Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 45 mins

Tres Leches Cake is a very moist cake filled with a mixture of "milks." It is a favorite Mexican and South American Dessert. I got the recipe from Chela, my housekeeper who is from Mexico. The Cake preparation includes 3 parts: the cake, the filling, and the frosting.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 13 x 9" cake pan with cooking spray (Pam).
  2. Mix cake ingredients together and pour into prepared cake pan.
  3. Bake for 45-50 minutes until knife inserted in middle comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  5. While the cake is baking, mix filling ingredients together and refrigerate.
  6. For frosting, whip cream until soft peaks form; blend in sugar gradually and add vanilla extract.
  7. When cake is done, allow to cool; then fill with milk filling.
  8. You can poke holes in the cake or use a flavor injector.(I use a syringe since I am a nurse).
  9. Frost with whipped cream and decorate.


Most Helpful

DELICIOUS! I used all ingredients and methodolgies as described in recipe. I used skewers to make holes all over the top right out of the oven. I then let it cool for 5 minutes and flipped it onto a cooling rack. I put more holes in the bottom. I then cut off all four sides. (I topped them with cinnamon and baked again making biscotti.) I returned to the 9 x 13 pan and let cool about 1 hour. I then poured the filling in little by little while schmearing / massaging it in with my hands. Twice, I poured the liquid that was in the bottom back into a measuring cup and repeated the massage / schmearing. Having done this, there was plenty of liquid in the cake and was the perfect texture to those I've had on my travels. DH and I had this the frst time on our honeymoon in Bonaire and I made this today to celebrate our anniversary.

SparkleKristy March 17, 2010

Y-U-M! I made this for my boss' birthday and he said that he has had 20 different versions of homemade Tres Leches and this by far is the best! Thanks for the recipe and to those who suggested doubling the milk filling... it came out perfect!!

angelbebe77 February 28, 2010

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