Sunday 16 March 2014

Tres Leches Cake Recipe [Three Milk Cake] – Mexican Cake/Tres Leches Cake with step by step photos

This Tres Leches Cake is a special Mexican cake, I did for my girl’s birthday as an exotic treat and also to celebrate my 400th post. I thank each and every one of you to have encouraged me, supported me and helped me reach to this point. Before going into tres leches recipe, I would love to share a few things about this dense, moist, delectable and fantastic cake. Tres Leches Cake is a sponge cake, soaked in three different kinds of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream. This tres leches cake does not use butter, but it is a very light cake, with lots of air bubbles. It has a unique texture, despite of being soaked in the three milk  mixture, it does not have soggy consistency.

Here's how to make Tres Leches Cake with step by step photos....

All-purpose flour/Maida
1 cup
Baking powder
1 ½ tsp
¼ tsp
¾ cup + 1 ½ tbsp.
Vanilla essence
1 tsp
1/3 cup

Three Milks
Evaporated Milk
1 can [12 ounce]
Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 can [14 ounce]
Heavy cream or Milk
¼ cup
Preparation time: 40 minutes                             Recipe Course: Main Course
Baking time: 35 to 40 minutes                            Recipe Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 24 -26
Author: Priya Anandakumar

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Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F. Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan liberally with non-stick spray or line it with parchment paper.

In a wide bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Add the salt to the flour and mix well.

Separate the egg whites to one bowl and egg yolks to another bowl.

Beat the egg yolks with ¾ cup sugar on high speed until the yolks are pale yellow.

Add the milk and vanilla essence to the egg yolk mixture.

Now add the flour mixture and stir very gently well combined without any lumps.

Beat the egg whites on high speed unil soft peaks form. Now add 1 ½ tbsp. of sugar and beat until the egg whites are stiff but not dry.

Now fold egg white mixture into the batter very gently until combined.

Pour the mixture into the baking pan and spread it evenly.

Bake it for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool.

Meanwhile combine condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream in a bowl. I have used regular milk instead of heavy cream, but still the cake was rich and delicious.

When cake has cooled, pierce the surface of the cake several times with a fork.

Now slowly pour the combined milk over the top of the cake and reserve about ¼ cup of milk to be used when serving the cake. [You can keep the cake in the baking pan and pour the milk, since it was for birthday, I had to transfer the cake to another deep glass square bowl. This is totally optional.]

Allow the cake to absorb the milk mixture for about 45 minutes. You will not believe the cake will drink all the milk and it is so soft, moist and ready. 

Now spread the whipped cream on top of cream. Since it was a birthday cake, I decorated cake and we enjoyed it.

If not slice out a piece of the cake, spoon out some of the reserved milk, spread some whipped cream and serve the delicious, rich and moist cake.

  • I have not used heavy cream when making the milk mixture, I have replaced it with the regular milk.
  • The actual recipe uses about 3 tbsp of sugar in the egg white mixture, but I felt it was really sweet. So I used about 1 ½ tbsp. of sugar when whisking the egg white.

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  1. Belated birhtday wishes to Harshini.. :)

    Congrats on the 400th post akka.. :) lovely recipe...kudos for your effort and work :)

  2. Lovely cake, looks so inviting that want to grab one

  3. Congrats on your 400th post. Love to grab the cake; the recipe is too good. Perfect for kids birthday parties.

  4. Congrats sis .....What a beautiful cake it is...looks too yumm.

  5. Congrats on your 400th post dear ..Belated wishes to ur cute daughter Harshini :) Awesome cake dear !!

  6. Cake looks awesum....... Congrats and keep going !!!

  7. Congrats dear... Nice to see your 400th post... Keep rocking... Belated wishes to Lil one... The cake looks fantastic...

  8. congrats on ur 400th post, belated birthday wishes to ur kid, cake is rocking :-)

  9. Congratz for ur 400 th post......great cake recipe.....B'lated b'rday wishes 2 ur daughter......keep going.... :)

  10. Cake looks yummy. Congraz for your 400th post.

  11. Congratz on your 400th post priya :) keep on going !!! tres leches looks fantastic !!

  12. Congratz Priya,cake looks awesome

  13. perfect cake for the celebration,congrats

  14. Hmm.. Yummmmy cake.. nicely made with perfect procedures... 400th post .. congrats :) great going...

  15. Yemmy Milk cake Priya ..nice pics too

  16. Congrats Priya and cake looks awesome..

  17. Congrats Priya,keep rocking,perfect way to this cake

  18. congrats on 400th post!!!!!!!!!!belated wishes to Harshini
    And the cake s really tempting

  19. congrats on ur 400th post dear.. this is one cake i am eyeing at to make for a special occassion coming next month, hopefully if i get the chance... urs looks really delicious...

  20. such melt in the mouth treat and wow !! way to goo !! 400 posts..congrats dear.

  21. Congratulations... Yes it's time for celebration

  22. Wow tempting cake . Congrats dear for ur 400 th post

  23. congrats on ur milestone cake looks wonderful

  24. yummy preparation dear..congrats on your 400th post dear

  25. Congrats on your 400th post n blated bday wishes to ur daughter Priya !! n wat a yummy cake fr the double celebration...

  26. Congrats on your 400th post .. n blated bday wishes to ur daughter Priya.. N wat a cake for the double celebration..

  27. Congrats on your 400th post dear and that is a real treat

  28. congrats on ur 400th post dear.lovely cake .

  29. congrats on that milestone :)... and a belated bday wishes to ur daughter...the cake looks so tempting..

  30. A big congrats for your 400th post....cake looks super yummy....

  31. Wishing a very very happy B'day to your daughter.. May god bless her.
    A big congrats to you for 400 posts, that's really a lot and even more special for a food blogger..
    Never heard if this cake but looks so tempting, best part is that it has no butter..
    Is evaporated milk khoya!!!
    Keep in touch

  32. Thats a beautiful cake for celebration.. Congrats on ur 400th post sis, way to go.. Belated birthday wishes to your daughter. Wish i get a slice of this cake, delicious ans super attractive virtual treat.

  33. congrats on your 400 th post pass me the slice cake plus Dear I have nominated you for an award ; congratulations and collect it at WordPress Family Award;
    Bless ya have a good day dear love Monu Teena

  34. Thanks a lot to each and every one of you for your wishes and huge support....

  35. Wow!!! 400th post! Hearty Congratulations Priya! This is Awesome. Birthday wishes to your little girl and beautiful cake. :)

  36. belated wishes harshini ....congratulations for ur 400 th post .. cake looking great ...

  37. Wow... cake looks fantastic, must have tasted great... Belated happy returns for your loved daughter

  38. Belated birthday wishes to ur little girl ! And Congrats on our 400th post ! the cake looks lovely !

  39. Cake looks so moist and tasty. love it.

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