How To Bake Tres Leches Cake

A tres leches cake, also known as a pan tres leches cake, is a sponge cake soaked in three types of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. Tres leches is a very light cake with many air bubbles when no butter is used. Tres Leches Cake’s key ingredients are evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream.

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake Recipe

The most real Tres Leches Cake you'll ever taste. A light cake drenched in sweet milk and topped with fresh whipped cream and cinnamon. One of our favorites is this simple Mexican dessert!
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spain
Calories 433 kcal



  • cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • pic large eggs , separated
  • 1 cup  granulated sugar , divided
  • 1/3  cup  whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Milk Mixture:

  • 12  ounce can evaporated milk
  • 14  ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4  cup  whole milk

Whipped Topping:

  • 1 pint  heavy whipping cream
  • Tablespoons  powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using nonstick frying spray, grease a 913" pan.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing basin. Divide the eggs between two mixing bowls.
  • In the same bowl as the egg yolks, add 34 cup sugar and beat on high speed until the yolks are pale yellow. Stir in 13 cup milk and the vanilla extract. Pour the egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir gently (do not over-mix) until barely incorporated.
  • High-speed electric beaters should be used to beat the egg whites. As the whipped cream begins to form stiff peaks, gradually add the remaining 14 cup of sugar. Gently fold the stiffly beaten egg whites into the batter, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed, until completely incorporated.
  • In a small mixing dish, combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk. Poke holes all over the top of the cake with a fork once it has cooled.
  • Slowly pour the milk mixture over the cake's top, making sure to get close to the sides and all the way around. Allow the cake to soak in the milk by refrigerating it for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Meanwhile, beat the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract together until stiff peaks form. Smooth the top of the cake with a spatula. Cinnamon should be sprinkled on top. If desired, garnish with fresh sliced strawberries. Enjoy!


Nutrition Information:
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Fat: 22g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Cholesterol: 152mg
  • Sodium: 171mg
  • Potassium: 344mg
  • Sugar: 41g
  • Vitamin A: 865IU
  • Vitamin C: 1.7mg
  • Calcium: 242mg
  • Iron: 1mg
Keyword Tres Leches Cake

Final Thought:

Tres Leches Cake is an exceptionally light sponge cake soaked in a sweet milk combination that literally means “three milks.” It is widely consumed throughout Mexico and Latin America, as well as in the United States, where it is frequently served at Mexican restaurants. The cake resembles angel food cake in appearance. The extra airy and spongy texture comes from the whisked egg whites in the batter. After baking the cake, poke holes in it with a fork and pour three different types of milk over it: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and full milk, hence the name “tres leches.”

I'm Jennifer Tirrell, a self-taught baker, and founder of CakeRe. As an experienced baker and recipe publisher, I have spent over a decade working in the kitchen and have tried and tested countless baking tools and products. From classic cakes to creative twists, I've got you covered. So grab your apron and let's get baking!

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