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    Tres Leches Cake

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    1 hrs 10 mins

    15 mins

    55 mins

    Chicagopm's Note:

    This recipe was given to me years ago. I like to take it to potluck and parties. It's really simple to make and everyone enjoys it.

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    9x13 in ...

    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 (18 ounce) package yellow cake mix or 1 (18 ounce) package white cake mix
    • 3 eggs (or as called for by your cake mix) or 3 egg whites (or as called for by your cake mix)
    • 1/3 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
    • 1 1/3 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated skim milk
    • 1 (15 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 (8 ounce) container prepared whipped topping


    1. 1
      Prepare cake mix as directed on the box.
    2. 2
      Pour cake batter into prepared 9 x 13 inch pan.
    3. 3
      Bake cake as directed.
    4. 4
      Cool cake.
    5. 5
      Poke holes in the cake (a drinking straw works well).
    6. 6
      Combine the 3 milks in a saucepan with the vanilla and heat almost until boiling.
    7. 7
      Distribute milk mixture evenly onto the cake.
    8. 8
      Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled (overnight is best).
    9. 9
      Prior to serving, cover the top of the cake with the prepared whipped topping.
    10. 10
      Sliced fruit or colored sprinkles/sugar can be added for a decorative touch.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 25, 2008


      really good cake. i am giving it a 4 only because after having had the real thing, this one does sort of taste a bit 'cake-mixish' to me. i wanted to take this to a party today and was running out of time so i made this recipe instead of trying it from scratch. everyone loved the cake - it was super moist and just plain lovely. my only complaint is that a little bit of the liquid pooled around the base of the cake despite overnight refrigeration. v. good cake though . thanks chiagopm. :)

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    • on February 28, 2008

      this cake is easy and tasty. depending on the occasion, i have altered this cake by cutting the cake in half and spreading guva jam , then putting the top back on to then poke the holes to then spread the milk mixture topping. strawberry jam also works well for the center.

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    • on December 28, 2007


      This is my favorite cake and all of my lage Latino family loves it too! I made it for Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE hit. I made it exactly to the recipe and then topped with cool whip. The day after I tasted it and it was even better! The milk had completely soaked in, not just on the bottom. I will make again, 2 days before I plan to serve it!

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    Nutritional Facts for Tres Leches Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (2303 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 5482.3
    Calories from Fat 2219
    Total Fat 246.6 g
    Saturated Fat 85.4 g
    Cholesterol 1019.4 mg
    Sodium 4932.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 711.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.6 g
    Sugars 511.9 g
    Protein 116.3 g

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