytime it's served!

Ingredients

CAKE:

  • 1 cup (220g) sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) (113g) butter, room temperature
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • cups (215g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

THREE MILK SYRUP:

  • 1 (12oz)(355ml) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (14oz)(396g) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream

WHIPPED TOPPING:

  • 2 cups (475ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • cup (35g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

CAKE:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour a 9x13 baking pan; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly to combine. Add the vanilla extract. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix just until well incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread in an even layer. Don't be alarmed by how little batter there is in the pan, this is normal. Bake for 20-25 mintures or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  3. Let cake cool for 10-15 minutes before pouring the 3 milk syrup over it.

THREE MILK SYRUP:

  1. In a liquid measuring cup combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and cream. Poke several holes in the cake with a fork or skewer and pour the milk mixture over the top of the cake. Refrigerate the cake at least 6 hours but best if overnight.

WHIPPED TOPPING:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla using the whisk attachment. Whisk on low until it starts to thicken and then on high until stiff peaks form. Spread over cake.

Recipe Notes

  1. STORAGE: Store this cake covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
  2. Can serve topped with fresh berries or a dusting of cinnamon.
Nutrition Facts
Tres Leches Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 157mg52%
Sodium 153mg7%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.