3 Milk Cake Mexico

Prep Time
Cook Time
1d 1h 30m
Ready In

Recipe: #36152

December 24, 2020

"This particular one is from the region of Guerrero, the south Pacific state where Acapulco is located. Very involved recipe my oldest son dave likes tres leche cake alot"

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (311.6 g)
  • Calories 532.6
  • Total Fat - 20.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 549.5 mg
  • Sodium - 329.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 64.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.7 g
  • Sugars - 46 g
  • Protein - 23.8 g
  • Calcium - 211.9 mg
  • Iron - 3.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2

Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan.

Step 3

Sift the flour and baking powder together.

Step 4

In a large bowl

Step 5

Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until frothy.

Step 6

Add the sugar and beat to form stiff peaks,

Step 7

Another bowl

Step 8

Add the egg yolks

Step 9

Turn down the mixer to a slower speed and add one-third of the flour and one-third of the milk.

Step 10

Repeat until all the flour and milk are incorporated, then add the vanilla.

Step 11

Fold in egg whites

Step 12

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 13

Let cool for 5 minutes and remove from the pan.

Step 14

Cut the cake into 3 layers.

Step 15

In a bowl, combine the evaporated milk, condensed milk and cream.

Step 16

Stir in the brandy.

Step 17

Pour one-third of the milk mixture over the bottom layer of cake, set the middle layer on top,

Step 18

Pour one-third of the milk mixture over it

Step 19

Cover with the top layer of cake and pour the remaining milk mixture over it.

Step 20

To prepare the frosting,

Step 21

Beat the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar in a large bowl until the whites hold soft peaks.

Step 22

Set aside.

Step 23

Mix the water, sugar and lime zest in a small heavy saucepan.

Step 24

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until a candy thermometer registers 235 degrees or soft ball. Remove from heat

Step 25

And add to the beaten egg whites in a thin stream.

Step 26

Beat for 6 minutes or until the mixture is stiff.

Step 27

Cover the top and sides of the cake with the frosting and refrigerate until just before serving.


  • Candy thermometer

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Make sure to use fresh eggs when separating the egg whites and yolks.
  • For the frosting, use a candy thermometer to ensure the sugar reaches the correct temperature.

  • Replace the brandy with orange juice for a non-alcoholic version of the cake. This substitution will still provide a hint of sweetness and citrus flavor without the alcohol.
  • Replace the heavy cream with coconut cream for a vegan version of the cake. This substitution will still provide a creamy texture and tropical flavor, while being dairy-free.

Chocolate 3 Milk Cake Replace the vanilla extract with 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and add 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter before baking. For the frosting, replace the lime zest with 1/2 cup of cocoa powder.

Mexican Fruit Salad - A delicious and refreshing side dish that pairs perfectly with the rich 3 Milk Cake. It features a combination of tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and papaya, plus a hint of lime juice for an extra zing.

Chocolate Chili: A unique and flavorful dish that pairs perfectly with Mexican Fruit Salad. This dish features a blend of dark chocolate, chili powder, and other spices for a sweet and spicy flavor. The contrast of the sweet and spicy flavors makes it a perfect complement to the tropical fruit in the salad.


Q: How do I know when the cake is done baking?

A: To check if the cake is done, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.

Q: What is the best way to store a cake?

A: To store a cake, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in a cool, dry place. For best results, store the cake at room temperature.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: The Mexican city of Acapulco is famous for its delicious Tres Leches Cake. In fact, it is believed to have originated in the region of Guerrero, the south Pacific state where Acapulco is located.

Fun Fact 2: Tres Leches Cake has become a popular dessert in the United States, with celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber all enjoying it. It is also a favorite of former President Barack Obama!