Tres Leches Cake

May happens to be my favorite month of the year. I mean, both my birthday and Mother’s Day fall into this month which means I get a little spoiled by my family- what is not to love about that? ;)

Do you want to know another reason I love May? Because Cinco de Mayo. Mexican food happens to be my absolute favorite type of food. And my favorite Mexican dessert? Tres Leches Cake of course!

Tres Leches Cake... Let me just say, this cake will knock your socks off! It is SO moist and delicious beyond words! This recipe is definitely a must try!

This recipe is perfection! The three milks saturate this cake so that each bite is filled with such incredible flavor and melt in your mouth goodness.

I have been on the lookout for a delicious Tres Leches Cake and have tried my hand at quite a few of them… but none can compare to this one. It is seriously perfect. Everyone who tried it couldn’t stop raving about how yummy it was. I combined two recipes and the end result was fabulous, trust me on this one!

With Cinco de Mayo in just 2 days, put this cake on the menu. Everyone will be thanking you because you did!

Tres Leches Cake... Let me just say, this cake will knock your socks off! It is SO moist and delicious beyond words! This recipe is definitely a must try!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Tres Leches Cake
Tres Leches Cake... Let me just say, this cake will knock your socks off! It is SO moist and delicious beyond words! This recipe is definitely a must try!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
Tres Leches mixture
  • 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 14 ounce sweetened and condensed milk
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powder sugar
  • garnish with cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 9 inch round cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl combine egg yolks with ¾ cup sugar and beat until light in color and doubled in volume. Add milk, vanilla, flour, and baking powder. Stir until well combined.
  3. In a small bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining ¼ cup sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into yolk mixture. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake springs back to the touch and the toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Using a knife, carefully loosen edges of cake from the pan. Invert cake onto a wire rack. Flip cake again so it cool right side up. Let cake cool for 15 minutes.
  6. In a small mixing bowl combine Tres Leches ingredients and whisk together. Using a fork, poke holes all over the top of the cake. Place cake on a rimmed dish and slowly pour tress leches mixture over the top of the cake letting it soak in as you go.
  7. Refrigerate for it least 1 hour. In small bowl whip cream until thickened. Fold in powdered sugar. Spread whipping cream over cake and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Recipe adapted and combined from The Baker Chick and AllRecipes


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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    It does look like the perfect tres leches cake! I would love a huge soft and wonderful! Pinned! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  2. Joshua Hampton

    I love how soft and moist that cake looks. I would really love to have a ginormous slice of it right now. Yum.

  3. Liz

    The recipe says ½ whole milk but doesn't say if it's half a CUP, half a TBSP or half of one of the CANs. HELP

    1. Chef in Training

      1/2 cup... I am so sorry about that typo. All fixed now :)

  4. paullabakes

    Can this be double.? Or is it best to do single .. Have you ever stacked , as a 2 layer?

  5. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    Happy Birthday! This is a perfect cake for all the up coming celebrations—Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, birthdays. It looks moist and delicious and I love the whipped cream topping—light and with a slight hint of sweetness.

  6. Melissa

    We bought the Tres Leches cake from Costco for a Cinco de Mayo party at church, but I really didn't like them very much. Yours looks much better. I will have to give it a try!

  7. Cindy Romeis


    Baked this cake for Cinco de Mayo, along with beef enchiladas from 12 Tomatoes. The cake was soooo good! Came out beautifully and was full of flavor and sweetness. Thank you!

  8. Tiffany

    Just baked my cake and I am not sure if it is quite right. I followed directions exactly but my cake puffed up a lot and seems much like angel food cake. Is this supposed to be how it bakes up? I went ahead and poked it, although difficult given that it was so spongy, and poured the milks on top. I think it will taste good but it's not very pretty. Lol!

  9. Gelene

    Hi! What kind of flour did you use?

    1. Chef in Training

      I use all purpose

  10. Lupe


    Thus us great, I made it this weekend
    One small addition to the Tres Leches mixture add 2oz of Almonnd Liquor
    It's awesome

  11. Nawal

    Amazing 😻
    Made it thrice
    The only thing is i had saffron in the tresleche milk .. was soo good