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Easy Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

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Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

This is a wonderful easy south-of-the-boarder inspired dessert.  My friend Melynda who, along with her husband, also does a Sunday dinner at their home.  She served this and then gave me the recipe for our 2nd Sunday dinner.  This recipe lends itself to being doubled so you can use whole cans of milk.  Make in 9×13″ pan for thick pieces or in a larger pan to stretch it a bit.

Easy Tres Leches Cake


1 yellow cake mix  
2/3 cup whole milk
7 oz.  (1/2 of a 14 oz. can) sweetened, condensed milk
6 oz. (1/2 of a 12 oz. can) evaporated milk



2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
cinnamon or nutmeg for garnish, optional


Bake the cake according to the package on the back of the box. Bake in a 9×13″ baking pan or larger depending on the thickness and desired serving pieces.

Allow the cake to cool completely.

Using a skewer or a fork, poke holes in the cake about 1/2″ to 1″ holes apart from each other.Tres Leches Cake 1

In a measuring cup with a spout for pouring, mix the whole milk, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk very well, to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Pour the milks evenly over the top of the cake. 

Let the cake sit while preparing the topping.Tres Leches Cake 2For the topping:

Mix the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until medium stiff peaks form.Tres Leches Cake 3

Spread the whipped cream evenly over the cake.Tres Leches Cake 4Lightly sprinkle with the cinnamon or nutmeg if desired.Tres Leches Cake 5Allow the cake to sit in the refrigerator to chill and for the milk to soak in, for approximately 2 hours before serving. 

Serve the cake the same day, as sitting overnight will allow the whipped cream to break down and the cake to become too soggy.

Thank you Melynda!
Recipe by Carrie Groneman adapted from Melynda’s Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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  1. Diane says:

    Your cake looks moist and delicious! Thank you for bringing it to Family Fun Friday! Blessings to you!

  2. I have never tried to make one of these and I love that you can start with a cake mix to make it easier! Thanks for posting on the Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 4 You!

  3. Kim Anderson says:

    This is my most favorite dessert. I have broken a 6 month sugar fast with this cake before. OH MY WORD! I may just have to make this for my husband for Valentines Day. It has always intimidated me so I’ve never made it myself. You have made it look so easy and simple. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. I featured this yumminess at Katherines corner today xoxox

  5. Such a pretty cake! I like using cake mix to make things easier when I bake with the kids. We will have to try this recipe for sure! Thank you for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  6. laura says:

    yum! This looks amazing! Great tutorial. thanks for linking to Friday Favorites at I’m Not a Trophy Wife! Please link up this Thursday night! laura

  7. Diane says:

    Your delicious cake is being featured on Family Fun Friday this week! Hope you stop by tomorrow! 🙂 Blessings!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your post at The Weekend re-Treat Link Party on The Best Blog Recipes this week! Wanted to stop by and pin to our Party Boards while I was here tonight 🙂

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  9. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  10. Daine Roark says:


    This cake looks so light and de-li-cious! I pinned it! Thanks for stopping by and linking it up at Saturday Dishes “Cakes & Party” ideas.
    Diane Roark

  11. Diane Roark says:


    I have got to make this cake for my oldest daughter. She would love it and so would everyone else. I pinned it.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up to Saturday Dishes.
    Blessings and Happy Easter!
    Your friend,
    Diane Roark

  12. I love this recipe! I can’t wait to try it- it sounds so delicious, but I love how easy it looks!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Saturday Dishes! I’m pinning it and also including your cake in a Cinco de Mayo roundup this Friday morning. Thanks!

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