Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

My daughter, Katie, turned 22 today. Of course, she got to request her favorite dinner and birthday dessert. She fell in love with a Tres Leches cake I made a couple years ago. The rest of us thought it was OK, but she adored it! So, much as I tried to ignore this request, I went ahead and made Alton Brown’s version. I added a few strawberries just to garnish.  Just to give the plate a little pizazz. Pretty darn tasty, I have to admit!

Tres Leches Cake
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Alton Brown's version of this "3 Milks" cake.
Recipe type: Dessert, Cake
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 24 servings
  • 6¾ ounces cake flour, plus extra to dust the pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 ounces)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Whip It (optional…this stabilizes whipping cream so it doesn’t separate)
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy on medium speed. Decrease to low and add sugar slowly. Scrape down sides of the bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing till well combined. Add vanilla and mix.
  4. Add dry ingredients in three batches and mix till just incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth top. Bake in the middle of your oven for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Remove and cool for a half hour. Poke top of cake with fork or skewer. Allow cake to completely cool.
  6. Make the glaze by whisking the milks and half and half. Slowly pour over cake and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Before serving, make topping by whipping heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and Whip It (if using) until stiff peaks form. Decrease mixer to medium and continue whipping till thick. Spread topping over cake and refrigerate until serving. May garnish with sliced strawberries.




  1. Sounds great I must try this recipe sometime…
    Happy Birthday Katie!

  2. Go for it, Kim!

    Thanks, you all!!!

  3. Best wishes, Katie!

    And I see that Lambeau is keeping an eye on things, Liz. 🙂 When will you start baking biscuits for her?

  4. biscuits for Lambeau, not Katie!

  5. LOL, Carole…Lambeau never met a treat she didn’t like 🙂

  6. Happy Birthday to Katie. The cake looks delicious!

  7. Happy Birthday, Katie!

    Liz … Lambeau loves being in the kitchen as much as Willie does!

    And, do you think I should surprise Alex and make this cake for his birthday?

  8. Thanks, Kelly and Sandra!

    I think Alex would be as thrilled with this cake as Bill would be…although Bill did say it was better than the Southern Living recipe I made previously…guess that’s something! Love looking at your chocolate options 🙂

  9. Happy Birthday Katie!!

  10. your tres leches cake sounds delicious!! that is one cake I have yet to make, I am going to have to make one for my girls this year!

  11. It’s funny, but I watched Alton Brown make this on his show last night!! Only made it once, but I love Tres Leches cake. Hope Katie enjoyed it.

  12. Happy Birthday to Katie!

    Your cake looks delish.

  13. Thanks, Dennis, Leef and Kaye 🙂

  14. Lizzy…….

    Happy Birthday to Katie!!!!! Hope she had a fantastic day and enjoyed her Birthday cake which looks good.

    I hope that Lambeau got a slice :-)she sure looks like she likes that cake also.

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