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Tres Leches Cake Recipe

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This easy Tres Leches cake recipe is a delicious dessert that can be enjoyed year-round. The sweet milk syrup is essential to the cake and makes it so special. 

 3 leches cake is versatile because you can top it with fresh fruit for a beautiful cake. I used strawberries and blueberries, but you could also use mango and kiwi to top it if you wanted. 

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Why This Recipe – 

Tres Leches Cake is a Mexican-inspired dessert and is made with three types of milk, hence the name Tres Leches. It is basically a yellow cake that is poked and milk (well a three milk mixture) is poured over it. 

I have tasted many versions of this cake and I think that the key is that you want one that is moist, but not soggy, this Tres Leches cake is the perfect combination of moist and dry, in my opinion, and it is actually not difficult to make 

Whether you are hosting a Taco Tuesday or other type of fiesta, this dessert is perfect when you want to add a little Latin flare to the menu.  

3 Leche Cake

You will need several ingredients for this cake, but many you likely have in your pantry. There are three steps to making this cake. 

  1. Baking the cake.
  2. Preparing the milk syrup.
  3. Frosting the cake.

Ingredients For Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake Ingredients

For the Cake:

Flour  – I used all-purpose flour

Eggs – You will need 5 eggs for this recipe. Be sure to use eggs that are at room temperature for best reults. 

Sugar – This makes the best sauce. You can use another brand of sweet chili sauce if you do not have it on hand.

Milk – For the cake mixture, I use whole milk or 2%.

Spices – salt, baking powder, and Vanilla extract are used in this recipe


Tres Leches Cake Milk Ingredients

For the Milk Syrup:

Evaporated milk – This is the first of the three milks used to make the syrup.

Sweetened condensed milk – 

Heavy cream – 

Cinnamon – perfect

For the Frosting


How to Make Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt
  2. In a separate bowl mall bowl, separate egg whites from the yolks and mix the yolks with sugar.
  3. Add egg yolk mixture to flour mixture and stir gently to combine
  4. Stir to combine.


How to make a Tres Leches Cake


5. Place egg whites in a separate bowl.

6.Beat the egg whites at high speed.

7.Add sugar and beat until soft peaks form.

8. Fold egg white mixture into the batter.

How to make Tres Leches Cake

 Spread evenly in prepared pan Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes

Baking Tres Leches Cake


9. Make the milk mixture.

10. Mix together all three kinds of milk and cinnamon.

11. Poke holes in the baked cake.

12. Pour over poked cake.


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Now it is time to make the frosting.

13. Pour the entire milk mixture over the baked cake.

14. In another bowl, add whipping cream.

15. Beat cream until fluffy and add powdered sugar and vanilla.

16. Frost cake and top with berries. 

How to bake a Tres Leches Cake

It is such a delicious cake!

Tres Leche Cake Recipe

Timesaving tips  to make this perfect every time

  • Be sure to refrigerate the cake for about 1 hour after pouring the milk before frosting so that the cake can absorb the milks.
  • When poking the cake, wipe the fork often to reduce sticking.
  • You can use a store-bought whipped topping in place of the frosting to save some time. 


Does Tres Leches cake need to be refrigerated?

Yes, the cake needs to be refrigerated.

Can the Tres Leches Cake be made ahead?

Yes, you can bake the cake the day before and finish the milk mixture the day that you are serving it. 


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Tres Leches Cake

This easy Tres Leches cake recipe is a delicious dessert that can be enjoyed year-round. The sweet milk syrup is essential to the cake and makes it so special. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cake mix, dessert, mexican, milk, tres leches
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 139kcal



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Milk Syrup

  • cup milk whole or 2%
  • 1 can 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 can 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Coat a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and dust with flour
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt
  • In 2 small bowl, separate egg whites and yolks
  • In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks with ¾ cup granulated sugar until pale yellow
  • Stir in ⅓ cup milk and vanilla extract
  • Add egg yolk mixture to flour mixture and stir gently to combine
  • In a large bowl, beat egg whites at high speed until soft peaks form
  • Gradually add ¼ cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form
  • Fold egg white mixture into batter gently just until combined
  • Spread evenly in prepared pan
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean
  • Remove from oven and cool on wire rack
  • Place large mixing bowl and beater in freezer to chill for frosting

Milk Syrup

  • In a medium bowl, combine evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream, stir in cinnamon and vanilla extract until well combined
  • When cake is cool, poke small holes in cake using a fork or skewer
  • Slowly drizzle milk syrup over cake, allowing it to soak in
  • You will now need to use all of the milk mixture
  • Set aside


  • Remove bowl and beaters from freezer
  • Add whipping cream to bowl and beat on high speed until soft peaks form
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue beating on high speed until stiff peaks form
  • Frost cake
  • Serve immediately or place in refrigerator until ready to serve
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

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