Tres Leches Cake - Pastel de Tres Leches - Three-Milk Cake Recipe

The history of tres leches cakes, the three milk cakes now associated with Mexico, are highly disputed. It does not have history. It is very easy to track how famous this cake became within Mexico and how it is now associated with Mexico. But the origin is not so much. What is indisputable is its great taste and yumminess all around! As much as we like to track the origins of local cuisine and cakes like other red velvet cakes, fruit cakes, we like to eat this dessert as much as we should.

Whatever the origin, the cake only became popular in the early 1900s. These days, evaporated milk and condensed milk are both widely used products throughout Latin America. There is a fascinating history behind this milky sweet cake, and the following only scratches the surface of this deciduous recipe. Are you ready for the tres leches cake recipe?

Tres Leche Cake Recipe


1- 1 cup castor sugar

2- 5 eggs, separated

3- 80 ml milk

4- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

5- 150 grams flour

6- 1.5 teaspoon baking powder

Tres Leech Syrup:

1- 1 can be evaporated milk

2- 1 cup condensed milk

3- 250 ml heavy cream

4- Vanilla Essence according to taste

Whipped Cream Topping:

1- 100ml Whipping Cream

2- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


1- Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease an 8-inch cake tin with butter.

2- Break eggs into a bowl and beat until the eggs are light and fluffy.

3- Meanwhile, also mix flour, baking powder and salt and keep aside.

4- Mix vanilla in cold water and keep aside.

5- Once done, add a little sugar at a time and keep whisking.

6- Then add the flour mixture and vanilla and water mixture to the egg and keep beating.

7- Keep adding a little at a time till both the mixtures mix completely.

8- Keep stirring until the batter becomes smooth and there are no lumps.

9- Pour batter into a baking dish and bake for 45 minutes in the middle of the oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Carefully take it out of the oven and let the cake cool completely on a wire rack.

Three-Milks Syrup Instructions

In a large bowl, combine evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, cream, vanilla extract until well blended. Set aside

Topping for Tres Leches Cake

In a large bowl, combine whipped cream and vanilla. Start with low speed and then at high speed until you get stiff peaks. Set aside for later use.

Tres Leches Cake Assembling

1- Once the cake has cooled completely, use a skewer to make a hole in the cake. However, make sure that you do not break the cake into pieces.

2- Place the cake on a wire rack, and then place the rack on the tray. Gently pour the sugar syrup around the cake until it is completely soaked in the cake. The excess syrup dried on the tray can be collected and then used to re-soak the cake.

3- Spread the whipped cream topping on the cake using an offset spatula. Garnish or serve as you wish. Sit back and enjoy it!

Many people who grew up in Mexico and the border states will tell you that pastel tres leach was the cake they could expect to serve at birthdays, bachelors, and weddings; it was often the centerpiece of any family gathering or celebration. Get online cake delivery at your doorsteps wherever you reside from any reputed online cake bakery.