tres leche cake


While a couple of girlfriends and I were in Miami a few weeks ago, we discovered the most irresistible Latin dessert. It is a dense vanilla cake soaked in a milk syrup called the Tres Leche Cake. So I was inspired to replicate this delightful treat. Originally I had planned to make cupcakes but then the syrup worried me. I felt like the paper cup would not be able to contain the syrup and it would be messy to eat in. So I decided to use ramekins-- which turned out to be a bad idea too. The batter was amazing and I knew it would be a very fluffy cake but the ramekin didn't allow the bottom to bake at the same speed as the top. The top half was amazing with the moistness from the milks but didn't have enough pockets to soak up the milk and it didn't have enough heat to rise. I was very disappointed but we live and learn, right? The recipe I married together from two tres leche recipes was great, I will definitely try this again in a regular cake pan or cupcakes.

tres leche cake

  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour cake pan.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add in egg yolks one at a time. Then add vanilla and milk.
  3. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  4. Whip the egg whites until stiff peak. Fold into the cake batter until well incorporated.
  5. Pour into prepared cake pan. Bake until set and test with a toothpick.
  6. While the cake is cooling, mix together the evaporated milk, condensed milk and 1/3 cup of heavy cream.
  7. With a toothpick, poke randomly into the cake. Gradually pour the milk mixture onto the cake. Wait for each pour to absorb into the cake before continuing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  8. Whip the whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar together. Frost the top of cake with whipped cream.


  1. Use silicone baking cups if you want to make a cupcake version.

  2. Great suggestion. I'll have to get some.

  3. mmmm...looks yummy!

  4. I love tres leches.. my friend's mom has a secret tres leches recipe she won't share with me!


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