Classic Tres Leches Cake Recipe
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Classic Tres Leches Cake Recipe

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Tres Leche means "three milk." This cake gets its name because it uses three kinds of milk—evaporated, condensed and cream. This cake's light and airy texture has made it a classic in Mexican kitchens for generations. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup cake flour
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Sliced fresh strawberries, optional


  1. Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line a 9-in. springform pan with waxed paper; grease and flour the paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks for 2 minutes. Add 1/3 cup sugar; beat for 3 minutes or until mixture is thick and lemon-colored. Fold in flour, a third at a time.
  2. In another large bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Stir a third of the whites into the yolk mixture. Fold in remaining whites.
  3. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the cream, evaporated milk, condensed milk and extracts. Transfer cake to a serving plate. Poke holes in top of cake with a skewer. Gradually spoon milk mixture over top. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. For topping, in a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over cake. Garnish with strawberries if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Tres Leches Cake in Taste of Home Clip Strip 2005

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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