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Easy Tres Leches Cake

4.58 from 82 votes
My Easy Tres Leches Cake recipe is engineered to be light-as-air and the best it possibly can.
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Hi Bold Bakers!

Let’s talk about my Easy Tres Leches Cake (Pastel de Tres Leches)! This recipe is pure gold. Imagine a light-as-air sponge cake soaked with a mixture of three kinds of milk: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk. Thus, the name “Tres Leches.” Initially created in Mexico, this Latin America creation is sweet creamy bliss!

What Makes This Tres Leches Cake So Good

My Easy Tres Leches Cake is engineered to be the best it possibly can. The most important part of my recipe is that the structure of the sponge cake is able to hold up while absorbing the three kinds of milk. This means the sponge needs to be full of air bubbles! These air bubbles will then be filled with liquid without becoming weighed down or soggy.

Why Whip the Egg Whites AND yolks

The way to create a super airy light sponge cake is through whipping lots of air into not just the egg whites, but the yolks as well. This is really the secret to a strong sponge. After I bake off my super light sweet sponge, I poke the cake all over with a tiny toothpick to ensure that there are lots of little nooks and crannies to be filled. Then I combine my 3 kinds of milk.

 

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Do The Types Of Milk Matter?

Each milk plays an important role in Pastel de Tres Leches, from condensed milk (which adds sweetness and syrupy texture) to whole milk (which is super rich and creamy). After the cake has fully absorbed the three kinds of milk, I generously cover it with fresh whipped cream then dust it with cinnamon — it’s literally the icing on the cake.

Can you think of anything cake more rich and creamy than this Easy Tres Leches Cake?

Tips and Tricks to Making the Best Tres Leches Cake

  • Start with room temperature eggs, as they will whip up to be even lighter in less time.
  • Don’t be tempted to use reduced fat milk, full-fat milk is really important to the richness and flavor of this cake.
  • When folding the egg whites and yolks into the batter, use a large wide metal spoon — do not use a spatula.
  • To properly fold the eggs into the batter, use broad scoops from the bottom of the mixing bowl to the top, working in a circular motion. Take your time here and don’t be tempted to stir. 
  • To really elevate the flavor of the cake and set off the richness of the 2 kinds of milk, generously dust the top with cinnamon.
  • No need to sweeten the whipped cream that tops the cake, the 3 kinds of milk add all the sweetness the cake needs.

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Easy Tres Leches Cake Recipe

4.58 from 82 votes
My Easy Tres Leches Cake recipe is engineered to be light-as-air and the best it possibly can.
Servings: 12 -14
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr
My Easy Tres Leches Cake recipe is engineered to be light-as-air and the best it possibly can.
Servings: 12 -14

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (5oz/142g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs , at room temperature, separated
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup (2 1/2floz/75ml) whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup (2floz/60ml) whole milk
  • For the whipped topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups (12floz/340ml) heavy whipping cream
  • ground cinnamon , for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) then grease a 9x13 inch cake pan. 
  • In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Separate the eggs yolk and whites into two separate bowls.
  • Using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer whisk the egg yolks on high speed. Slowly stream in 3/4 cup sugar to the bowl with the egg yolks. Whip until thick and pale in color. 
  • Continue whipping and add the 1/3 cup milk and vanilla.
  • Next, add in the dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined. Don't over-mix as it can toughen the cake. Transfer mix to a clean bowl and wash out the mixing bowl. 
  • Back on the stand mixer, fitted with a whisk, beat the egg whites on high speed until light and foamy. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar as you mix and continue beating until stiff peaks.
  • Remove from the mixer and gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolk batter until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk in a jug. 
  • Once the cake has cooled slightly use a toothpick to poke holes all over the top of the cake. Slowly pour the milk mixture over the top of the cake, making sure to pour near the edges and all around. I do this in two stages until it's all soaked up. 
  • Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour but preferably overnight to allow it to soak up the milk.
  • When ready to serve, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Smooth the whipped cream over the top of the cake. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy!
  • This cake will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

 

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Gabrielle
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Gabrielle
18 days ago

THE BEST TRES LECHES RECIPE!! Everyone loved it!!

Divya
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Divya
24 days ago

Can the be made with the egg substitute?

Nayda
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Nayda
1 month ago

Thank you for the recipe! It came out delicious! Question… what could be a reason why my cake deflated minutes after taking it out of the oven? it was my first time baking anything! Thanks for any tip

BBWELLS
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BBWELLS
1 month ago

Gemma I made the cake and let it stay in the refrigerator for an hour before I cut into it, couldn’t wait!! 😉 My question is when I cut into it I still got some liquid when I sliced it. Just wondered if I leave it in he refrigerator overnight will the res of liquid be absorbed into the cake? Should I have not cut into it so soon?

C
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C
1 month ago

Hi Gemma, the whipping cream that I was able to buy is 1L carton – Anchor Whipping Cream. Could you pls advice on how to properly store the excess? Sources from the internet says that it can be frozen but the carton says to use it within 3days after opening and DO NOT FREEZE. Could you please advice? This cream is quite expensive here and I hope not to waste almost half of it. Thanks a lot.

NonnaLinda
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NonnaLinda
2 months ago

Oh I do love your recipes, your videos, your cookbook! I haven’t seen if you’ve done Cannoli? I’d love to see your take on those and other Italian specialties, like Ricotta Pie and Sesame cookies!

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Carlos Ivan Malo Lopez
2 months ago

Hi Gemma ,I live in Ambato

WENDYZ
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WENDYZ
2 months ago

Hi Gemma,

Your recipes are always so easy and make me look like a pro.

This recipe tasted absolutely FAB!!!

Thank you.

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline
3 months ago

HI Gemma
I’ve just discovered your website whilst searching for a lemon meringue cake. Do you have the metric measurements for your recipes as I work in grammes and litres.
Regards
Jacqueline

daisy parker
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3 months ago

it looks delicious. I have to try it.

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