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Tres Leches Cake


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs separated
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk I used 2% and it was fine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 pint plus 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour a 9x13 baking dish.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Add the egg yolks and 3/4 cup of the sugar to a stand mixer bowl. add whisk attachment and beat until very light in color. Then add the milk and vanilla. Whisk until just combined. Pour this liquid mixture over the flour mixture. Stir gently to combine ingredients.
  • Rinse out mixing bowl, or use clean one. Add egg whites and beat on high speed until soft peaks start to form. While stand mixer is on, add 1/4 cup sugar in a steady stream, then continue beating until whites are stiff. Make sure not to over mix. You don't want dry egg whites.
  • Take egg whites and gently fold them into the bowl with other ingredients. Do Not over mix! Stop just short of everything being totally mixed together. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick come out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool. Make sure cake has cooled then go on to next step. Once cake is cooled place upside down onto a platter or baking dish, being careful not to break or ruin cake. Poke holes in the surface with a fork all over.
  • In a medium size bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and 1/4 cup heavy cream. Mix well. Now measure out 2 cups (this milk mixture will make 3 cups. You can save the last cup for creamer or extra sauce if the cake gets dry).
  • Slowly douse the cake with the milk mixture. Making sure to get around all the edges and evenly coating the cake. You will notice that much of the liquid will be absorbed into the cake, but you can expect some to pool here and there. This is normal and will absorbed soon enough.
  • Allow the cake to sit for at least 30 minutes to absorb all the milks. Then you can whip 1 pint heavy cream with the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar in your stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whip until thick. Spread it all over the top of sides of the cake. You can then cut a piece and enjoy right then and there or refrigerate the cake until your ready to eat.