Tres Leches Cake

Today’s recipe is a very delicious cake called the Tres Leches cake . I first got to taste this luxurious , melt in the mouth cake when I lived in California. I had heard great reviews of this cake from a colleague ,about how I must try this and what I was missing out. Most people who have had this cake just fall in love with it and I was no exception.After that, this naturally became a standard cake for my kids birthdays or any special occasions , but it was always store ordered. Back in the days, I never had tried baking from scratch, except for the occasional baking using store bought mixes.Gone are those days now, and I never even look at the cake mixes in the supermarket aisle these days.

Now for some history and information about the cake . The term “Tres Leches” translates to three and milk, which is for the three milks used in this cake namely condensed milk, evaporated milk and whipping cream. There are some conflicts about the origin of this cake. While some say it originated in Latin America , some parts of Mexico and Costa Rica claim it to be theirs .Well wherever it originated from, it sure is an awesome cake.This cake is very light and porous,soaked with the sweet milk and can be topped with fruits of your choice like strawberries , pineapple or blueberries and lots of whipped cream frosting.

I narrowed down couple of recipes online and went on to try this delicious cake .The traditional recipe calls for baking in a rectangular tray so that all the liquid can be absorbed . However the two tiered cake can have a layer of sliced strawberries and whipped cream frosting in between that makes it even more delicious and look prettier. It can get into a messy affair while frosting and I could not click any pictures during the making, but have pretty much covered it all in the recipe details.It turned out really good and got really excellent reviews and compliments for it. I would highly recommend this heavenly and delicious cake to impress your loved ones and guests .Happy baking and enjoy!

5 from 1 vote
Tres Leches Cake
Total Time
1 hr

A very delicious and melt in the mouth cake which is soaked in three types of milk , topped with strawberries and whipped cream frosting

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12
For the cake
  • 1 1/2 cup All purpose flour or Cake Flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs (whites and yolks separated) and at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 -12 strawberries sliced for filling and decoration
  • 1/4 cup blueberries for decoration
Leches (Milks)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 1 can evaporated milk 10 oz approximately
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Whipped cream Frosting
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 drops food coloring your choice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the base cakes
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

  2. In a bowl mix the cake flour, baking powder and salt with a whisk and set aside.

  3. Using an electric mixer , whisk the egg whites until they are frothy .

  4. Add sugar and keep whisking on high for about 4 minutes until it thickens.

  5. Add egg yolk one at a time, while the mixer is running at high speed for about 5 minutes and until they are mixed well.

  6. Next add half of the dry ingredients or flour mixture and blend well.

  7. Add milk and vanilla extract and blend again.

  8. Add the remaining flour mixture and blend well for about 3 minutes.

  9. In two greased 9 inch pan, distribute the batter evenly, tap the pan so air bubbles are released and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a tooth pick  inserted in the center comes out clean.

  10. Cool the cakes in the pan for about 20 minutes and then on the cooling rack until completely cool

Whipped cream Frosting
  1. Refrigerate the whisk  and 2 bowls a large and a small in the freezer for at least 15 minutes or about 1 hour 

  2. Place some ice cubes in the bigger bowl and the smaller bowl on top of it.

  3. Add the whipping cream to the small bowl and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

  4. Add couple of drops of food color of your choice if you like .

  5. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat on high for about 5 minutes until you get soft peaks .Keep checking now and then to make sure you don’t over beat

Leches (Three milks)
  1. In a bowl add the three milks namely condensed milk, whipping cream and evaporated milk and whisk to combine .You can also strain to make sure it is smooth

Frosting the cake
  1. Take one cake and prick holes with a fork all over.

  2. Pour half the milk contents evenly so that it is absorbed and let it sit on a cooling rack .

  3. After about 10 to 15 minutes cover it with whipping cream add sliced strawberries on top.

  4. Next take the other cake and prick holes with a fork all over.

  5. Place it on top of the other cake and evenly pour the rest of the three milks on it.

  6. Add whipped cream frosting over the second cake and even it out. 

  7. Decorate with strawberries, bueberries or sprinkles.

  8. Refrigerate the cake for at least an hour before serving . 

Tres Leches Cake

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  • authenticsimplifiedrecipes
    March 22, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    This seems to be a lovely mouth is already watering…. can’t wait to try it out.Thanks for sharing 🙂😋

    • InspiresNish
      March 22, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. I would love to hear how it turned out . Enjoy!

    • Deeksha
      March 23, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      Such a beautiful picture of mouth watering dessert, loved it completely!!

      • InspiresNish
        March 23, 2019 at 10:25 pm

        Thank you so much Deeksha ,much apprecaited!

  • Jyo
    March 22, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    This is one of my most fav cake Nisha…love the rich creamy texture ! I make with eggless vanilla cake, loved your version too👍

    • InspiresNish
      March 22, 2019 at 8:48 pm

      Glad to hear that Jyo and yes you are right about the rich creamy texture. Thank you so much . I would love to try the eggless version sometime .

  • megala
    March 22, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    5 stars
    Oooh! This looks stunning, and it is a wonderful cake for kids birthday parties.
    I’m too lazy to attempt lengthy baking/ frosting procedures, now you are inspiring me to do so. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely cake recipe.

    • InspiresNish
      March 22, 2019 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks a lot Megala ,definitely a favorite at kids parties !! Happy to hear that you are inspired to try it as well. It sure is worth the effort my friend and my pleasure to share as always.

  • Ronit
    March 22, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Such a beautiful cake! Love Tres Leches cakes. 🙂

    • InspiresNish
      March 22, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks a lot Ronit . Yes the Tres Leches cakes are indeed wonderful!

  • Caz / InvisiblyMe
    March 22, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    5 stars
    Oh wow, this looks and sounds so soft, melt-in-the-mouth, delicate… Yum!! xx

    • InspiresNish
      March 22, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much Caz for the wonderful comment , it indeed tastes out of the world and a must-try!

  • Diane
    March 22, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    OH MY WORD!!!!!! I definitely copied this one…Thanks!

    • InspiresNish
      March 22, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much Diane for the wonderful comment , It sure is worth trying and am absolutely sure you will love it!

  • Manuela
    March 23, 2019 at 1:05 am

    5 stars
    It looks creamy and delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe and great photos!

    • InspiresNish
      March 23, 2019 at 2:25 am

      Many Thanks for the kind comments,appreciate it !

  • Lorelle Catalano
    March 23, 2019 at 4:29 am

    What a great celebration cake Nisha 🙂

    • InspiresNish
      March 23, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you so much Lorelle, it truly is great for celebrations!!

  • Smitha
    March 23, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    5 stars
    Oh wow! Looks incredibly delicious Nisha 😍

    • InspiresNish
      March 23, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you so much Smitha, appreciate it!

  • deepa
    March 24, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Wow. Seems lovely. Presentation looks nice n great for dates. Awesome Nisha. Way to go…

    • InspiresNish
      March 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment and appreciation!

      • deepa
        March 25, 2019 at 2:08 pm

        U r most welcome dear. My pleasure☺️

  • deepa
    March 24, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Wow. Seems lovely. Presentation looks nice n great for dates. Awesome Nisha. Way to go… Really I Inspries on N😊😊

    • InspiresNish
      March 25, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      Aww You are too kind . Many Thanks Deepa. I’m a fan of your recipes as well!

      • deepa
        March 25, 2019 at 2:07 pm

        Oh thank u dear.

  • Sandhya
    March 25, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Love tres leches cake and yours is a treat for the eyes and the tastebuds. Beautiful presentation and photos!

    • InspiresNish
      March 25, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Many Thanks for the wonderful comment Sandhya. It’s true Tres Leches is a favorite of many of us . Happy to hear that you loved the photos and presentation.

  • Richa
    March 25, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorites! And I usually have to hunt down a Mexican bakery here in Memphis to get the original taste! 😉
    Thank you do much for sharing the recipe, hopefully I will have the courage to try it out sometime!❤️❤️

    • InspiresNish
      March 25, 2019 at 11:21 pm

      Glad to hear it’s your favorite as well . It’s also not so easily available here in regular grocery stores in NC . I’d love to hear how it turned out if you make and it’s definitely worth a try!. Thank you so much for stopping by !

      • Richa
        March 26, 2019 at 4:30 pm

        My pleasure Nisha!❤️❤️

  • Chris Riley
    April 6, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I just made this, but as o e long cake. It was easy, and is yummie. Thanks for sharing.

    • InspiresNish
      April 6, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      Oh That’s wonderful Chris, it sure is a delicious cake ! Thank you for stopping by.

  • Ray
    May 10, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    I think it would took a whole day for me…to cook THIS HUGE CAKE 🙂
    Looks yummy 😋

    • InspiresNish
      May 10, 2019 at 1:45 pm

      Yes it is time consuming . I made sure to have plenty of time and made it over two days one day for baking and another for frosting , so that I need not be rushed. It was worth the effort and really yum. Thank you so much!

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