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Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Total Time 9 hrs

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Tres leches means three milks and refers to the syrupy mixture of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and cream that's poured over the cake.


  • 5 eggs
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 14 - ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12 - ounce can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 2 3 - inches stick cinnamon (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Quartered strawberries


  1. Separate eggs; allow egg whites and yolks to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in an extra-large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees .
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until yolks are pale yellow and doubled in size, about 3 minutes. Add whole milk and vanilla; beat 1 minute more. Pour yolk mixture over dry ingredients; fold together with a rubber spatula until combined.
  3. Thoroughly wash and dry the large bowl and beaters, then beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl when beaters are lifted). Add the brown sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Gently fold egg whites into the batter until just combined. Spread batter evenly in a greased 3-quart rectangular baking dish.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, 1/2 cup of the whipping cream and the cinnamon sticks (if using). Bring just to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until reduced to 3 cups, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. If the pan doesn't have a pour spout, transfer the mixture to a 4-cup measuring cup or small pitcher.
  6. Using a paring knife or skewer, pierce the cake all over. Slowly pour half the milk mixture very evenly over the cake, going all the way to the edges. Wait 1 minute, then repeat with remaining milk. Let cake cool to room temperature, then chill, covered, for 8 to 24 hours.
  7. To serve, beat the remaining 1 1/2 cups cream and the powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream over cake. Top with strawberries, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

(Tres Leches Cake)

Servings Per Recipe 12, fiber (g) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, cal. (kcal) 428, vit. A (IU) 912, iron (mg) 1, pro. (g) 9, calcium (mg) 230, chol. (mg) 153, Thiamin (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 23, vit. C (mg) 2, carb. (g) 49, Niacin (mg) 1, sat. fat (g) 13, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, Folate (µg) 40, Monounsaturated fat (g) 7, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, sugar (g) 38, Potassium (mg) 291, sodium (mg) 204

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