The Best (And Easiest) Tres Leches Cake

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!I’m so excited about this cake – it truly is the easiest cake to make (and the best).

And it comes at such a perfect time – June is National Dairy Month, and as an ambassador for the California Milk Advisory Board, I’m here to help celebrate this fabulous occasion!

Even though June is coming to a close, Dairy Month is every month in my house. We regularly go through butter, heavy cream, milk, half-and-half and ice cream like nobody’s business. And of course, since we’re from California, all of the dairy we purchase has the Real California Milk seal on it. Since California produces a significant portion of the nation’s dairy, it’s important we support the farmers who make California dairy products possible.

 

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DSC_0299AThis cake is packed with California dairy! Tres leches quite literally translates to “three milks” which, as you can deduce, means this cake is packed with three types of milk, imparting tremendous flavor and creaminess. The milks are sweetened condensed milk, evaporated or whole milk, and heavy cream. I used heavy cream proudly featuring the Real California Milk seal 🙂

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!Plus, it’s topped with a fluffy vanilla-scented whipped cream frosting which takes this cake over-the-top. It’s moist, fluffy, super flavorful and creamy, and it’s a must-make in my book. It didn’t last one afternoon in my house, and I guarantee it’ll go just as quick from your fridge!

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!

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The Best (And Easiest) Tres Leches Cake
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Serves: 15
 
This Tres Leches Cake is truly the best and easiest you'll have!
Ingredients
  • 1 box French Vanilla cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 & ¼ cups water
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 & ¾ cups heavy whipping cream, divided (look for the seal!)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cherries, optional, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and water with a handheld electric mixer on low speed. Beat for 2 minutes or until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs.
  3. Let cake stand for five minutes before poking holes all over the top with a kebab skewer or fork. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and ¾th cup heavy whipping cream until combined. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the cake, trying to fill the holes as much as possible. The milk mixture will pool around the edges of the cake; this is okay. Immediately place the cake in the fridge to set, at least 6 hours or preferably overnight.
  4. Once cake has set, make your frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the remaining 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbsp sugar and teaspoon of vanilla on HIGH speed until stiff peaks form. Frost the top of the cake, then cut into squares. Garnish with cherries if desired.

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!You guys – this cake is fabulous! You’ll love how creamy and milky it is – it has so much flavor and such wonderful texture. I love it!

The California Milk Advisory Board has two cookbooks out that they’d love to share with you! Their first, a PDF, can be downloaded HERE. The second, The Dairy Good Cookbook, is now available on Amazon. Both of which are rich with amazing recipes featuring dairy!

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!I hope you have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was asked to create a recipe for the CMAB for National Dairy Month. All opinions expressed are my own, as always.

 

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Comments

  1. It’s the prettiest tres leches cake too! Can you believe I’ve never had tres leches??? Gah, where have I been all my life!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Haha it’s okay – I forgive you! I was older when I first tried it, so there’s still plenty of time! 😉

  2. I have never even heard of tre leches but three types of milk?!? That sounds FANTASTIC! Your photos are gorgeous as always too Hayley. I can imagine this cake is so fluffy and moist and DELICIOUS! Want!

  3. This looks perfect! I’ve never made a tres leches cake before and can’t wait to try yours! Love how easy it sounds!

  4. I’ve never had Tres Leches Cake! I know, I need to step up my game. Yours looks fantastic. <3

  5. Oh my! This cake looks so good, Hayley! I’ve yet to try a tres leches cake. Looks like it’s time to turn that around!

  6. Tres Leches cake is the BEST ever — love this easy version!

  7. This is one spectacular tres leches cake! And SO easy, too. Fingers crossed that Katie asks for this cake for her birthday in September b/c I’m definitely making YOUR cake!

  8. Tres leches cake is the best! Love how easy yours is!

  9. once again-I wish I lived in Cali! This cake looks so moist and delicious and simple! love it!

  10. I am always looking for ideas for cakes since I bake and take a cake every day to the Grove Senior Center in Grove, OK..I call it my Therapy.. Tres Leaches looks scrumptious! Thank you…

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Jane – I think everyone will love this Tres Leches Cake! It’s so easy, moist and scrumptious!

  11. Marylouise Parker says:

    Thank you!!! The Best loved how easy that was to make. Tres Leches Cake will be a Big Hit with my Friends.

  12. Karen Carrera says:

    First of all let me say WOW!
    I had to come back here and let you know what a big hit this cake was! I sent this cake with my husband to take to his work for a banquet meal they were having and he said everybody LOVED it! I even have 2 new customers who are wanting me to make it for their Christmas party and of course it will be making an appearance at our Christmas but I had to come back and say THANK YOU! For sharing this recipe!
    I did make a couple changes:
    -Decorated with strawberries instead of cherries
    -Couldn’t find a regular French Vanilla cake mix at the store at the time so I used Super Moist French Vanilla Cake Mix by Betty Crocker Delights (apparently the difference is it has pudding mix in the cake mix)
    – I did want a fluffier icing so I used
    2 cups of heavy cream
    1 cup and 2tablespoons of sugar
    1teaspoon of vanilla extract
    Amazing! Thank you!

  13. Sounds great! If I triple the recipe for a half sheet, should I also triple the milk mixture? Seems like it might too much. Any thoughts?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Lola! No, do not triple the milk mixture. Because if you did that, the thinner cake (since it’s being baked in a half sheet pan) would be incredibly soggy with triple the milk! 🙂 Instead, I would use the same amount of milk as this recipe states to start, then add more (maybe double the milk) if it seems like it isn’t absorbed enough. Hope this helps!

  14. I made this cake and it turned out beautiful and tasted so good. Its a way of life here in central Texas so I was scared to try to make it. After using this recipe and being told it was the best Tres Leche cake ever made I knew I had found another cake recipe to add to my recipes. Thank you for sharing this.

  15. I teach high school ESL, and a majority of my students are Latin American. I made this for a party today, and I was a little nervous because this is what they’ve grown up eating, but they all LOVED it! They couldn’t believe that I made it! Lol! They were all asking me for the recipe saying that it was the best Tres Leches cake they’ve ever had!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Rachel, that’s amazing! So glad it won rave reviews with your Latin American students! That’s high praise for you and I 🙂

  16. I made 2 of these as layer cakes for my boyfriend’s 30th birthday party, and it was a huge hit! We put berries on top for a little extra flavor. It was really amazing.

  17. Humaira faisal says:

    I have made cake but I have follow the direction of cake that was on box of vanilla cake

  18. Try this easy one… Yellow cake mix. Prepare cake as per box instructions. Cut too thin layer of cake off (just the brown part). Blend 1 can evaporated milk, 1 can condensed, milk 16 oz sour cream, 2 tspn vanilla extract, 2 tbsp ground cinnamon. Once cake is cool, poor mix evenly first then focus mainly in center of cake since it will run to edges. Don’t be afraid of a floating cake as liquid will be absorbed. Refrigerate cake set overnight. In the morning frost cake with Whipped Cream and garnish with ground cinnamon, sliced peaches, or pecans.

  19. Stefanie Escobar says:

    Made this and it was delicious!! My brother commented that it was not too sweet (because some are made with sugar and then the condensed milk on top of it). This recipe is indeed a keeper! I wonder if I would have the same result with cupcakes??

  20. I like to use some fresh Mexican cinnamon in the milk when soaking the cake and in the whip cream it gives it another depth of flavor

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