Tres Leche Cake (or the most calorific thing I have ever made…)


I kid you not, I think this is the possibly the most calorific cake I have ever made. And I regret not one bite of it! It is moist, with a springy but substantial mouth-feel, and rich without being heavy. I’d serve this as a pudding rather than an afternoon tea treat, with a little bit of additional cream. Not the traditional version, but utterly gorgeous 🙂


Three Milk (Tres Leches) Cake
1 cup white sugar
5 eggs – yolks and white separated
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup (or one small can) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup evaporated milk 
A sprinkling of desicated coconut

Mixed berries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch by 13 inch baking dish.

Beat the egg yolks with 3/4 cup of sugar until light in colour and double in volume. Mix in milk, vanilla, flour and baking powder. Set aside.

In a small bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining ¼ cup sugar. Beat until firm but not dry. Folk egg whites gently into egg yolk batter mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees 35 to 40 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Cook cake completely; place on a serving plate. Use a 2 prong meat fork or skewer to puncture entire surface of cake. 

Mix together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and ¼ cup of the whipping cream. Slowly pour the milk mixture over the cake until absorbed. Take your time and wait between applications so the milk doesn’t run over the sides. The cake really will absorb all the milk.

When all the milk has been absorbed, and the cake is fully cooled, store in the refrigerator. When ready to serve sprinkle with coconut and cover in sliced and whole berries and serve chilled. 


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Minimummy on 06/08/2014 at 13:11

    I love a good Tres Leches Cake!!! Though I came across it while visiting Albania, where it is surprisingly popular! I hold fond memories of sitting cross legged on the floor with my sister in law, a spoon each and one cake!!! It is slightly different over there as they top it with a kind of caramel sauce (you thought it couldn’t get more calory laden!!) that I have never been able to replicate at home- though you have certainly set off a craving…. blow the diet, I know what I’m making this afternoon!


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