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How to Make Tres Leches Cake
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How to Make Tres Leches Cake

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"Tres leches cake is a cake soaked in a sweet milk syrup and topped with whipped cream. If you want to get really fancy, spoon some diced strawberries and syrup over the cake. It's really moist, delicious, and simple."

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Original recipe makes 1 10x15-inch cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    3 hrs 45 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 10x15-inch baking pan with vegetable shortening.
  2. Combine yellow cake mix, eggs, water, vegetable oil, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer until very smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Scrape batter into the prepared baking pan. Smooth the top of the batter, shake pan, and tap lightly on counter 2 or 3 times to eliminate air bubbles.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 22 minutes. Let cake cool in the pan at least 30 minutes. Poke holes all over the cake with a bamboo skewer or the handle of a wooden spoon.
  4. Combine evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and half-and-half in a large bowl; slowly pour milk syrup all over the cake. Syrup will soak into cake. Wrap cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours (or preferably overnight).
  5. Whip cream with sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer until cream is fluffy; spoon whipped cream over cake.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Feel free to use a 9x13-inch baking pan.

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Sep 17, 2014

I made this for my boyfriend's birthday. I added coconut extract on the milk syrup. It turned out delicious and so yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

Mar 14, 2015

This is the easy way of making a tres leches cake...I grew up hating it but after having a random craving for it and trying this recipe, I am in love like never before! The only thing that I changed was using white cake mix and sprinkling cinnamon and a cherry on top. Can't wait to make it again for company!


8 Ratings

Apr 15, 2014

This was fabulous!!! Everyone loved it

Jan 31, 2015

This recipe is perfect. I wouldn't change anything about it. I used the Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla Cake Mix and it turned out really good. The cake is delicious and so moist. Husband didn't want any kind of fruit on top so I just spread some homemade whipped cream on top and it is fabulous. The tres leches cake is now officially my favorite cake!

Jan 06, 2014

Just made this for the first time, no complaints here. It was great. Thanks again for another great one Chef John, and thanks to your mother as well!

Jul 07, 2015

I got so many compliments on this cake. It would have been even better with "real" whipped cream but after the "tres leches" I couldn't bring myself to do more than whipped topping. I did use a white cake mix. I really questioned the amount of liquid I was pouring on the cake but after sitting overnight it had absorbed all of it. Yummy!


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  • Calories
  • 564 kcal
  • 28%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 62 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 123 mg
  • 41%
  • Fat
  • 31.1 g
  • 48%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 10.7 g
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 414 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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