5 from 2 votes
tres leches cake
Tres Leches Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Tres leches cake, also known as pastel de tres leches, is a sponge cake soaked in 3 kinds of milk, popular in Latin America.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Latin American, Nicaraguayan, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 people
Author: Mike Benayoun
For the dough
  • 5 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
For the cream
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • cup milk
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
For the topping
  • cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Strawberries (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Pour baking soda into the flour previously sifted.
  2. Separately, beat the butter and sugar for a few minutes.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract and continue beating.
  4. Gradually add flour / baking powder mixture and continue beating.
  5. Pour into a large buttered gratin dish.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Prick the cake with a fork. Cool for at least 20-30 minutes.
  1. Mix the three milks and pour the mixture over the dough gradually. The dough should absorb all the liquid.
  1. Beat the whipping cream with an electric mixer. When it begins to thicken, add the sugar and vanilla extract and continue beating. Cover the cake with this cream.
  2. You can garnish the tres leches cake with fresh strawberries.