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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
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Cool Cake 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 16 minutes
Servings 10 Servings



  • 1 tbsp 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 optional
  • 4 large eggs separated at room temperature
  • 11/4 cups sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk at room temperature
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract

For Icing

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 5 tbsps sugar
  • *you will need 1 1/2 pints of fresh strawberries if using


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. If using a 13X9 pan, there is no need to line with parchment paper.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, and using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until frothy and white. With the mixer running, gradually add the sugar and beat until loose peaks form and it looks glossy. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, blending well after each addition.
  • Now mix in the flour and milk, alternating each ingredient. Mix in 1/3 of milk, Then mix in 1/2 of flour, mixing well after each addition. More milk, then the other half of the flour. You will finish with the last of the milk. Mix just until incorporated, do not over mix.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake for 22 to 26 minutes or until knife or cake tester inserted comes out clean. If preparing the layered round cake, let cool slightly in pan, then invert one cake onto a platter. 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. If preparing 13x9 cake leave in pan and pierce as instructed.
  • Mix the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream and vanilla, and pour 1/3 of the mixture slowly over first layer of cake. Spread 1/2 cup of raspberry jam(or preserves) over the top. Place other cake on top, pierce and pour 1/3 more of remaining milk mixture over the top. In the 13x9 version, pour 2/3 of the milks over the entire surface evenly. Spread raspberry spread 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.  Add  sliced strawberries(or other fruit) and serve. Store in the refrigerator. 


19X9 pan cake with whipped toppingThanks to the many chefs and homecooks that share their favorite family recipes to be enjoyed by everyone!!!