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Tres Leches Cake | Bake to the roots

Tres Leches Cake aka. Bizcocho de tres leches

  • Author: Bake to the roots
  • Prep Time: 00:20
  • Cook Time: 00:35
  • Total Time: 04:00
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cakes
  • Cuisine: Latin America
  • Diet: Vegetarian


An easy and delicious cake that is not only loved in Latin America: Tres Leches Cake! Sweet but oh so good ;)



For the cake batter:
5 large eggs, separated
1 cup (200g) sugar (or xylitol), divided
1/3 cup (80ml) whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup (130g) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

For the soaking liquid:
14 oz. (400g) sweetened condensed milk
10.6 oz. (300g) evaporated milk
1/4 cup (60ml) regular milk

For the topping:
14 oz. (400g) heavy cream
12 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

some ground cinnamon for sprinkling (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease an 8.5×10.6 inches (22x27cm) baking tin or casserole dish (could also be a bit larger) lightly and set aside.

2. Separate the eggs and add the egg yolks to a large bowl, set the egg whites aside. Add 3/4 cup (150g) of the sugar (or xylitol) to the bowl with the egg yolks and mix for 3-4 minutes until very light and fluffy. Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix in. Mix the flour with baking powder and salt and add to the bowl – mix until just combined. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, then gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup (50g) of sugar (or xylitol) and continue whisking until stiff peaks form. Add in 2-3 batches to the bowl with the batter and carefully fold in. You want to keep as much volume as possible. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin or casserole dish and smooth out the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Take out of the oven and let cool down completely.

3. Mix the sweetened condensed milk, the evaporated milk, and milk. Use a knife or wooden skewer and cut/poke into the cake all over the surface. Pour the milk mixture all over the cake and let soak in. Cover the cake and place for at least 2 hours or overnight in the fridge.

4. When ready to serve add the heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract to a bowl and whisk until stiff peaks form. Spread the whipped cream all over the cake and sprinkle with some ground cinnamon (optional).


Enjoy baking!

Keywords: tres leches, bizcocho, cake, milk

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