Tres Leches Cake

Description :

Translating to “three milks,” tres leches cake is a Latin American favorite. A light sponge cake that is soaked in a milk mixture for at least an hour, it’s basically the original poke cake. The perfect light and airy treat to enjoy all summer long, follow our tres leches cake recipe to ace this delicious dessert.

Ingredient :


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 c. granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled


  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar


  • 1/4 c. cinnamon-sugar
  • sliced strawberries, for serving

Direction :

  1. Make the cake: Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9"-x-13" baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In another large bowl using a hand mixer, beat together egg yolks and 1 cup of sugar until stiff ribbons trail behind beaters, then beat in vanilla and set aside.
  3. In a third large bowl using a hand mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form then gradually add in remaining 1/4 cup sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  4. Add yolk mixture to dry ingredients and beat together. Add in milk and melted butter and beat until combined. Gently fold in egg whites until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean, 30 minutes. Let cool.
  5. Meanwhile make filling: In a medium bowl whisk together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, milk, and vanilla. Using a fork, poke holes all over cake, then pour milk mixture evenly over cake. Cover and place in refrigerator until all of the mixture is absorbed, at least 1 hour.
  6. When ready to serve make whipped cream: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat together heavy cream and sugar until stiff peaks form. Frost cake with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Serve with strawberries or other fresh fruit.

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