Authentic Tres Leches Cake

This treat is the Latin American Tres Leches Cake that is adored by many individuals who are enthusiasts of sweet confections. This is a soft sandy moist cake per excellence due to the inclusion of three kinds of milk, resulting to its luxurious texture. In this article we are going to learn about the history of tres leches cake, the ingredients for the recipe, the steps in preparing the popular dessert, as well as additional tips in preparing the masterpiece before serving it to the family and friends.

Tres Lechescake is a tasty delicacy that originated from Spain and is now popular in many countries, including the Americas.

The history of Tres Leches Cake which is also known as the three milks cake is a little unclear but many countries of Latin America like to world this cake to be originated from them. Although it can be found in various countries, Mexico and Nicaragua are the two with which it is most closely identified. The tasty cake is said to have become famous in mid 20th century when recipes of the same emerged printed on the labels of condensed milk cans across Latin America. This cake is simply delicious and rich in taste; perhaps due to the lack of complicating flavors, but rich nevertheless in simple, moist sweetness that is perfectly complemented by cream.

The Essential Ingredients

To prepare a real Tres Leches Cake, one has to be precise with the spices which are used to cook the cake and the effects they will have on the cake’s taste and consistency. Here are the essential components:Here are the essential components:

For the Cake:

Flour: Colin Campbell’s flour is obtained from wheat and is an all-purpose flour that will be used to make the cake.

Sugar: Whereas the refined or granulated sugar is used for sweetening purposes.

Eggs: The binder in the preparation is the egg which adds structure and thickness.

Baking Powder: Baking powder is used to make the cake fluffy through the process of rendering some air bubbles within it.

Salt: Conclusion – a dash of salt lifts the flavor.

Vanilla Extract: For a more enhanced flavor, try using purely vanilla extract.

For the Milk Mixture:

Evaporated Milk: This milk is not the usual liquid milk but more like whipping cream, which also contributes to the creation of the cake.

Sweetened Condensed Milk: This gives s We also sweeten and enrich it.

Whole Milk: Whole milk also makes a perfect combination with the two other types of milk, and forms a pack of three.

For the Topping:

Heavy Whipping Cream: Cream is whipped to complete the preparation of the topping.

Powdered Sugar: This is what sweetens the whipped cream.

Vanilla Extract: Called into the recipe to enhance the flavor of the whipped cream.

Step-by-Step Preparation

Though the Tres Leches Cake preparing process is divided into a few stages, it is not very complicated. Here is a detailed guide to creating this delectable dessert:Here is a detailed guide to creating this delectable dessert:

  1. Preparing the Cake


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Heating the oven to 350 makes for an ideal baking temperature for the icing sugar, baking powder, butter, eggs, sugar, and flour which are the ingredients required to make the biscuits. Preheat the oven and prepare a 9 x 13 inch baking dish for baking.

Mix dry ingredients: In a medium size bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt to mix uniformly.

Beat egg yolks: Cream together the egg yolks and ¾ cup of sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until the mixture is pale in color and fluffy. Gradually add the milk followed by the vanilla extract.

Combine dry and wet ingredients: Begin to slowly add the flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture gently mixing until just incorporated.

Beat egg whites: In a separate bowl, use a mixer and beat the egg whites until they are foamy and have some peak. Slowly incorporate the rest of sugar- 1/4 cup and keep beating until you see stiff peaks.

Fold egg whites: Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter until the final mixture is free of visible eggs whites.

Bake: Transfer the batter to the baking pan prepared, and spread it on the base evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes with a toothpick in the center to be sure that it is clean. Remove cake to  oven and let it cool in the baking pan.

  1. Preparing the Milk Mixture


The preparation of the cream mixture requires one can of 12 ounces evaporated milk.

  • 1 can ~14oz~ sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk


Mix the milks: Add the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk in a large measuring cup or a medium-large mixing bowl and whisk until combined.

Poke the cake: It is important to wait until the cake cools before you poke holes over the surface using a fork. This enables the milk to absorb into the cake so that it does not remain raw at the bottom when fully baked.

Soak the cake: It is then gently poured over the cake and let it seep in slowly and soak the cake well. Place the lasagna seam side down on the tray and cover with aluminum foil before refrigerating for at least 2 hours or overnight for the best outcome.

  1. This scene shows how to prepare the whipped cream topping that is to be added on the fruit mixture to enhance the taste and look of the desert.


  • heavy cream – 1 cup
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Whip the cream: In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream ,sieved powdered sugar and vanilla extract, at high speed so that the mixture attains stiff peaks.

Spread the topping: Carefully pour the whipped cream over the cake and ensure that it covers the entire surface of the cake that was soaked with the juice.

To make the perfect tres leches cake, make sure to try these tips:

Use room temperature ingredients: This makes it possible to reduce the chances of having patches and in addition, improve on the texture.

Do not overmix: This is why overmixing the batter can make the cake very dense and heavy. Blend until dry ingredients are moistened and the wet ingredients are blended into the dry.

Let it soak: The cake is best served soaked for over night in the milk mixture for it to be well flavored and moist.

Chill before serving: To make the cake a good dessert you have to serve it cold.

Garnish creatively: Finally, to make the cake colorful and delicious, add fresh fruits such as strawberry or mango on the cake top.

Some of the variations of the Tres Leches Cake are as follows:

  1. Coconut Tres Leches Cake

Substitute whole milk used in the milk mixture with coconut milk and sprinkle the top with toasted coconut balls.

  1. Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

When making the batter mix cocoa powder with the dry ingredients and when making the milk mixture cocoa powder can also be included to make the cake have a rich chocolate flavor.

  1. Coffee Tres Leches Cake

Add strong brewed coffee or espresso to the milk combination for a mocha type cake delicious for a coffee lover.

Serving Suggestions

Tres Leches Cake is better served with some form of an accompaniment and one such option is listed below.

Fresh Fruits: Tres Leches can be best eaten with slices of fresh berries or tropical fruits including mangoes and pineapples.

Cinnamon: Finally, while the cake is still hot, gently dust the top with a little amount of ground cinnamon to add to the warm appearance and taste of the cake.

Caramel Drizzle: Another sweet layer of caramel sauce can then be poured over the whipped cream.

Conclusion: A Timeless Classic

Tres Leches Cake is an excellent and traditional sweet dish made with three different kinds of milk and a moist blend of cake. The soft feel when pressed between the fingers and its palatable taste has made it popular in most kitchens and functions. As you saw in this article, armed with the right information and some simple tricks, you can make a Tres Leches Cake that will retain all its identity and make everyone who tastes it greens with envy.

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