Tres Leches: Mexican Sweet Dessert

By Mateo Gomez Posted: January 04, 2010

One beloved Mexican dessert is the Tres Leches Cake or Pastel de Tres leches which means three milk cake. It is a sponge cake or butter cake soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporate, condensed and heavy cream. Kids as well as adults love this creamy, moist and milky cake.

The origin of this cake is widely debated, some would say Nestle helped developed this recipe in Mexico during World War II.Others claim that it originated in Nicaragua.There is also the Europe theory that cakes soaked in any type of liquid is very European. In the city of Veracruz, not only soaked the cake in milk but added vanilla and rum for that extra flavor.

Still tres leches is very popular in countries such as Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala.

In Mexico and most of Latin America they make the cake from scratch, now we can make this cake mixes readily found in the grocery. This yummy dessert is perfect for any type of celebrations such as birthdays, Cinco de Mayo and the Holidays. You can make this as colorful and festive as you want, topped with the classic maraschino cherries or make it more festive and use what is in season such as kiwis, strawberry or mangoes.


1 box white or yellow cake mix

3 large eggs

1 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 can evaporated milk

1 cup whole milk or light cream

12 oz. prepared vanilla frosting




Step 1: Oven must be preheated to 350 F

Step 2: Spray pan with baking spray.

Step 3: Beat eggs, water, oil, vanilla and cake mix together.

Step 4: Pour mixture in the baking pan

Step 5: Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 6: After baking let it sit to cool.

Milk Mixture:

Step 7: Mix together evaporated milk, condensed milk and whole milk.

Step 8: Pour in the milk mixture and let the cake soak.

Step 9: Chill cake for 1 to 2 hours.

Step 10:When the cake is chilled add the frosting.

Step 11: Garnish with cherries

Mateo Gomez is a Mexican food enthusiast, and the founder of Check out for authentic mexican food recipes.

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