Tres Leches & Cream Cake

Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr

My sister's favourite cake. This one only took three tries to get everything right, but WOW. A new family favourite that made a splash with its 2007 Christmas dessert table debut. (Note: This is NOT a traditional recipe, this MY interpretation of a traditional recipe. Therefore, this recipe DOES NOT and WILL NOT ever correctly include "goats milk" because I don't like it, and I don't cook with it.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make cakes a few hours ahead, cream sugar and yolks together until light yellow.
  2. Add flour and baking powder, stir to combine.
  3. Add 8 tablespoons water. Stir.
  4. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, fold into batter.
  5. Pour into two 10-inch, greased spring-form pans.
  6. Bake at 325°F, until browned on top, about 35 minutes. Do NOT under bake.
  7. Allow to cool, remove from pans.
  8. Whisk together condensed, evaporated, and whole milk, with vanilla.
  9. Put one cake on serving platter, poke holes with fork.
  10. Pour 1/2 the milk mixture, slowly, over cake, until absorbed.
  11. Dissolve the gelatin in the 2 tablespoons of cold water.
  12. Whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  13. Microwave gelatin for 7-10 seconds, until warm and fluid.
  14. Add to cream, whipping constantly, until stiff peaks form.
  15. Frost the soaked cake layer with whipped cream.
  16. Sprinkle top with cinnamon.
  17. Place the second layer on top of the frosted layer.
  18. Pierce with fork, gently pour remaining milk mixture over cake, slowly, until absorbed.
  19. Frost cakes with remaining whipped cream.
  20. Garnish with cherries.
  21. Refrigerate overnight, serve cold.
Most Helpful

I've tried the recipe myself and found it deligthful and easy to make. As anyone can see by the name, it's a three milk cake. Feel free to choose your milk, be it goat, sheep, rat, or sperm whale -(Any mammal will do.) There are so many variations in Latin America that one can hardly dismiss the recipe for the lack of goat's milk. Try it yourself before commenting.*** MY taste buds say Yak! I've been a mammalian all my life and am fluent in several animal calls. You should try Yak Milk. :)

FoodLoverDam January 03, 2008

Just by reading the ingredients.. it's wrong. Yes, tres leches has 3 milks..but you are forgetting an important milk.. the goat's milk. Addendum to the person that made the comment... I did make this AS DIRECTED by the recipe. It didn't taste right. BEFORE I rated the recipe. For fairness! However, I made it again with the goat's milk it makes a HUGE difference with the richness of the recipe. I lived 6 years throughout Central and Southern America and that was how they made it.. yes tres leches means "3 milks" (I do speak 7 dialects of Spanish) but it was not right for MY tastebuds

Phoenix Food Queen January 03, 2008