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Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Delicious Tres Leches cake recipe. A must try Mexican dessert
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Dessert,, Homemade, Mexican, milk, milk cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 474kcal


  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar (divided)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 14 oz condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup whole milk


  • Fresh fruit
  • Cool whip or homemade whip cream

Homemade whip cream

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 2-3 TBS granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 325°
  • Place your egg yokes in a mixing bowl or KitchenAid. Beat egg yokes for 2-3 minutes on medium high.
  • Add ½ cup pineapple juice, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 cup sugar.
  • Add 1 ¼ cup flour, sifting the flour in ¼ cup at a time. Mixing with a spatula. Set aside.
  • In clean KitchenAid bowl or mixing bowl beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form. Between 1-2 minutes. Add ½ cup sugar to egg whites.
    addding egg whites to egg yokes
  • Add egg white mixture to yoke mixture. Using a spatula, carefully fold them together.
    carfully folding in egg whites to yoke mixture
  • Spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray and pour in your cake mixture. Bake for 55-60 minutes.
  • Once your cake is done, poke holes in the top using a fork or skewer.
  • Allow cake to cool
  • In a large bowl combine 12 oz evaporated milk, 14 oz condensed milk and ⅔ cup whole milk. Whisk together and pour over the cake, taking care to get around the edges.
    pouring milk onto tres leche
  • Set your cake in the refrigerator and allow the milk to soak into the cake. At least 2 hours, but overnight tastes even better.
  • Add your whipped cream and top with your favorite fruit.
    tres leche cakes on wood table

Homemade whip cream

  • Pour 1 pint heavy whipping cream into a bowl and mix on medium high speed.
  • Add 1 tsp. vanilla and 2-3 TBS granulated sugar. Continue to mix until medium to stiff peaks form.
  • Add your whip cream, top with fresh fruit. Chill and serve.


Our favorite topping is fresh strawberries with toasted coconut flakes, but you can also use:
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Rasberries
  • Toasted coconut flakes
  • Cinnamon
  • The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will very based on different brands of ingredients that are used along with cooking methods. 


Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 857IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 1mg