Mexican Tres Leches Cake (Pastel de 3 Leches)


Pastel de 3 leches literally means 'cake made with three milks' in Spanish, and this classic Mexican cake is soaked in just that. Super moist and delicious, this cake is easy to make and will be the talk of your next party!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 6 eggs, separated

  • ½ cup white sugar, divided

  • 1 cup self-rising flour

  • 1 lime, zested

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 teaspoon amaretto liqueur


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 (4 ounce) container sliced peaches, drained

  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.

  2. Beat egg whites in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl until foamy. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Clean beaters.

  3. Beat egg yolks in a separate bowl until creamy. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and continue beating until pale yellow. Fold egg yolks into egg white mixture using a spatula. Sift in flour and carefully fold into the batter; mix in zest of 1 lime. Pour batter into the prepared springform pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until edges pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes. Turn off oven but keep cake in the closed oven for an additional 20 minutes.

  5. Prepare the '3 milks' while cake is resting in the oven. Combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, 1 cup heavy cream, and amaretto liqueur in a blender; blend until well combined.

  6. Remove the cake from the springform pan and and place on a serving plate. Pierce the cake several times across the top with a fork. Pour the '3 milks' mixture over the cake. Refrigerate cake until cool and milk mixture has soaked in, about 1 hour.

  7. Beat 1 cup heavy cream in a chilled glass or metal bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Garnish the top of the cake with whipped cream, peach slices, and 1 teaspoon lime zest.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

545 Calories
29g Fat
59g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 545
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 217mg 72%
Sodium 380mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 352mg 27%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 429mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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