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Three Milk Cake - Pastel Tres Leches

Three Milk Cake - Pastel Tres Leches
Makes:
12 servings
Prep Time:
30
minutes
Total Time:
75
minutes
based on
184 reviews
Savor this creamy Three Milk Cake - Pastel Tres Leches that will melt in your mouth. Three types of milk make this traditional cake of Latin origin an excellent way to impress your guests!

In this recipe:



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Ingredients:

  • CAKE
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • CREAM
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 can (7.6 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ Media Crema, or 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

FOR CAKE:
PREHEAT
oven to 375° F. Grease and flour 9-inch springform pan.

BEAT egg whites and 1/4 cup sugar in large mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Combine egg yolks and remaining sugar in medium bowl; beat until light yellow in color. Fold egg white mixture and flour alternately into egg yolk mixture. Pour into prepared pan.

BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until just golden and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven to wire rack.

FOR CREAM:
COMBINE
sweetened condensed milk, media crema, evaporated milk, brandy and vanilla extract in medium bowl; stir well. Prick top of cake thoroughly with wooden pick. Pour 2 cups cream over cake. Spoon excess cream from side of pan over top of cake. Let stand for 30 minutes or until cake absorbs cream. Remove side of pan.

FOR TOPPING:
BEAT
cream, sugar and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Spread over top and sides of cake. Serve immediately with remaining cream.


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  •  Star(s)

    3 milk cake is 3 times yummy!

    ca aikman from Indianapolis, IN

    It says intermediate but read the recipe carefully before starting. Get your ingredients measured out, etc. Then it is not difficult.

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    Fresh for the stomach.

    justin castillo from Salem, OR

    Nothing else like it!

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    Surprise!

    Jessica C from Amarillo, TX

    This is a real tres leches cake. The texture was perfect. I would recommend a tsp. of vanilla to the cake mix to round out the flavor. Don't forget to add fresh fruit to yours, to make it more delicious and pretty. Sliced stawberries, kiwis and peaches or cantaloupe if you don't like peaches, and honeydew melon. Definately will make again!

  •  Star(s)

    Fun for Spanish class.

    Isabel Menendez from

    This looks like fun to make for Cinco de Mayo class party, instead of the usaul chips and salsa!

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    Don't look at the photo,not quite the same, but very good.

    Cindy Range from ,

    This is a delicious recipe, but as I saw what someone else wrote, it is a "wet" cake. I made it for a Cinco de Mayo school activity one year and the teachers (and students) asked me to make it the next year. It is one of our family's favorites! If you want the cake less "wet", don't add the liquid over the cake; let each person put their cake in a bowl or deep plate, and pour the liquid first and sit the cake on top. It keeps it from getting soggy, which some people don't like. But, for me, that is what Tres Leches is...a milk cake!

  •  Star(s)

    Incredible!

    Francesca Nazario Duso from PLATTSBURGH, NY

    I am a Spanish teacher and served this cake at a teacher luncheon. It was a huge hit! Gracias!

  •  Star(s)

    Good...but wet

    Sandie Steger from CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH

    good, but a little soggy for my taste. did not have brandy so I used rum. I added more sugar to sweeten the topping as it didn't taste great.

  •  Star(s)

    Eggs & Milk

    Christina Bard from Fort Wayne, IN

    I guess you have to like eggs and milk ALOT to really appreciate Tres Leches Cake. This was really easy to make but it really is a wet eggy milky cake. If I do make again, I will use Amaretto, though.

  •  Star(s)

    Pretty Easy to Make

    Laura Noun from Bolingbrook, IL

    This was pretty easy to make and tasted great. Will make two at a time from now on so I have plenty to serve.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious 3 milk cake

    Virginia Novotney from Feeding Hills, MA

    What a delicious cake. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, and was pleasantly surprised. Everyone at the party loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    Wow!

    Christopher Sorel from Saline, MI

    It came out better than I thought it would. Yum, I am making it for my daughter's birthday now.

  •  Star(s)

    This came out great!

    Carol Keimer from EASTLAKE, OH

    I was a little worried, but this recipe came out great. Our company and family just love it.

  •  Star(s)

    Scrumptious!

    Patti Lennartson from Seattle, WA

    My daughter made this cake for my birthday this year! It was fairly easy despite the long list of ingredients. It was the best cake - very moist and wonderfully sweet. We loved this. It reminded us of the Tres Leches cake we used to get while living in Mexico.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious!

    Rita Acuna from Katy, TX

    This cake was so good! Reminded me of my childhood!

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy Plus!

    Karen McGriff from SAN ANTONIO, TX

    Really, really good! Looks and tastes marvelous! Not that hard!

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious!

    Jan Wilkins from Blytheville, AR

    What a delicious dessert for any time! We love it!

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious!

    Christie Horton from MANHATTAN, KS

    I thought the cake would taste fantastic with a coconut flavor so I substituted coconut milk for the evaporated milk and used coconut rum instead of brandy. It added more flavor and my guests enjoyed it. It's definitely got a Latin flavor to it!

  •  Star(s)

    Tres Leche cake is a homerun!

    SUSAN HALL from Saint Helens, OR

    This cake will make everyone shout for more! It's creamy, not to sweet but so light and fluffy. I had to make 2 for a dinner party because everyone wanted seconds.

  •  Star(s)

    Three Milk Cake

    Virginia Braddy from Hobgood, NC

    This cake was relatively easy to make and quite delicious. I served it at a family get together and it quickly disappeared!

  •  Star(s)

    Three Milk Cake - Pastel Tres Leches

    Noreen Gilbert from Burlington, MA

    This cake my family loves. It is so light and tasty. My family are always asking me to make it.

  •  Star(s)

    Tres Leches

    vickie Hernandez from Niles, MI

    I am married to a hispanic so we cook mexican food & desserts all the time, alot of people are complaining of the cake smelling of eggs. I have this same recipe & came across this one. I use 3 eggs instead of 6 and no brandy. It is better than the store bought ones. My family request it for thier B.DAY'S!!!! Just try it. I promise you will like it better...

  •  Star(s)

    Big Fat Yumm-O

    JENNI KOVAL from New Carlisle, OH

    This is the best cake, we make it every year for Christmas, my whole family loves it and the children really look forward to it. It is not your usual cake or "frosting", it is a sponge cake so it is supposed to be a different density and the "frosting" is simply whipped cream. Don't forget to pass the extra sauce - so yummy.

  •  Star(s)

    Dissapointed

    Maria Lorenzo from Meriden, CT

    I made this with my siter, and followed each step. It wasn't challenging at all, but we were so disappointed. We tried it and all of us threw it away. It looked so good but was not. It smelled strongly like eggs when baking and after it was done, It did not have a good taste. Strongly DISAPPOINTED!

  •  Star(s)

    yummy!

    Alejandra Roberts from Raleigh, NC

    I bake it all the time for the holidays, however I use a yellow cake mix for the cake part and it's fantastic! Also, it's so much better after you leave it for several hours in the refrigerator to let the milks soak in!

  •  Star(s)

    Made it with boxed cake mix instead

    Mickey D from Boston, MA

    I read several comments about it being very eggy. So instead I substituted the cake that was in the recipe with a prepared cake from the box (used a french vanilla cake mix). Poked holes in it and made the milk sauce as instructed. It came out delicious!! The cake was a little over cooked but soaked up the sauce nicely. I highly recommend this especially if you don't have a springform pan! We also used E&J brandy, and it had a nice vanilla taste to it as well!

  •  Star(s)

    This cake will impress.

    Delfina Mortensen from Wheaton, IL

    My husband likes Mexican food, etc. I made this thinking he won't know what this is, I never heard of it. He knew right away what it was. Now for the taste test, it won rave reviews! He wants me to make it often, every time we need to take dessert to friends.

  •  Star(s)

    This recipe is good.

    monica mills from Kingsport, TN

    This was good but not the real thing, I notice a lot of the recipes here are American versions.

  •  Star(s)

    Great Cake!!!!!!!!

    Brittany Smith from SANTA FE, NM

    I made this cake for a dinner party a few nights ago. Everyone loved it. I was a little nervous at first because it is considered a challenging recipe, but it was really not that difficult.

  •  Star(s)

    Three Milk Cake - Pastel Tres Leches

    Doris Hancock from HOMESTEAD, FL

    My co-workers loved this cake because it was not too sweet or soggy. Very easy and I will make it again.

  •  Star(s)

    Three milk cake

    Teija Smithers from PITTSFIELD, IL

    I made this for Easter and was so disappointed. We tried it and all of us threw it away. It looked so good but was not. Smelled strongly like egg when baking, did not have a good taste and the icing was bland. What a waste of ingredients. Sorry.

  •  Star(s)

    Very moist and surprising

    Judy Davidson from JAFFREY, NH

    The cake was a little rich but you shouldn't diet on the holidays. I improved the frosting by dissolving 1/4 teas. of unflavored gelatin in 2 teas. of water and gradually added to the cream when whipping. It held its shape much longer.

  •  Star(s)

    Tres Leches Cupcakes? Maybe not.

    Natalie Elpek from JAMAICA PLAIN, MA

    I made the mistake of using this recipe for cupcakes instead of a cake. They looked gorgeous but I couldn't figure out how to get the milk mixture to really soak into the cupcakes and because of this the cupcakes weren't that sweet and had an "eggy" taste to them. Next time, I'm making it as a cake.

  •  Star(s)

    Three Milk Cake

    Lori Harrison from Ashaway, RI

    This cake looked so yummy in the picture and I was only happy to try the recipe on my family. I'm afraid I was disappointed with the flavor and we didn't like it. It's the kind of taste you must have to get used to. I was surprised because many of the other recipe reviews were so positive. Sorry.

  •  Star(s)

    maybe next time

    brianne vega from TEHACHAPI, CA

    well I made this cake for my in-laws for easter. They thought it was good but I didnt serve it right away so I think it took away from the cake. I think next time I will follow the directions and serve it right away!! LOL!!

  •  Star(s)

    Loved it

    melynda daley from MARQUETTE, MI

    I made this cake today for Easter dinner. It was easy to make and I actually made the cake portion with cream the night before and topped it right before we ate. It was cold and the cream was tasty. Kids found the texture too wet, but the adults enjoyed it.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy and fast to make

    maria mattera from knoxville, TN

    Not only is this an easy and fast recipe to make it tastes really good.

  •  Star(s)

    Three Milk Cake

    Alice DeSloover from BUCYRUS, KS

    I found using Coconut milk in place of NESTLÉ Media Crema, or 1 cup heavy whipping cream was also great for flavor.

  •  Star(s)

    three milk cake

    karen Doiron from ANTIGONISH, NS

    THIS IS A VERY EASY CAKE TO MAKE,AND O SO GOOD I'LL MAKE IT AGAIN VERY SOON

  •  Star(s)

    THREE MILKE CAKE

    GRACE STIDHAM from WARREN, MI

    THIS IS A NICE AND LIGHT DESSERT FOR WHEN PEOPLE ARE COMING OVER OR TO TAKE TO A FRIENDS HOUSE. I LOVE MAKING THIS DESSERT

  •  Star(s)

    3 milk cake pastel tres leches

    ramya sola from SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH

    my mom tried it & said it tastes delicious. she gave someto me to try.i loved it . my husband has asked for it. i'll make during the week.

  •  Star(s)

    It tastes as good as it looks!

    Tammy Gibson from ALLEN, TX

    Great cake! Fluffy and not too sweet. My family loved this dessert!

  •  Star(s)

    yummy

    Lorna Atkin from SMITHFIELD, UT

    maybe too good! try with hot fudge, or with strawberries, like shortcake

  •  Star(s)

    Three Milk Cake - Pastel Tres Leches

    melinda gregerson from NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

    My sister-in-law makes a lot of Spanish desserts. She made this one and says it's the best!!! I'm making it for a special dessert this Sunday.

  •  Star(s)

    super delicious

    Karen Ladner-Demoran from Bay Saint Louis, MS

    I made this for granddaughter's birthday yesterday & was it ever a hit! Every female at her party asked for the recipe & a couple of the guys requested I make them a birthday cake exactly like hers.

  •  Star(s)

    Excellent Tres Leches

    Glenda Lam-Green from DELTONA, FL

    I made this cake and it was excellent. Great Job on the recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    Change is great

    Virginia Blackman from SMITHVILLE,

    I love this cake and so does my husband and friends. I didn't have any Brandy in the house so I tried pineapple rum. I find that this recipe will allow you to play around with different things to change the taste. Thank you for providing such a nice cake.

  •  Star(s)

    Best Tres Leches Cake Ever!

    BLAIR TILLERY from FORT WORTH, TX

    This cake is wonderful. It says it is challenging to make but it is easy. Very, very good.

  •  Star(s)

    Three Milk Cake

    Linda McClung from AKRON, OH

    This is a just right light dessert to finish off any meal. It was just right after a big meal.

  •  Star(s)

    Something to wow the crowd

    Delfina Mortensen from WHEATON, IL

    Wanted to try something other then chocolate. Made this and the crowd enjoyed it. I thought it was a different texture. Between a pound and a sponge cake. Want to wow the people, this will do it! Not sweet, just right.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious...mmm good

    Patti Wise from FAIRMONT, WV

    My husband and I just loved it. It was so moist and delicious. I was so glad I tried it.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/12 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 12 

  • Calories: 390
  • Calories from Fat: 180
  • Total Fat: 20g (31% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 12g (60% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 170mg (57% of DV)
  • Sodium: 100mg (4% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 40g (13% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g (0% of DV)
  • Sugars: 31g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Vitamin A: 15% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 15% of DV
  • Iron: 4% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Three Milk Cake - Pastel Tres Leches

Ingredients

  • CAKE
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • CREAM
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 can (7.6 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ Media Crema, or 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions

FOR CAKE:
PREHEAT
oven to 375° F. Grease and flour 9-inch springform pan.

BEAT egg whites and 1/4 cup sugar in large mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Combine egg yolks and remaining sugar in medium bowl; beat until light yellow in color. Fold egg white mixture and flour alternately into egg yolk mixture. Pour into prepared pan.

BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until just golden and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven to wire rack.

FOR CREAM:
COMBINE
sweetened condensed milk, media crema, evaporated milk, brandy and vanilla extract in medium bowl; stir well. Prick top of cake thoroughly with wooden pick. Pour 2 cups cream over cake. Spoon excess cream from side of pan over top of cake. Let stand for 30 minutes or until cake absorbs cream. Remove side of pan.

FOR TOPPING:
BEAT
cream, sugar and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Spread over top and sides of cake. Serve immediately with remaining cream.

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