Caramel Tres Leches Cake Recipe

TresLechescake, ThreeMilkCake, MilkCake, MexicanCake, MexicanDessert, Cake

TresLechescake, ThreeMilkCake, MilkCake, MexicanCake, MexicanDessert, Cake

I read somewhere, The next best thing to eating food, is talking about it. Cant agree more. And my most favorite food quote is:

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” -Ernestine Ulmer

So true, isn’t it? Given a choice, I will start and end my days with a piece of cake. With that said, lets talk about the most decadent cake I ever tasted. Tres Leches Cake. In other words, Three Milk Cake – a famous Spanish cake. Basically the Tres Leches Cake, is a basic sponge cake soaked over night (preferably) with a concoction of three milks – Condensed Milk, Evaporated Milk and Regular Full Fat Milk.Optimized-caramel-Tres-le-ches-cake4

If you end up making this Tres Leches Cake, trust me (I insist), it will be wipes off the plate in minutes. YES! Its that delicious. Can you imagine a slice of sponge cake soaked in milk …just melting in your mouth.

You want to try few other delicious cakes? Check these out –

Semolina Coconut Cake

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake (Eggless)

Lemon Yogurt Loaf Cake Recipe

Cardamom Cream Cake
Optimized-caramel-Tres-le-ches-cake2Another note – I whipped up the cream from scratch for the topping, but if you want go for a store bought topping such as cool whip or any other brand that’s available to you. The taste isn’t compromised at all.


For Sponge Cake

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 TSP baking powder
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 TBSP vanilla essence

For Soaking the Cake

  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • ¼ cup milk

For the Frosting

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream (I used the store bought whipping cream: Cool whip)
  • 3 TBSP sugar
  • Caramel for topping


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degree F
  • Grease a pan with some butter
  • In a bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder
  • Separate the eggs into different bowls
  • Add 1/4 cup sugar into the yolk bowl and mix until the yolks turn into light yellow. Add the 1/3 cup milk and vanilla into it.
  • Mix the yolk mixture with the flour and mix gently
  • Now beat the egg whites on high speed (if you have an electric mixture, then its better). Slowly add the ¼ cup sugar into it and beat again till you see stiff peaks
  • Now fold the egg whites into the flour batter very gently.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the mixture on top. Bake for 25/30 minutes.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely. Once it’s cooled, poke holes all over the cake with a fork.
  • Combine the three milks – condensed milk, evaporated milk, milk
  • Slowly pour the milk mixture over the cake and cover the sides also
  • Refrigerate the cake overnight.
  • Whip the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until you get stiff peaks. Smooth over the cake and sprinkle some caramel.

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Author: MyYellowApron

I’m scrappy, weird and goofy. I’m a snob when it comes to a LOT of things.., Mainly – coffee, wine and chocolates. I laugh loud and yell louder. I run fast, but walk slow. I love walking long walks with a hot mug of coffee held tight between my hands. I have lonely eyes and a kind heart. I forgive but rarely forget. I remember the silliest of things and forget important matters. I love to run, read, cook and entertain. I draw inspirations from anything and everything aesthetic. There are numerous people who have and still continue to enrich my life in many good ways. I will remain indebted to them – Always. My dad is my biggest fan when it comes to cooking. I could see his eyes light up every time I serve something. My mom’s agility and affectionate nature that reflects on her food is something I’m still trying to master. Travel fascinates me amongst other things. Leave me in Venice and I would get lost in its timeless beauty – The canals. The piazzas. The art. The espresso. Leave me in NYC and I would tirelessly walk the length and breadth of the city (after all, There is always something open 24 hours a day). Through this blog, I am hoping to bring in my passion and love for a few things – Cooking, Travel, Kids, Coffee, Clothes and in the interim learn more myself. Hope I am able to do justice to my PASSION.

29 thoughts

  1. I agree with you 100%! I would love to start and end my day with a piece of cake! This looks amazing! I have never made Tres Leches cake before. Might just have to make this 🙂

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  2. It’s been a log time since I’ve had tres leches cake, and I don’t think I’ve ever actually made it! I pinned this so I could try it this weekend, thanks!


  3. Looks absolutely amazing. Just a quick question though. What size cake tray did you use for this recipe?


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