Tres leches cake

Tres leches cake is something new to me as I have not tasted it before. The description of the cake made me feel that it would be a moist cake worth a try. This is the first time I am making it. Lili announced thisΒ tres-leches-cake-challenge, in the spirit of having fun and supporting each other! I thought it was a good opportunity to try this cake.

Tres Leches cake This cake is made using a Sponge cake, milk filling, and cream topping forming 3 layers. Four types of milk, or ‘leche’, are used in the filling and topping (whole milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream).

I found many recipes using a lot of eggs (5-6) to make this cake. I do not enjoy strong egg flavour in my cakes. So, I decided to cook up my own recipe to create this cake with less eggs. I tried to modify a recipe I used to make my Swiss roll here.

I increased the flour and sugar to get a thicker sponge cake. It worked beautifully as I got a very spongy cake which could absorb all the milk filling. Butter is not used in this cake but the flavour is compensated by the addition of all different milks.

Spongy cake


  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sifted sugar powder (icing sugar is fine)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Whisk eggs at room temperature and powdered sugar with a wire whisk.
  2. Beat the mixture with an electric mixer for 5 minutes on high speed for it to turn fluffy.
  3. Then beat for 2 minutes on low speed to foam.
  4. Add sifted all purpose flour and fold in gently about 10 times with a spatula.
  5. Add milk and fold for about 50 times.
  6. Pour the batter into a parchment paper lined baking pan.
  7. Drop tray gently on counter top to release any air bubbles trapped under.
  8. Bake it in a preheated oven at 350Β° F for 30-35 minutes.
  9. When baked, remove from oven and drop it gently on counter top to prevent shrinking.
  10. Remove cake holding the parchment paper and cool on a rack.

Filling and topping

  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • a small piece of milk chocolate
  1. Transfer cake to a rimmed plate.
  2. Poke the cake with the tines of a fork.
  3. Take warm whole milk and dissolve condensed milk and add evaporated milk to it. Mix well.
  4. Pour this gently over the cake and allow it to soak for 1 hour.
  5. Whip the cream with the sugar until it forms soft peaks.
  6. Spread it evenly on soaked cake and decorate with milk chocolate.

Make sure to prepare this cake well before you want to serve it. The longer it soaks in the milky mixture, the better it gets.

CakeWhipped cream is used as a topping. After the cake was soaked in the milk mixture, I topped it with whipped cream and sprinkled some chocolate bits to decorate it.

ToppingThis cake when soaked in milk has a unique flavour very different from all other cakes. It is a light and fluffy cake often called, Three milk cake.

Tres leches cakeThis an extremely moist, sweet cake. It just melts in your mouth and the taste is amazing! I served this to our guests and they were very pleased with this dessert. It is a milk lovers treat!


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42 Responses to Tres leches cake

  1. As a Mexican I am quite familiar with tres leches cake and yours looks great! I love the way you served it. It’s been a while since I had a piece.

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  2. Jhuls says:

    Gotta check out that challenge – it sounds exciting. πŸ˜€ I haven’t tasted this cake, too. This looks so yum! πŸ™‚

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  3. Simply damn delicious tree leches cake!!!

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  5. skd says:

    This looks extremely moist and delicious. I can imagine the dessert spoon gliding smoothly in the cake.πŸ‘β˜Ί

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  6. It looks delicious! I love your idea of adding the chocolate too!

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  7. Cheryl Dowling says:

    yummy! Looks so delicious!


  8. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, Cheryl! It tasted delicious too!


  9. Nina says:

    Gorgeous! I feel like having a slice right now. The chocolate flakes are a marvellous idea πŸ˜‰

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  10. tentimestea says:

    Beautiful! I do love that swiss roll cake recipe, and it’s great to hear you were able to adapt it to fit your needs for this cake as well!

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  11. coconutcraze says:

    I liked that Swiss roll recipe and its texture so much. So I meddled with the measurements to make a taller sponge for this cake. Thank you, ten.times.tea!


  12. Whisked Away says:

    Wow, these look delicious and beautiful! Glad to have found your blog, looking forward to following along!

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  13. They look like such beautiful little cakes! I bet they taste amazing too πŸ™‚ love the flavour combination!

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  14. Wow this is something new to me – looks damn delicious Sridevi….

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  15. Reblogged this on Eclectic odds n sods and commented:

    Alright, sometimes, just sometimes you find a recipe that you have to share with the whole wide world. Doesn’t this look yum?

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  16. This looks amazing, I am drooling and have shared it with my readers, I was gong to keep it to myself but that would be very selfish of me lol. Thank you for joining in to FF #68, Justine x

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  17. Ginger says:

    This is stunning – I love the way you cut it up, those little pieces of cake look absolutely adorable!


  18. coconutcraze says:

    Oh, those cute pieces are only for the picture. We gobbled them in large chunks and still longing for more! Thank you, Ginger!


  19. Lily says:

    what a fabulous recipe, I love the simplicity of the sponge cake and all the different milk flavors in the filling, pinned for later!


  20. coconutcraze says:

    Do try it! You will surely become a fan of this cake, just like me!


  21. tildy1 says:

    Sounds so goooood!

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  22. I am a fan of this cake just from looking at your pictures. Lovely recipe πŸ™‚

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  23. coconutcraze says:

    Looks are not deceptive here, Judi! It tastes good and a special experience of eating a milky cake! Thank you, aunt juju!


  24. Sounds soooo tempting, all drenched in milk and cream!


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