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Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin-inspired, Mexican Inspired
Keyword tres-leches-cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 50 minutes
Servings 16 Pieces
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg divided
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 6 large eggs separated
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract divided
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure rum extract divided
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/2 cup heavy cream divided


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 13 x 9 inch metal baking pan or spritz with baking spray.
  • Cake: In a medium-size bowl, use a whisk to sift together all purpose four, baking powder, salt and 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, 1 cup sugar,egg yolks, 2 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp rum extracts. Cream for 2-3 minutes.
  • To the bowl add the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk. Stop to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form then fold into the cake batter by hand. Pour batter evenly into the baking pan.
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean.
  • Rest for 20 minutes. Poke holes over the top of the cake with a fork or wooden skewer.
  • For the filling: Whisk together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp rum extract and 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg.
  • Pour 1/2 over the cake allowing it to seep into the cake, then pour the remaining on top.
  • Cool to room temperature then cover and chill overnight.
  • To serve, whip together the remaining 2 cup heavy cream with 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp rum extract. Adjust sweetness taste.
  • Frost the top with the whipped cream, dust with nutmeg and serve with seasonal berries.
  • Store leftovers chilled.