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Favorite Tres Leches Cake

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + standing


20 servings

During our extensive travels to Central America, my husband and I have sampled many kinds of the popular tres leches (three milks) cake. I cam home and made my own version. I enriched the milk mixture with egg yolks before pouring it over the cake so it's more the consistency of heavy cream. --Joan Meyers, Palos Park, Illinois
Favorite Tres Leches Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/4 cup rum, optional
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Ground cinnamon, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat eggs for 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar and vanilla; beat for 2 minutes or until mixture becomes thick and lemon-colored. Combine flour and baking powder; fold into egg mixture. Spread batter into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  2. Bake until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs, 25-30 minutes. Place on a wire rack. Poke holes in cake with a skewer, about 1/2 in. apart.
  3. In a small saucepan, bring the three milks to a gentle boil over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; gradually stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks. Return all to pan, stirring constantly. If desired, stir in rum. Briefly cook over low heat until mixture reaches 160°, stirring constantly with wooden spoon or spatula. Do not over-cook or mixture will become too thick. Immediately pour milk mixture over cake, allowing mixture to absorb into cake. Let stand 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. In a large heavy saucepan, combine frosting ingredients over medium-low heat. With a hand mixer, beat on low speed 1 minute. Continue beating on low speed over medium-low heat until frosting reaches 160°, about 4-6 minutes.
  5. Pour into a large bowl; beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Spread over cake. If desired, sprinkle with ground cinnamonStore in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 267 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 97mg cholesterol, 126mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.

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