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tres leches cake

Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Tres leches is a notoriously delicious cake. It's simply a sponge cake soaked in three different kinds of milk, and topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 people


  • Baking dish
  • 4 bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric hand mixer
  • Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Pouring cup
  • Knife


  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs (separated)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup milk or water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup strawberries


  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine egg whites with 3/4 cup of sugar and mix with electric mixture until stiff peaks are formed. Add vanilla extract, mix, and set aside.
  • Combine egg yolks and 1/4 cup of sugar and mix with a whisk until it turns light brown.
  • Add egg yolk mixture to dry mixture and mix until well combined.
  • Fold egg white mixture into the bowl.
  • Add milk or water and mix until fully combined. Set aside for baking.
  • Butter the baking dish.
  • Pour mixture into baking dish and bake for 25 minutes at 350°.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Using a knife, cut along the edges to remove cake from dish.
  • Clean dish and return cake to dish.
  • Poke several holes all around the cake using a fork.
  • Combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole in a pouring cup.
  • Slowly pour entire mixture onto the cake. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine heavy whipping cream and sugar and mix with an electric hand mixture until thick peaks form.
  • Top the cake with whipped cream and enjoy!



  • Fold the egg white mixture into the rest of the ingredients to avoid removing all the air whipped into the egg white mixture.
  • Pour the milk into the cake slowly and evenly, and don't forget the edges!
  • Once baked and cooled, be sure to remove the cake from the baking dish to make it easier to remove later during serving.