Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake, or “Three Milks Cake,” is a classic Latin American dessert known for its moist and spongy texture soaked in a mixture of three different types of milk. Here’s a simple recipe for Tres Leches Cake:


For the 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

For the Three Milks Mixture:

  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup whole milk

For the Topping:

  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • Ground cinnamon or grated nutmeg for garnish (optional)


1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking dish.

2. Make the Cake:

  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with 3/4 cup of sugar until the mixture is pale and slightly thick. Stir in the milk and vanilla extract.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.

3. Beat Egg Whites:

  • In a separate clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and continue beating until glossy and stiff peaks form.

4. Fold and Bake:

  • Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter until well combined. Be careful not to deflate the egg whites.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it evenly.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

5. Make the Three Milks Mixture:

  • While the cake is baking, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole milk in a bowl.

6. Soak the Cake:

  • Once the cake is out of the oven and while it’s still warm, poke holes all over the surface using a fork or toothpick.
  • Pour the three milks mixture evenly over the warm cake, allowing it to soak in.

7. Chill:

  • Refrigerate the cake for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow it to absorb the milk mixture.

8. Top and Serve:

  • Before serving, spread whipped cream over the chilled cake. Optionally, garnish with ground cinnamon or grated nutmeg.

9. Slice and Enjoy:

  • Cut the Tres Leches Cake into squares and serve chilled. Enjoy the moist and indulgent flavors!

Tres Leches Cake is a delightful and popular dessert that’s perfect for celebrations and gatherings.

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