Tres Leches (Three-Milk Cake)

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

Dairy products effectively neutralize the heat of chilies. Cool off after a spicy Mexican meal with this cake. This is my most requested tres leches recipe and the simplest to make!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, with a mixer on high speed (use whip attachment if available), beat eggs and sugar until thick and pale yellow, 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, mix flour and baking powder.
  3. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add flour mixture in small increments and beat until smooth.
  4. Scrape batter into a buttered 9 by 13 inch baking pan.
  5. Bake in a 325 degree oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, in a blender, whirl condensed milk, evaporated milk, regular milk, Kahlua, and vanilla until well blended.
  7. Pour evenly over hot cake; let cool about 15 minutes, then cover and chill until cake has absorbed all the milk mixture, at least 3 hours, or up to 1 day.
  8. Cut cake into squares or rectangles, lift out with a wide spatula, and set on plates.
  9. Top each piece of cake with a spoonful of whipped cream and garnish with strawberries.


Most Helpful

To anyone making this cake, or any tres lehes cake, instead of poking it with a fork to absorb liquid, I simply turn the cake over on alumminum foil straight out of the oven and let it cool completely. When it is done cooling the top of the cake comes off and exposes the top. I then soak it and it absorbs the milk beautifuly.

379576 November 12, 2010

WOW!!! I love this recipe. My knowledge of Tres Leches was limited to seeing one on Good Eats on the Food Network. I am so glad I decided to make one. Everyone I shared this cake with wanted the recipe. I made one slight change in the preparation. I did not have Kahula so I upped the vanilla and added some almond extract. This is one recipe I intend to make again.

LIer March 09, 2009

This cake was fantastic. Instead of kahlua or coffee (not a fan), I added Bailey's Irish Cream. Mmmmmmmm. I served it with the whipped cream on the side and presented it with bowls of strawberries, blueberries and rasberries and let my guests make their own combination. It was a huge hit. To get the milk into the cake, initially, I used a pastry brush then realized that it would suck up liquid fairly quickly, but I did pour it slowly, all around the edges and the middle. I didn't want to lose that moisture.

seaton1 May 24, 2008

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