Tres Leche Cake Recipe

Tres Leche Cake Recipe

This Tres Leche Cake Recipe is a classic Mexican dessert and is a delicious way to end any fiesta!

Tres Leche Cake


For the cake:

  • Vegetable oil
  • 6 3/4 ounces of cake flour, plus extra for the pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 5 whole eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the glaze:

  • 1 (12-ounce) can of evaporated milk
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • For the topping:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. CAKE: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour a 13 by 9-inch metal pan and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium speed until fluffy, approximately 1 minute. Decrease the speed to low and with the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar over 1 minute. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl, if necessary. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix to thoroughly combine. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add the flour mixture to the batter in 3 batches and mix just until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. This will appear to be a very small amount of batter. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake is lightly golden and reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees F.
  4. Remove the cake pan to a cooling rack and allow it to cool for 30 minutes. Poke the top of the cake all over with a skewer or fork. Allow the cake to cool completely and then prepare the glaze.

  1. GLAZE: Whisk together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and half-and-half in a 1-quart measuring cup. Once combined, pour the glaze over the cake. Refrigerate the cake overnight.

  1. TOPPING: Place the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk together on low until stiff peaks are formed. Change to medium speed and whisk until thick. Spread the topping over the cake and allow to chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2007

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Jess Benoit

Jess is a homeschooling mama of 3, wife, gamer, Whovian, Nerd

9 thoughts on “Tres Leche Cake Recipe

  • I love tres leches! I usually pick one up at a local bakery but I’m going to try your recipe and surprise the hubs. He likes adding fruit so strawberries coated with a little glaze would be perf!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe Jess! Have a great day and weekend!


    • You’re welcome! Strawberries sound really really great on this. Thanks for the idea!

  • I have never heard of this cake before. It surely looks very good! I may just have to try this recipe out. I think with some strawberries on top it would be perfect!

  • I’ve never seen a recipe like this before, but it sure looks delicious. Seems like it would be great for a summer potluck gathering.

  • I have heard of Tres Leche Cake before, but never actually tried it. It sounds amazing!

  • Wow I definitely want to try this out! Looks delicious and I know my hubby would love this! Thanks!


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