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

Serves 24 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Alton Brown's version of this "3 Milks" cake.



    • 6 3/4 ounces cake flour, plus extra to dust the pan
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 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.


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 304kcal Calories from fat 142
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 16g25%
    Saturated Fat 10g50%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 84mg28%
    Sodium 125mg5%
    Carbohydrate 37g12%
    Dietary Fiber 0g0%
    Sugars 30g
    Protein 5g

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

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
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    1. Sounds great I must try this recipe sometime…
      Happy Birthday Katie!

    2. Best wishes, Katie!

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

    3. biscuits for Lambeau, not Katie!

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

    5. 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?

    6. Happy Birthday Katie!!

    7. Go for it, Kim!

      Thanks, you all!!!

    8. 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!

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

    10. 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.

    11. 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 🙂

    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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