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Tres Leches Cake

Tres leches cake reminds me of celebration! Every year for my Dad's birthday we would purchase a cake that looks very similar to this tres leches cake. It's a special cake that is good for any occasion!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 Servings



  • Unsalted butter for the pans
  • cups all-purpose flour plus more for the dusting cake pans
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 full teaspoon fresh ground Mexican cinnamon or regular cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs separated
  • cups sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla Citrus Liqueur Tacua or Grand Marnier

For Icing

  • 3 cups heavy cream plus 6 tablespoons of sugar
  • *you will need 1 1/2 pints of fresh strawberries


Directions For Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter and flour two 8-inch cake pans and then line the bottom of each with parchment paper. Butter the paper as well.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, and using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until frothy. With the mixer running, gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, blending well after each addition. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the whole milk in two additions.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 22 to 26 minutes or until knife or cake tester inserted comes out clean. Let cool slightly in pan; then invert one cake onto a platter with 1/2 sides. You need a platter with sides to accommodate the sauce that will run off.
  • Pierce the top of the warm cake all over with a thick skewer. Mix the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream and liqueur, and pour 1/2 of the mixture slowly over cake. Spread 1/2 cup of raspberry jam(or preserves) over the top. Place other cake on top, pierce and pour remaining milk mixture over the top. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours or overnight. Prepare icing the next day. Add  sliced strawberries and serve. Store in the refrigerator. 

For Icing

  • Using an electric mixer,  whip 3 cups heavy cream with 6 tbsp sugar until thick and spreadable. 


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