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Light and Airy- Tres Leches Cake

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Light and Airy- Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake- Pastel de Tres Leches

Tres Leches Cake (c)2009 Chelsie Kenyon licensed to About.com
This version of Pastel de Tres Leches or "Three Milk's Cake" (known in the U.S. as "Tres Leches Cake") is not quite as rich and dense as traditional Pastel de Tres Leches is. This fluffy cake is soaked in three types of milks in the typical style, and topped with decadent fresh whipped cream.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder- aluminum free
  • 6 large eggs- carefully separated into yolks and whites
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cream Syrup for Soaking (see recipe below)
  • Whipped Topping (see recipe below)


Sift (or mix thoroughly) the flour and baking powder together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks until they become frothy. Whisk the sugar, milk and vanilla into the yolks.
In a chilled mixing bowl, begin to whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. While the whites are whipping, mix the yolk mixture into the flour mixture by folding it in with a large wooden spoon.
Then, use a large spatula to begin to fold the yolk mixture into the egg white mixture a little at a time. Do this carefully as to leave the batter as fluffy as possible. Immediately pour into a greased and floured 9x13 baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes at 325 degrees. If you insert a toothpick into the center, it should come out clean.

Let the cake cool until it feels room temperature, at least one hour, if not longer. Pierce the cake with a fork 20-30 times.

Cream Syrup

  • evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon rum or brandy (optional)

Whisk together the three milks and the rum or brandy if you are using it. While the cake is in the pan, slowly pour the liquid over the cooled cake. Refrigerate for three hours, or overnight if possible.

Whipped Topping

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

In a chilled mixing bowl add heavy cream, vanilla and sugar. Beat on high speed until peaks form. Spread a thin layer over the cake.

Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon or garnish with fresh berries.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
This cake is soooo yummy!, Member ReneeK352

I've been making a slightly different version of this cake for a few years and everyone absolutely loves it! The major difference between the recipe I use and this one is that mine also uses coconut milk in the soaking syrup, and then I toss some toasted coconut atop the whipped cream. I'll make this version of tres leches cake next time since I've been wanting to try it with macerated strawberries.

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