Tres Leches Milk Cake

Cakes have been famous since decades as a dessert, and with each new day, you are bound to find many variations to a traditional cake which make these sweet delicacies even more delightful. I recently tried one such variation at a friend's birthday party, and was totally enthralled by the pure richness of this cake. It is called the Tres Leches Cake, which literally means "3 types of milk" cake. It was so sweet and soft that you put a spoon in your mouth and it melts!! And it is so simple to make too. As the name suggests, it uses 3 types of milk to form a layered cake which is soft to the core. It goes extremely well as a cake, but what I like the most about it is that it can be used to make perfect desserts, especially those to be served in a glass, with fruit toppings, ice cream and chocolate! Try it for yourself.

1 packet of vanilla or yellow cake mix (or you can bake a cake from scratch-Vanilla Cake recipe) 1 cup whole milk
1 cup condensed milk - lightly sweetened
1 cup evaporated milk (method described below)
1/2 cup shredded coconut shavings
For garnish - cherries and whipping cream

For making the evaporated milk:
Pour 2 1/2 cups whole milk into a medium heavy saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 45 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the sugar and continue simmering until reduced to 1 cup. The milk should turn light cream in color. Collect in a cup and keep aside to cool.

Bake the cake as outlined on the cake mix, or follow the recipe here.

In large bowl, stir together the condensed milk, evaporated milk and whole milk.

When the cake is cool, remove it from the pan and trim off the browned top, bottom, and side surfaces of the cake. This way you only have the soft inner core of the cake. Clean the cake pan and line it with two long, pieces of plastic wrap or butter paper. Return the cake to the pan and poke top of cake every 1/2 inch with a fork or toothpick. Slowly pour the Tres Leches Milk over the cake. Fold the ends of the plastic wrap over the top of the cake to enclose it completely so that milk does not drizzle out and instead gets soaked well by the cake. Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours or overnight, if you have the time.

Right before serving, cut the cake into slices, spread the whipping cream on the top, and garnish with raspberry sauce and a cherry. You can even toss it into a glass, cover it with some strawberry pieces, then pour some chocolate sauce on it and serve like a classic dessert!!

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KellytheCulinarian said...

Yum! I ate this a ton when I lived abroad. It's tasty and filling but not too heavy.

Mishmash ! said...

title got me here!!
This sounds absolutely yum with all that condensed milk and evaporated the heavy cream on top....I guess I will use the canned milks to make it easier :D Thanks a lot for sharing....:)


Anonymous said...

Yummy!!! I know how this feels...soft and mushy and I am totally nuts over the taste of this cake!!


Foodie said...

First time on your blog I guess.
Loved your three milk cake. Doesn't that get too sweet with all that condensed milk ??
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Pravs said...

First time here..thanks for coming by.Have not tried this cake so far...looks so good. 3 types of milk to make this cake..thats interesting.

Tee said...

looks awesome!

Sharmi said...

yummy looking cake. I am drooling.

Cynthia said...

That sounds like a moist, delicious cake but I think I'll have to past, sorry :( Too much dairy for me.

Savithri said...

What an interesting cake!! Sounds delicious:)

FH said...

What a beauty!! Yummy recipe!:)

Cris said...

Oh I cannot see the picture! But I love the recipe, this is so new to me, I use condensed milk a lot to bake and cook, but oh my this cake seems to be so delicious, I am writing it down, it looks simple and elegant with the coconut on top.

Cris said...

Thank you so much for your prompt response!!! The reason I asked is that a friend is sponsoring an event with garbanzo beans, so I thought I could give it a try. I might end up with some kind of dip. :-)

Kajal said...

WOW........her is my fav dish looks nice my dear and also MW.:)

Anonymous said...

this looks heavenly man!! I think I've eaten it at someone's b'day r so right about it melting in your mouth!!:)

Anonymous said...

Wow Mansi, this looks so delicious!!! god I could eat it right out of your blog!! and you've described it very well, I tried finding this recipe on the internet and alwasy something was not clear...but yours is great and I'm going to make it for my kids this weekend!!



Pooja Na(i)rayan said...

I cant believe I found this recipe atlast. There is cuban place in miami where I take all the guest who visit us. All the guest eat like civilised people and end up finding for their Tres Leche cake. I need to fwd ur blog to my cousin who embarrased me( a food fight). I love ur blogs. the recipes are good

Mansi said...

Thanks everyone! I'm so glad I found this recipe and could share it with all of u:)

Sheena - let us know how it goes!

mocha - I can imagine a food fight over somthing this delicious:) thx for your compliments, hope your cousin likes this blog too!!

Valli said...

hey mansi,
thanks for leaving comments on my page. I also make this tres leches cake and its always a hit with the guests. I love making this because its so very easy - just get the mix and milk tins and put everything together. I never used coconut as topping - will do that for the next pary. However I used chocolate cake instead of french vanilla, and that was also awesome :)

Anonymous said...

I think using condensed milk, evaporated milk and coconut milk would make this cake awesome, too. And then top with whipped cream and coconut! MMMMMMMMMMMMM

Anonymous said...

I prepared this cake in the exact same way and it came out awesome!!! Thanks for the recipe