Tres Leches Cake

Hello and welcome!

This week I made a Tres Leches (3 Milks) Cake and I thought it would be a good idea to share my recipe and tell how to make it for those who have never tried to or are looking for a new cake recipe try. You may know what it is, but for those who don’t, it’s a vanilla cake soaked with 3 types of milk commonly made in Mexico or Latin countries. (Half,evaporated and condensed). You can use your own recipe for a simple white cake, but if you need one here is one below!

Here is the recipe below for one layer:

  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking powder
  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2  Cup Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt

For the Milk Mixture:

  • 1 Cup of Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Half and Half Milk

In addition you will need fruit to decorate the cake and put inside the filling/whipping. I usually use strawberries for the whipping layer or peaches are also common to use.

When I did my cake, I made it two layer so if you plan to do the same then make two batches of the cake mix.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Then while you mix, add the egg whites one by one, the milk and vanilla extract.

Step 3: Grease the pan ( I personally prefer using butter since when the time comes to take them off, they come out easier.)

Step 4: Add in the cake batter and pour into the pan so it is just a little bit over half the way full and put into the oven for 30 minutes.

Step 5: After the 30 minutes, take the pan out and let it cool while you make the whipping and prepare the milk mixture to soak it in. To make it cool faster then put it in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

Step 6: Make your whipping as you usually do. I use refrigerated whip cream that you can buy at the store and just whip in the blender until it is ready

Step 7: To make the milk mixture we are soaking the cake, in a medium bowl pour in the half and half milk and evaporated milk and mix. Little by little, pour in the condensed milk and mix every thing well.

Step 8:  After your cake is cooled down and your whipping is done, grab your sheet of cake and cut of just barely some of the top and pour over gently and slowly the milk mixture.

Step 9: After it is soaked evenly, put a layer of whipping over it and then you can either add chopped strawberries or peaches. I usually will add chopped strawberries since they are more traditional. After wards add the next layer of cake and repeat step 8.

Step 10: Cover the whole cake in whipping and decorate as you like!

When I made my cake, I made some chocolate ganache decorations to make it prettier and added some strawberries, peaches and cherries as well all around.


This is one of my favorite cakes to make of all time and it taste delicious! I hope you guys try it out soon because you are missing out of all this goodness. If you make it, tell me what you think and leave comments below! Thank you for reading!


4 thoughts on “Tres Leches Cake

  1. Abigail Kunk

    Hey Dallanna! I love that you posted a recipe for tres leches cake! I always get this when I’m visiting family in Miami. Your cake looks gorgeous! I have only ever gotten it in a small container, not as an entire cake, but yours is great and seeing the picture makes me want to try to make this on my own. I would love to try it with many different fruits each time! Which are your favorites? I will definitely make this soon, even though it looks challenging.


    • dallannaescutia

      Hello, and thank you for you kind comment. I’m glad you have tried it before. It can be a challenging cake at first but once you make it, it is all totally worth it and you get the hang of it easily. I usually like to use strawberries and kiwis on my cakes. I hope you get the chance of trying soon!


  2. Zahra

    For food day in my spanish I class last year, someone made a tres leches cake. It was very delicious and instantly became one of my favorite desserts. Is it something you make often? Your cake looks very delicious and professional.


    • dallannaescutia

      Thank you!! I’m glad you like it because it is one of my favorites too. I do make it quite often, but mainly for birthdays or celebrations.It is quite a popular cake so they are different version, but I like mine to be just sweet enough.


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