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Tres Leches Cake

This classic Tres Leches Cake from scratch will blow your mind! Soft, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth sweet sponge cake, soaked in 3 milks and topped with whipped cream!

This classic Tres Leches Cake from scratch will blow your mind! Soft, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth sweet sponge cake, soaked in 3 milks and topped with whipped cream!

INGREDIENTS

For Cake

  • 6 large eggs separated
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar (for egg whites)

For Milk Sauce

  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
  • 12 oz evaporated milk (1 can)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-3 tbsp rum

Optional Toppings

  • 16 oz whipped cream (I used cool whip)
  • cocoa powder
  • berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare oven:Preheat your oven to 375 F degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Make batter:Separate the eggs, placing the egg whites in a bowl for later. In another bowl add the egg yolks, the 2/3 cup of sugar, vanilla extract and beat with a mixer on high speed until the mixture is thick and pale. Should take about 2 minutes.
  3. Into another bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add about half the flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture and whisk until well combined. Whisk in the milk, then add the remaining flour mixture and whisk well. The cake batter will be quite thick.
  4. Beat the egg whites with a mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Add the 3 tbsp sugar and continue beating for another minute until sugar is well incorporated. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter.
  5. Bake:Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes  or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake for 10 minutes.
  6. Prepare the milk:While the cake is cooling, prepare the milk sauce by whisking all the milk sauce ingredients into a bowl.
  7. Pour milk over cake:Pierce the entire surface of the cake with a fork. Slowly pour the milk mixture over the entire cake, evenly. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours to overnight.
  8. Assemble:Top the cake with whipped cream, cocoa powder and berries, if preferred.

 

RECIPE NOTES

  1. If you don’t want to use rum, then just leave it out of the recipe. An extra teaspoon of vanilla can be used as a substitute if you wish.
  2. Beating the egg whites separately is important to create the air pockets needed to absorb the milk mixture.
  3. Total time does not include time to chill the cake. It all depends on how long you let it chill.
  4. As you can see in the video I used white vanilla extract, but regular vanilla extract works just as well.
  5. Refrigerate leftover cake for up to 5 to 7 days.
  6. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Tres Leches Cake

 

2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    BEST authentic homemade Tres Leches Cake. An ultra-light cake dipped in a sweet milk mixture and decorated with fresh whipped cream and cinnamon. This simple Mexican dessert is one of our favorites!WHAT IS TRES LECHES?
    Tres leches literally means “three milk” and tres leches cake means an ultra light sponge cake dipped in a sweet milk mixture. Tres leches cake is a popular cake in Mexico and Latin America. This easy cake recipe really won’t be a Cinco de Mayo celebration!

    The cake is similar to an angel food cake. The whipped egg whites in the dough make it extra light and spongy. The name “tres leches”, since after cooking the cake, you make holes in it with a fork and pour three types of milk on top of evaporated milk, condensed milk with sugar and whole milk.HOW TO STORE TRES LECHES CAKE:
    Store the Tres Leches Cake in the refrigerator after closing it with a plastic wrap or a safe lid. It is best to keep this cake for a few hours or overnight before serving to get a chance to wet the cake’s milk mixture.

    If you have leftovers, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    CAN YOU MAKE TRES LECHES CAKE FIRST TIME?
    Yes, you can make the Tres leches cake 1-2 days in advance. In fact, I love making this cake the night before, so there is a chance to soak some of the milk spilled on the cake. You can also hide it with whipped cream or wait to fill it with whipped cream before serving.

  2. 5 stars
    Tres Leches Cake.BEST authentic homemade Tres Leches Cake. An ultra-light cake dipped in a sweet milk mixture and decorated with fresh whipped cream and cinnamon. This simple Mexican dessert is one of our favorites!

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