Translating to three milks cake, Tres Leches Cake is a traditional Mexican sponge cake that's soaked in, you guessed it, three kinds of milk, for the ultimate moist, decadent cake. Think of it as a poke cake that we've lightened up with this easy recipe. Source:, April 2017

Carolyn Casner


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Beat eggs, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or with a hand-held electric mixer) on medium-high speed until very light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Add half the flour mixture; mix on low speed until combined. Add milk and then the remaining flour mixture; mix until just combined. Evenly spread the batter into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake the cake until lightly browned and springs back when gently pressed in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 25 minutes.

  • Whisk condensed milk and evaporated milk in a medium bowl. Poke holes all over the cake with a fork. Slowly pour the milk mixture over the cake and around the edges. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

  • Just before serving, beat cream in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Spread the whipped cream over the cake. Top with strawberries, if desired.


Tip: To bring eggs to room temperature set them out on the counter for 15 minutes or submerge (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water for 5 minutes.

To make ahead: Prepare through Step 4 and refrigerate for up to 1 day; finish with Step 5 just before serving.

Equipment: 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish

Nutrition Facts

190 calories; total fat 6.3g 10% DV; saturated fat 3.6g; cholesterol 50mg 17% DV; sodium 164mg 7% DV; potassium 277mg 8% DV; carbohydrates 26.8g 9% DV; fiber 0.5g 2% DV; sugar 20g; protein 5g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; vitamin a iu 333IU; vitamin cmg; folate 23mcg; calcium 141mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 16mg; added sugar 15g.

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Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was a hit! I really liked the reduced sugar and full flavor. Also I beat the eggs and sugar with a hand mixer and folded in the dry ingredients rather than using a stand mixer and the cake retained its fluffiness for those who don't use them;-) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This lighter version of Tres Leches is so delicious! I like that it's not nearly as sweet as the original but still as moist. Read More