Easy Tres Leches Cake

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Recipe - Easy Tres Leches Cake

Image and Recipe by Rookie with a Cookie


Sponge cake:

  • 4 large eggs separated
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt or a pinch
  • 1/4 cup milk use a little more if needed

Three milk soak:

  • 1 14 oz can of sweet condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 12 oz can of evaporated milk
  • 5 green cardamoms crushed


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • ground cinnamon for dusting the top


Sponge cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and butter a square 8-inch pan (if you like a thicker slice) or a 9x13 baking pan if you like the thickness in the pictures.
  2. Separate the yolks from the whites. In the yolks, add half of the sugar and whip it up with your mixer until its pale yellow, fluffy and has tripled in volume. Add vanilla extract and mix. The batter should fall in a ribbon.
  3. In another bowl, whip up the whites with the remaining sugar (add it all at once) until stiff peaks form. This will take some time.
  4. In a bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder and salt and sift half of it into the bowl with the egg yolks. Using a spatula, fold the flour into the egg yolks and add pour in milk slowly to help it combine. Once the flour has incorporated completely, fold in the egg whites very carefully so as not to deflate the batter. When folding, I scoop the batter and drop it in itself until all of the whites have been added and fully incorporated into the batter. Do not use a whisk.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 mins or until the top becomes golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. My oven baked these super fast (about 12-15 mins) so just keep an eye out on your oven.
  6. Once baked, let the cake cool slightly and then poke it all over with a fork.

Three milk soak:

  1. In a saucepan, pour the can of evaporated milk and let it steam. Once tiny bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan, add crushed green cardamoms and let it steam for a few minutes. The flavor of the cardamom really pulls through in this cake! The cardamom is optional. If you don't want to use it, then skip this step and just add evaporated milk with the other milks.
  2. Strain the evaporated milk into a jug or mixing bowl and then pour the condensed milk and cream. Give the three milks a good whisk and then pour it very slowly on the cake making sure you cover the entire surface slowly. The liquid may look plenty but trust me the sponge cake (with all those tiny holes) will absorb all of it in half an hour. I like to cover the pan with a cling wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 mins to an hour.
  3. Finally, whip up the cream with sugar until stiff peaks form and cover the top of the cake with a thick layer. Dust the top with ground cinnamon using a sifter or sieve and serve with strawberries.


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