Easy Tres Leches Cake

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This easy Tres Leches Cake is perfect for any occasion! You can top it with either whipped cream or marshmallow frosting. The cake is moist, sweet, and absolutely delightful!

Tips for Making Tres Leches Cake

  • Make the sponge cake 1-2 days in advance and keep it covered.
  • Avoid overmixing the batter after adding the flour.
  • Gently fold whipped egg whites into the batter to keep it airy.
  • Run a knife around the edges of the cake immediately after baking to prevent tearing.
  • Let the cake soak overnight for the best flavor and texture.

Easy Tres Leches Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours
Course Dessert
Servings 12


**Sponge Cake**

  • – 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • – 1 tsp baking powder
  • – 1/4 tsp salt
  • – 5 large eggs separated
  • – 1 cup granulated sugar divided
  • – 1/4 cup whole milk
  • – 1 tsp vanilla extract

**Milk Mixture**

  • – 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • – 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • – 1/2 cup heavy cream

**Whipped Cream**

  • – 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • – 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • – 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • – 1/2 tbsp cinnamon for sprinkling on top

**Marshmallow Frosting**

  • – 2 large egg whites
  • – 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • – 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • – 1/8 tsp salt
  • – 1 tsp vanilla extract


#### Sponge Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Grease a 9×13-inch cake pan with butter or oil spray.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Separate the egg whites from the yolks. In a large bowl, beat the yolks with 3/4 cup of sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Mix in the milk and vanilla extract.
  • Gently fold in the flour mixture.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg whites with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold half of the beaten egg whites into the batter, then fold in the rest until smooth and fluffy.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool for 30 minutes, then prick the top with a fork.

#### Milk Mixture

  • In a large measuring cup or bowl, combine evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream. Whisk until fully mixed.
  • Pour the milk mixture over the cooled cake, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

#### Whipped Cream

  • In a bowl, whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar on medium speed until soft peaks form.
  • Add vanilla extract and mix to combine.
  • Spread or pipe the whipped cream over the cake and sprinkle with cinnamon.

#### Marshmallow Frosting

  • In a heatproof bowl, combine egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt. Place over a pot of simmering water and whisk until the mixture reaches 140°F.
  • Remove from heat and whip with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer until stiff peaks form and the mixture is thick and glossy.
  • Add vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Spread or pipe the frosting over the cake. Toast with a kitchen torch or under a broiler for 1-2 minutes.


  • Store the Tres Leches Cake in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • For stabilized whipped cream, melt 1 tsp unflavored gelatin in 1 tbsp hot water and add to the whipped cream after soft peaks form.
  • Serve with fresh berries if desired.
  • Resting the cake in the fridge for at least 12 hours improves the consistency.
  • If you can’t find evaporated milk, use regular milk or mix 1.25 cups water with 1 cup powdered milk.
  • Substitute heavy cream with milk or half-and-half if needed.

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