Tres Leches Cake

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Recipe: #34819

April 28, 2020

"Recipe source: Pati's Mexican Table cookbook prep time does not include chilling time (2 hours) and cake can be assembled 3 days ahead and refrigerated"

Original is 10-12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (413.9 g)
  • Calories 650.4
  • Total Fat - 33.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 14.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 857.2 mg
  • Sodium - 460.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 52.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.1 g
  • Sugars - 33 g
  • Protein - 34.5 g
  • Calcium - 294.7 mg
  • Iron - 4.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

To make the cake: preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 13 inch pan and line with parchment paper

Step 2

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the egg white on medium high speed for 3-5 minutes or until there are soft peaks. Reduce heat to medium and add in sugar, baking until there are stiff peaks and set aside. Clean beaters.

Step 3

In another bowl of the electric mixer add egg yolks and beak on medium high for 5 minutes or until yolks are pale yellow. Add vanilla and beat for another minute.

Step 4

Fold egg yolk mixture into the egg whites -- do not deflate the whites. In another bowl combine flour with the baking powder and fold into the egg mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, mix in well. Batter will be streaky.

Step 5

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean. Place cake on wire rack to cool.

Step 6

Invert cake onto the rack and remove pan and paper. Cover cake with an upside-down platter large enough to hold cake and the sauce that will be placed on the cake -- invert again so cake is right side up. Using a fork, poke holes all over the top of the cake.

Step 7

To make the sauce: In a bowl combine all the milks and vanilla and stir to blend. Pour sauce all over the cake. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or up to 3 days).

Step 8

To make the whipped cream: in a bowl of an electric mixer whip the cream at medium speed for 5 minutes or until soft peaks form. Reduce speed to low and add the confectioners sugar and then increase mixer speed to medium high and beat until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream over the top and sides of cake.

Step 9

To serve: slice cake and spoon berries on top of each serving or on the side.


No special items needed.

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.

  • When selecting strawberries, look for ones that are bright red and have a fresh scent.
  • Make sure to use room temperature eggs for the best results.

  • Substitute almond milk for whole milk: Almond milk is a great substitute for those who are lactose-intolerant or vegan. It is also a healthier alternative to whole milk, as it is lower in calories and fat.
  • Substitute coconut milk for evaporated milk: Coconut milk is a healthier alternative to evaporated milk, as it is lower in calories and fat. It is also a great option for those who are lactose-intolerant or vegan.

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake In a bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1/4 cup boiling water. Stir until combined and let cool. Add to the egg yolk mixture and mix until combined. Substitute 1/2 cup of the flour with 1/2 cup cocoa powder and proceed with recipe as directed.

Churros: Crispy fried dough sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, churros are a classic Mexican dessert that pairs perfectly with Tres Leches Cake. The sweetness of the churros balances out the richness of the cake, creating a delicious combination.

Flan: Flan is a traditional Spanish custard dessert that pairs perfectly with churros and Tres Leches Cake. The creamy texture of the flan complements the crunchiness of the churros and the sweetness of the cake, creating a delightful combination of textures and flavors.


Q: How long can I keep the Tres Leches Cake in the refrigerator?

A: The cake can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Make sure to cover it with an upside-down platter so the sauce does not dry out.

Q: What is the best way to serve the Tres Leches Cake?

A: The cake is best served chilled, either straight out of the refrigerator or slightly warmed in the microwave. Sprinkle with cinnamon or cocoa powder for added flavor and presentation.

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Fun facts:

Tres Leches Cake is believed to have originated in Nicaragua, and is popular throughout Latin America. It is a favorite of celebrities such as Eva Longoria, who has been known to serve it at her dinner parties.

In 2019, Tres Leches Cake was named the official dessert of the state of Texas. It was chosen to represent the state's diverse culture and its long history of Mexican-American cuisine.