Classic Tres Leches Cake with a Whipped Cream Topping

Dive into the luscious layers of our Heavenly Tres Leches Cake, a creamy dream that promises to enchant your taste buds with every bite. This beloved dessert, whose name means “three milks” in Spanish, combines the simple elegance of a sponge cake soaked in a rich mixture of three kinds of milk, topped with a light and airy whipped cream. It’s a celebration of texture and flavor, with a moist, tender crumb that perfectly balances sweetness and creaminess. Whether you’re marking a special occasion or simply indulging in a sweet treat, this tres leches cake recipe is designed to deliver a slice of dessert heaven. Easy to make and impossible to resist, it’s a dessert that brings joy and comfort, inviting you to savor the moment with every forkful. Let’s embark on this culinary journey to create a dessert that’s as delightful to make as it is to eat!


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of whole milk

For the Three Milk Mixture:

  • 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 ounces of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of whole milk

For the Topping:

  • 2 cups of whipped cream
  • Fresh fruits for garnish (optional)
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  1. Cake Preparation: Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Then, prepare your 8×8 inch baking pan by greasing and flouring it. Next, in a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Set this mixture aside for later use.
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, beat the softened unsalted butter with granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Incorporate the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Alternately add the flour mixture and the whole milk to the butter mixture, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Stir until just combined.
  4. Baking the Cake: Now, pour the prepared batter into the greased and floured baking pan. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.
  5. Prepare the Three Milk Mixture: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole milk.
  6. Soak the Cake: While the cake is still warm, poke holes all over it using a fork or skewer. Gradually pour the three-milk mixture over the cake, allowing it to soak in slowly.
  7. Add the Topping: Once the cake has absorbed the milk mixture and cooled completely, spread the whipped cream over the top. If desired, garnish with fresh fruits.
  8. Serve and Enjoy: Refrigerate the tres leches cake for at least an hour before serving, allowing the flavors to meld together. Serve chilled for a refreshing and creamy dessert experience.

This Classic Tres Leches Cake offers a moist, sweet, and indulgent treat, balanced with the lightness of whipped cream and the freshness of fruit garnishes. It’s a beloved dessert that’s perfect for celebrations, gatherings, or simply when you’re in the mood for something deliciously comforting.

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