Tres Leches Cake Lauren Allen • Published on May 23, 2021 Jump to Recipe Jump to Video Print Recipe The BEST authentic homemade Tres Leches Cake. An ultra light cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture and topped with fresh whipped cream and cinnamon. This simple Mexican dessert is one of our favorites!  Every person in my family would rank Tres Leches Cake in our top favorites of all time! I love that it’s not overly sweet, it’s super easy to make, I can make it in advance, and its absolutely delicious! We make it really often, especially when we’re having a bunch of other Mexican food favorites to serve with it. What is Tres Leches? Tres leches literally means, “three milks”  and Tres Leches Cake is an ultra light sponge cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture.  It’s popular in Mexico and Latin America and throughout the United States as it’s often available at Mexican restaurants. The cake is similar to an angel food cake. The whipped egg whites in the batter make it extra light and spongy. After baking the cake you poke holes in it with a fork and pour three types of milk over the top–evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk–hence the name “tres leches”. How to Make Tres Leches Cake: In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Separate the eggs into two other mixing bowls. Add ¾ cup sugar to the bowl with the egg yolks and mix on high speed until yolks are pale yellow. Add ⅓ cup milk and vanilla and stir to combine. Pour the egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir gently just until combined (don’t over-mix). Use electric beaters to beat the egg whites on high speed. As the begin to whip into stiff peaks, gradually mix in the remaining ¼ cup of sugar. Fold the stiffly beaten egg whites into the batter gently, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl, until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow cake to cool completely. Combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk in a small bowl. Once the cake has cooled use a fork to poke holes all over the top of the cake.  Slowly pour the milk mixture over the the top of the cake, making sure to pour near the edges and all around. Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour or overnight, to allow it to soak up the milk. In the meantime, whip the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks. Smooth over the top of the cake. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, and fresh sliced strawberries, if desired. Store Tres Leches Cake in the refrigerator, covered, for 3-5 days. Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions: You can make Tres leches cake 1-2 days in advance.  In fact, I love to make this cake the night before so that the cake has a lot of time to soak up the milk mixture. No oil or butter in the cake? That’s right, this Tres Leches Cake is NOT made with butter or oil.  The egg whites are the main leavening agent that give it a sponge cake texture, and the three milks poured on top get absorbed by the cake, making it moist without the need of oil or butter. Serve Tres Leches with: Cheese Enchiladas Elote Authentic Mexican Rice Refried Beans Horchata or any of my other popular Mexican Recipes! FOLLOW ME on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM and PINTEREST for more great recipes! 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This simple Mexican dessert is one of our favorites!  Print Pin Rate Author Lauren Allen Course Dessert Cuisine Mexican Servings 12 Calories 433 Cost 6 Prep 1 hr 30 mins Cook 40 mins Total 2 hrs 10 mins Add to Meal Plan Go to Collections Video Ingredients  US CustomaryMetric   1x2x3x Cake: ▢ 1 cup all-purpose flour ▢ 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder ▢ 1/4 teaspoon salt ▢ 5 large eggs , separated ▢ 1 cup granulated sugar , divided ▢ 1/3 cup whole milk ▢ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Milk Mixture: ▢ 12 ounce can evaporated milk ▢ 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk ▢ 1/4 cup whole milk Whipped Topping: ▢ 1 pint heavy whipping cream ▢ 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar ▢ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract ▢ ground cinnamon , for topping Instructions  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13” pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Separate the eggs into two other mixing bowls. Add ¾ cup sugar to the bowl with the egg yolks and mix on high speed until yolks are pale yellow. Add ⅓ cup milk and vanilla and stir to combine. Pour the egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir gently just until combined (don’t over-mix). Use electric beaters to beat the egg whites on high speed. As the begin to whip into stiff peaks, gradually mix in the remaining ¼ cup of sugar. Fold the stiffly beaten egg whites into the batter gently, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl, until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow cake to cool completely. Combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk in a small bowl. Once the cake has cooled use a fork to poke holes all over the top of the cake.  Slowly pour the milk mixture over the the top of the cake, making sure to pour near the edges and all around. Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour or overnight, to allow it to soak up the milk. In the meantime, whip the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks. Smooth over the top of the cake. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Serve with fresh sliced strawberries, if desired. Enjoy! Notes Store Tres Leches Cake in the refrigerator, covered, for 3-5 days. Make Ahead Instructions: You can make Tres leches cake 1-2 days in advance. In fact, I love to make this cake the night before so that the cake has a lot of time to soak up the milk mixture.  Freezing Instructions: The baked and cooled cake can be frozen for up to 3 months, covered well. Thaw overnight in the fridge before pouring the three milks on top. Smaller servings?  Try my Tres Leches Cupcakes. Nutrition Calories: 433kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 9gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 344mgSugar: 41gVitamin A: 865IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 242mgIron: 1mg Did You Make This Recipe? Tag @TastesBetterFromScratch on Instagram with #TastesBetterFromScratch! @TastesBetterFromScratch Have you tried this recipe?! RATE and COMMENT below! I would love to hear your experience. I originally shared this recipe May 2015. Updated April 2017 and May 2021. Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman. Process photos by Nikole of The Travel Palate Pin Share Tweet Email Related Posts Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Plum Cake Blueberry Coffee Cake Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Share Recipe Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Published May 23, 2021 Categories Cakes/Cupcakes Dessert Mexican About The Author Lauren Allen Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos. Learn More Leave A Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Recipe Rating Recipe Rating Comment Name * Email * Comments Sonia says: August 4, 2021 at 6:13 pm I have a 10 1/2 X15 pan – is it possible to double the recipe ? Reply Lauren Allen says: August 4, 2021 at 10:37 pm Yes, I think that will be fine! Reply Liz Karr says: August 8, 2021 at 10:05 am Came out very flat. I followed the exact instructions. Reply Marciano says: August 13, 2021 at 3:03 pm I could only imagine that you knocked out the air from the egg white mixture. You need to be careful to fold in both mixtures while not knocking out the air you produce from whipping egg whites. It takes practice but maybe YouTube some videos on making sponge cakes and it should help seeing some technique. Reply diane says: August 26, 2021 at 8:39 pm I learned to make sponge cake from my mother—almost this exact recipe. The explicit instructions were to NOT grease the pan and cool the cake upside down so it keeps it’s height and doesn’t fall. That might help you. Reply Erika Hernandez says: August 8, 2021 at 11:14 pm Made this today for my sisters birthday because tres leches is her favorite. It was very good. I only put half can of the sweetened condensed milk but next time I’m going to try adding 1/2 cup of milk instead of 1/4 cup because I think it needs to be a tad more wet/moist Reply Joann Escobar says: August 12, 2021 at 9:29 am I love this recipe, I have been using it for years. We like our tres leches cake very wet but not overbearingly sweet so I double the tres leches mixture minus the second can of sweetened condensed milk and it’s perfect. Everyone always loves it! Reply Diana says: August 15, 2021 at 8:09 pm This is a family favorite and gets better every time I make it. I follow your recipe exactly and it’s perfect. I let the milk soak into the cake over night and it’s just perfect! Reply Julia Waldron says: August 16, 2021 at 12:14 pm This turned out amazing! Everyone loved it. Thank you! Reply Leah Wright says: August 18, 2021 at 3:08 pm This is my go to recipe for this cake. Everyone loves it, every single time!!! Reply Sarah Doherty says: August 20, 2021 at 4:41 am The best cake ever. Thank you Janet Fernandez who is a wonderful cook for baking ‘Tres Leches Cake’ for us on our visit to Sydney, and to ‘Tastes Better from Scratch’ for this incredible recipe. It was pure delight. Reply Karen says: August 29, 2021 at 3:44 pm Oh my word!! I have JUST found my FAVORITE cake! So yummy & satisfying. I opted to put cocoa , instead of cinnamon. 😋😋😋😋😋😋😋 Reply Karen says: September 9, 2021 at 3:01 pm Can’t get enough of this absolutely awesome cake! It has become my latest addiction! Never tasted anything like it!! Sooooo good!😋😋😋😋 Reply Bentley Bowles says: September 20, 2021 at 5:13 pm Karen, Right on!! totally agree Reply Bentley Bowles says: September 19, 2021 at 3:50 pm Absolutely mouthwatering! I could eat the whole panful in 30 minutes! Reply See More Comments Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos. Learn More Follow me for more great recipes 30 Minute Meals Shrimp Alfredo Taco Soup Crispy Southwest Wrap Seared Scallops Popular Recipes Peach Cobbler Chicken Cordon Bleu Classic Pumpkin Roll Classic Homemade Chili Sign Up For FREE Weekly Meal Plans Each 5-day meal plan includes a printable grocery shopping list with budget information, to help save time and money! Yes, I want free meal plans! Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

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