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How to Make Tres Leches Cake

Rated as 4.77 out of 5 Stars

"Tres leches cake is a cake soaked in a sweet milk syrup and topped with whipped cream. If you want to get really fancy, spoon some diced strawberries and syrup over the cake. It's really moist, delicious, and simple."
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Ingredients

3 h 45 m servings 564 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings (1 10x15-inch cake)

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 10x15-inch baking pan with vegetable shortening.
  2. Combine yellow cake mix, eggs, water, vegetable oil, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer until very smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Scrape batter into the prepared baking pan. Smooth the top of the batter, shake pan, and tap lightly on counter 2 or 3 times to eliminate air bubbles.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 22 minutes. Let cake cool in the pan at least 30 minutes. Poke holes all over the cake with a bamboo skewer or the handle of a wooden spoon.
  4. Combine evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and half-and-half in a large bowl; slowly pour milk syrup all over the cake. Syrup will soak into cake. Wrap cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours (or preferably overnight).
  5. Whip cream with sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer until cream is fluffy; spoon whipped cream over cake.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • Feel free to use a 9x13-inch baking pan.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 564 calories; 31.1 g fat; 62 g carbohydrates; 10.7 g protein; 123 mg cholesterol; 414 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This is the easy way of making a tres leches cake...I grew up hating it but after having a random craving for it and trying this recipe, I am in love like never before! The only thing that I cha...

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This recipe is not a keeper as written. The flavor is good but its too dry, too sweet, very greasy, and the texture is about like Elmer's glue. The good news is that you can have a 4.5 star Tr...

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This is the easy way of making a tres leches cake...I grew up hating it but after having a random craving for it and trying this recipe, I am in love like never before! The only thing that I cha...

I made this for my boyfriend's birthday. I added coconut extract on the milk syrup. It turned out delicious and so yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

This recipe is perfect. I wouldn't change anything about it. I used the Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla Cake Mix and it turned out really good. The cake is delicious and so moist. Husband didn't wa...

This recipe is not a keeper as written. The flavor is good but its too dry, too sweet, very greasy, and the texture is about like Elmer's glue. The good news is that you can have a 4.5 star Tr...

This was fabulous!!! Everyone loved it

Never liked Tres Leches cake before when I ordered it at a restaurant or bakery but this one is oh-so-special. It is a glorious site to watch all that creamy milk soak into the cake and it's an ...

I got so many compliments on this cake. It would have been even better with "real" whipped cream but after the "tres leches" I couldn't bring myself to do more than whipped topping. I did use a...

Just made this for the first time, no complaints here. It was great. Thanks again for another great one Chef John, and thanks to your mother as well!

My family loved it with lots of fresh strawberries!