Mexican Tres Leche Cake

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  • Sift together the flour and baking powder.
  • In another bowl, cream 1 cup of sugar and the butter until well blended.
  • Add the eggs and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and beat until foamy.
  • Gently fold in the flour mixture, gently mixing until the batter is smooth.
  • Pour into a lightly greased square cake pan and bake in a preheated oven (350°F) for 30 minutes; allow cake to cool.
  • Whisk the condensed milk, evaporated milk, milk and rum together until well blended.
  • Pour mixture over the cake.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  • Whisk the heavy cream until it begins to thicken.
  • Add 1 teaspoon sugar and vanilla extract, and continue whisking until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread this cream over the top and sides of the cake.
  • Cut into squares.

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  1. chutneyluv
    I've made this cake twice. It's so delicious and you can't get enough. I baked the cake for 45 mins. at 325 degrees in a 7.5"x12" Pyrex pan and it was perfect. After baking, I poked holes all over the cake with a fork so the liquid would soak in. I substituted 1 TBSP vanilla for the rum.
  2. Titanium Chef
    This is very good. The first time I forgot to put the plastic wrap over the soaking cake, and we ended up with a cake float. The second time I followed the instructions explicitly and it turned out fine. Note to eaters: this is also very good without the frosting... try a little whipped cream and fresh berries on top... YUM. Thanks for posting Mille®™!
  3. justicejones
    Made it according to directions- but wanted the round shape that other people were posting so I baked it in a 10" springform pan- 60 minutes at 325. Cake was delicious and I'll definitely be making this one again. Thank you!
  4. klincko
    This cake tasted great and received many compliments. I made it the evening before a party. By the time I took it out of the pan, the next day it was quite soggy (more like flan than cake). It looked fine after I frosted it and garnished it. I think next time though I will use a little less milk and make it the day of my party.
  5. micro_ang
    Had the same problem as in another review, my pan was too small. Also followed the advice of poking holes with a skewer to help the tres leche sink in, probably wouldn't have had to do this if I owned a bigger pan! This cake is SOOO yummy though and worth the effort!!!


  1. chutneyluv
    I've made this cake twice. It's so delicious and you can't get enough. I baked the cake for 45 mins. at 325 degrees in a 7.5"x12" Pyrex pan and it was perfect. After baking, I poked holes all over the cake with a fork so the liquid would soak in. I substituted 1 TBSP vanilla for the rum.


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