Tres Leches Cake Recipes, Hints & Videos

Tres Leches Cake Recipes, Hints & Videos

The origins of Tres Leches cake are in dispute as it is claimed by both Mexico and Nicaragua. The Nestle corporation also claims a hand in the development of this regional dessert during World War II in Mexico. In any case the original idea for soaking cake in liquids is probably of European descent as exemplified by such popular desserts as Tiramisu and rum cake.

A popular dessert in Latin America and the US, tres leches cake is generally made of sponge cake or a butter cake soaked in three types of milk; evaporated milk, condensed milk, and either whole milk or cream. In fact, the name "Tres Leches" translates into English as "three milk" In general this cake is a light cake with many holes in it which means when it's soaked in liquid, it still retains its light and airy texture without becoming soggy.

Tres Leches Cake Recipe

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This recipes creates the moistest cake you will ever have the pleasure of eating.



6 eggs

2 C. sugar

2 C. sifted flour

3 tsp. baking powder

½ C. of milk

Vanilla to taste (I use approx. 2 tsp.)

Las leches:

1 1/2 cans of condensed milk

1 1/2 cans evaporated milk (2 1/4 C.)

1 1/2 C. of heavy cream

3 egg yolks


Preheat oven to 350. Separate egg whites from yolks and beat the egg whites until they begin to form firm peaks. Gradually add the sugar, by tablespoonfuls, adding the next when the previous has been mixed in. After the sugar, add the yolks one at a time, beating after each one is added. Add the sifted flour with the baking powder, alternating with dashes of milk. Add vanilla to taste. Pour into a high cake mold, greased and place it in the middle rack of the oven. I usually use a deep 9 x 13 inch Pyrex or castaway aluminum foil pan. Bake for 45 minutes without opening the oven. (if you have a powerful oven, this may be reduced to 40 minutes) When finished, remove from oven and poke extensively with a fork so that the milk mixture can penetrate. Mix all of leches ingredients well and pour gradually and evenly over the cake, allowing the milk to filter into the interior of the cake.

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