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Premium Tres Leches Cake Recipe
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Premium Tres Leches Cake

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"Three forms of leche, or 'milk,' are poured over a baked cake to create its signature indulgence. Cake mix and ready-to-spread frosting make it easy."

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  • PREP

    15 mins

    1 hr 55 mins


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease and flour or spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan.
  2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
  3. Bake 29 to 35 minutes or until edges are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes. Poke top of hot cake every 1/2 inch with long-tined fork, wiping fork occasionally to reduce sticking.
  4. In large bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk, whole milk and whipping cream. Carefully pour evenly over top of cake. Cover; refrigerate about 1 hour or until mixture is absorbed into cake. Frost with frosting.
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Jan 26, 2009

Our family loves tres leches cake. This is a quick way to make one. This is not a very "wet" cake if you like it really soaked in milks. And I agree with others...tres leches cake needs to be topped with real whipped cream (not cool whip, not frosting). Buy 1 pint of whipping cream, use 1 cup for the recipe and whip the rest. Add a touch of vanilla and a sprinkle of powdered sugar and frost. A pint will be exact amount for recipe ingredients plus whipping. My husband is Mexican and says it is as delicious as his family's favorite bakery, if not better.

Jan 26, 2009

MMMMMMMMM, is all I can say about this cake!! I made the cake part as written, but changed up the 'milks' a bit to get a more "wet" cake. I used one whole can of evaporated milk, plus one can of sweetened condensed milk plus 1 cup of half and half, plus one tsp vanilla. I also frosted the cake with sweetened whipped cream (1 1/2 Cups whipping cream plus 1 1/2 tsp vanilla and about 3 or 4 Tbs conf sugar) This is quite possibly one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth! And really quick and easy too!

Sep 20, 2008

Using the frosting overwhelmed the tres leche flavor.

Dec 11, 2008

This is a very simple recipe and quite tasty too! However, I do prefer the cake to be topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit rather than the suggested whipped frosting. All in all it's a great recipe sure to be enjoyed.

Mar 23, 2009

I used to buy an authentic tres leches cake from a girl I worked with in a mexican restaurant. My family just loved it. When my daughters birthday came around she wanted one so I thought I'd give it a try myself. I found this easy recipe and will forever make my own. The only differeces I made were: instead of using "heavy whipping cream" I used regular milk; instead of using "ready made frosting" I used a ready made whipped cream (like cool whip). I cooked the cake (mix) using the round pan option, then I soaked the bottem layer and spread whipped cream and layered fresh strawberries on top, after that I put the second layer on and poured the rest of the milk mixture on. I let the whole thing soak overnight. Before serving I "frosted" with whipped cream and decorated it with fresh/sliced strawberries (check out my pic! It's the one with the "18") Everyone ate it and complained they only got one piece!

Feb 09, 2009

This recipe is slightly wrong. The topping should be freshly whipped cream. I always add fruit such as peaches, strawberries, or pineapple inside the cake and a few on top. When making it for kids I use marschino cherries.

Jan 04, 2009

This cake is AMAZING. The fact that you can use cake mix is a huge time saver as well. I made this for new years and got rave reviews from friends. The cake is so moist and delicious and so easy to make-it's even good without the frosting. I will definitely make this again.

Aug 13, 2011

I made this for a latino girl's birthday celebration and she thought that it was good...not quite as nice as the kind she gets in her home country but it hit the spot.


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  • Calories
  • 415 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 59.1 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 17.4 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 5.9 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 339 mg
  • 14%

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

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