A slice of tres leches cake on a pewter plate, cake is topped with strawberries

Tres leches

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Refrigerate Overnight 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Rachael
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Tres leches cake is a deliciously sweet cake that is soaked in milk syrup and topped with whipped cream.


  • 1 package butter yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
  • 1 can evaporated milk 12 ounces
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Garnish (Optional):
  • Berries


  • Preheat oven to 350° F Grease a 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine cake mix, eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  • Beat with a hand mixer to combine until well incorporated. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes.
  • In a large bowl combine evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream together. Whisk topping ingredients until combined.
  • Use a chopstick or skewer, and generously poke holes in top of the warm cake. Pour milk mixture slowly over cake, and let the mixture absorb and fill the holes.
  • Refrigerate, covered, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Just before serving, add cream, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla, and beat until it begins to thicken. Continue to beat until soft peaks form. Spread over cake.
  • Serve with sliced strawberries (optional)

Nutrition Information

Calories: 338, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 95mg, Sodium: 448mg, Potassium: 213mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 750IU, Vitamin C: 6.6mg, Calcium: 163mg, Iron: 1.8mg