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Tres Leches Cake

Evaporated, condensed, and whole milk are combined in this cake for just the right amount of sweetness. Make the cake up to three days in advance and refrigerate it. It's traditionally served chilled and topped with whipped cream but is also delicious with chopped pineapple.

  • prep: 25 mins
    total time: 2 hours
  • servings: 12

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter, room temperature, for baking dish
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can(12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. In a mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. In another bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Using a rubber spatula, fold whites into yolks until almost combined. Gently fold in flour (do not overmix).

  2. Step 2

    Spread batter in prepared dish. Bake until golden and pulling away from sides of dish, 20 to 25 minutes. Using a small knife, scrape skin from top of cake; discard. Cool cake 20 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the three milks; pour evenly over cake. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

  4. Step 4

    To serve, prepare topping: In a mixing bowl, whip heavy cream with sugar to soft peaks. Chill cake and cut into squares; serve topped with whipped cream.

Source
Everyday Food, September 2003

Reviews (12)

  • 6 Feb, 2011

    Awesome cake! Who would figure that a cake without baking powder would be so fluffy, soft, delicious!!! My husband said it's the best 3 leches he's ever tasted! Me too! Thank you!

  • 6 Feb, 2011

    Awesome cake! Who would figure that a cake without baking powder would be so fluffy, soft, delicious!!! My husband said it's the best 3 leches he's ever tasted! Me too! Thank you!

  • 15 Jan, 2011

    I made this today and everyone loved it- definitely better than the box one. The topping was a little less sweet than I liked, so I added 2 more tablespoons of confectioner's sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla, and 1tsp of cinnamon, which gave it a warm flavor that went well with the cake. I did have extra milk after completely soaking the cake, which I just poured out and used as coffee creamer.

  • 26 Nov, 2010

    Incredible! Martha hasn't steered me wrong yet. This cake was a HUGE hit.

  • 4 Jul, 2008

    We love this cake! I made it when it was first published and my family keeps asking for it. Very easy and interesting to make with kids (the curious questioning kind!) "Evaporated, condensed, and whole milk are combined in this cake for just the right amount of sweetness." Yeah and the CUP of sugar in the egg yolks! LOL!

  • 4 Jul, 2008

    We love this cake! I made it when it was first published and my family keeps asking for it. Very easy and interesting to make with kids (the curious questioning kind!) "Evaporated, condensed, and whole milk are combined in this cake for just the right amount of sweetness." Yeah and the CUP of sugar in the egg yolks! LOL!

  • 4 Jul, 2008

    We love this cake! I made it when it was first published and my family keeps asking for it. Very easy and interesting to make with kids (the curious questioning kind!) "Evaporated, condensed, and whole milk are combined in this cake for just the right amount of sweetness." Yeah and the CUP of sugar in the egg yolks! LOL!

  • 4 Jul, 2008

    We love this cake! I made it when it was first published and my family keeps asking for it. Very easy and interesting to make with kids (the curious questioning kind!) "Evaporated, condensed, and whole milk are combined in this cake for just the right amount of sweetness." Yeah and the CUP of sugar in the egg yolks! LOL!

  • 4 Jul, 2008

    We love this cake! I made it when it was first published and my family keeps asking for it. Very easy and interesting to make with kids (the curious questioning kind!) "Evaporated, condensed, and whole milk are combined in this cake for just the right amount of sweetness." Yeah and the CUP of sugar in the egg yolks! LOL!

  • 16 Mar, 2008

    I made this cake for my daughter's birthday. It was wonderful and very very easy to make.

  • 8 Jan, 2008

    This is the best recipe. I made it for my co-workers, they loved it. The smell that fills your home when this is baking puts any candle to shame. It really is a great cake and easy to make.

  • 18 Nov, 2007

    I love that three milk and easy to make.