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Tres leches cake is the best Mexican dessert you ever tried

A cloud of soft butter cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture topped with whipped cream. You can serve these on special occasions like Thanksgiving, Cinco de Mayo or a dinner party. Ready to learn how to make tres leches cake? Let’s get started! 

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In case you never heard or had this cake before what is tres leches cake? This recipe is a dessert that is made with a butter cake or with vanilla muffins.

It is topped with a milk mixture that consists of:

  • Condensed sweet milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Heavy milk or cream that has about 10-12% fat 

That is why it is called tres leches because it is made with three types of different milk.

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Where can you find tres leches?

There is a debate that this dessert originates from Mexico or Nicaragua as Nestle started to advertise their condensed milk in Latin America and used this recipe on the back of a can of milk.
 
That is probably the reason why this recipe is so popular in Latin America and there are lot more countries where you can find this sweet dessert.
 
You can find this milk cake in the following countries:
  • Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • Cuba
  • Panama
  • Guatemala
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican republic
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • Nicaragua
  • Venezuela

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Tres leches cake ingredients

To make this milk cake recipe you need an extensive number of ingredients. So put the following items on your grocery shopping list: 

  • Flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Egg
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Vanilla

Milk mixture:

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How to make tres leches cake

This tres leches dessert is made muffin style but you can also make it in a sheet pan. Start with the cake mix.

Put all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl so the flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar and salt and whisk to combine. 

Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the bowl. Use a whisk to beat in the butter until the flour mixture resembles sand.

You can make this recipe by hand which I did or use a mixer on medium to low speed 

Now add the egg and continue to whisk it through the flour mixture. Then add the yogurt, the milk, and vanilla extract to the mixture as well.

Continue to whisk the cake batter for about a minute until you have a light fluffy batter. Preheat the oven to 325 ℉ and spray your muffin shaps with cooking spray.

Pour the cake mix into the muffin shapes or jars and bake the cake for 25 minutes or until a bamboo skewer comes out clean.

Take the skewer and punch holes in the cakes. These holes are needed to soak the milk. 

Let the cakes cool completely.  

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Make the tres leches milk mixture

Whisk the condensed milk, evaporated milk, and half & half together in a large measuring container. Then in a separate bowl put in the cream.

Add sugar and whisk it until you have solid creamy whipped cream. Then pour the tres leches milk mixture over the cakes.

It may seem that this is too much milk but let the cake absorb the milk and add more milk. Let them chill for 2 hours.

Top the dessert with the whipped cream and sprinkle some cacao powder.

Your dessert is ready to serve.

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How long does tres leches cake last?

When you have made this cake and you drenched the cake with milk you can top it with whipped cream. Put it in the fridge to let it set.
 
Now you can easily keep it in the fridge for 4 even 5 days. It tastes the best when you serve this dessert within two days but it still tastes amazing after four days.
 
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Can you freeze tres leches cake

Yes, you can freeze your tres leches cake. Do not yet pour the milk mix on the cake but freeze the cake separately.

When you want to use it let the cake get to room temperature before you let the cake soak with the milk mixture. 

I hope you love this tres leches dessert as much as I do!

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Looking for the best Mexican dessert? Try this tres leches cake. Super easy to make tasty and filled with 3 types of mil and whipped cream. Great dessert for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo or a dinner party. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #treslechescake #dessert #treslechescakerecipe
Looking for the best Mexican dessert? Try this tres leches cake. Super easy to make tasty and filled with 3 types of mil and whipped cream. Great dessert for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo or a dinner party. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #treslechescake #dessert #treslechescakerecipe
Looking for the best Mexican dessert? Try this tres leches cake. Super easy to make tasty and filled with 3 types of mil and whipped cream. Great dessert for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo or a dinner party. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #treslechescake #dessert #treslechescakerecipe
Looking for the best Mexican dessert? Try this tres leches cake. Super easy to make tasty and filled with 3 types of mil and whipped cream. Great dessert for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo or a dinner party. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #treslechescake #dessert #treslechescakerecipe
Looking for the best Mexican dessert? Try this tres leches cake. Super easy to make tasty and filled with 3 types of mil and whipped cream. Great dessert for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo or a dinner party. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #treslechescake #dessert #treslechescakerecipe
Looking for the best Mexican dessert? Try this tres leches cake. Super easy to make tasty and filled with 3 types of mil and whipped cream. Great dessert for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo or a dinner party. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #treslechescake #dessert #treslechescakerecipe

How to make tres leches cake

Serves: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 25 minutes
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Looking for the best Mexican dessert? Try this tres leches cake that is made with a cloud of soft butter cake topped with 3 types of milk and whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon yogurt or quark
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 small egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Tres leches milk mixture
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/5 cup half & half
  • FOR THE GARNISHES
  • 20ml whipped cream with 1 tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Put all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl whisk to combine
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the bowl. Use a whisk to beat in the butter until the flour mixture resembles sand
  3. Add the egg and continue to whisk it through the flour mixture. Then add the yogurt, the milk, and vanilla extract to the mixture as well
  4. Continue to whisk the cake batter for about a minute until you have a light fluffy batter. Preheat the oven to 325 F and spray your muffin shaps with cooking spray
  5. Pour the cake mix into the muffin tin or jars and bake the cake for 25 minutes or until a bamboo skewer comes out clean
  6. Take the skewer and punch holes (about 10 holes per muffin) in the cakes. These holes are needed to soak the milk 
  7. Let the cakes cool completely. Whisk the condensed milk, evaporated milk, and half & half together in a large measuring cup. Then pour the tres leches milk mixture over the cakes
  8. It may seem that this is too much milk but let the cake absorb the milk and add more milk. Then let the cakes chill for 2 hours.
  9. Then put the cream in a large bowl. Add sugar and whisk it until you have solid creamy whipped cream, Top the cakes with the whipped cream and sprinkle with cacao powder
  10. Serve the cakes

Notes

You can make this recipe by hand which I did or use a mixer on medium to low speed

Nutrition facts

Calories: 300; Fat: 15g; Carbs: 35g; Protein: 6g;

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Looking for the best Mexican dessert? Try this tres leches cake. Super easy to make tasty and filled with 3 types of mil and whipped cream. Great dessert for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo or a dinner party. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #treslechescake #dessert #treslechescakerecipe

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