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Tres Leches Cake

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Soaking time 8 hrs
Servings 8


Sponge cake

  • 3 large eggs separated
  • 1/2 cup sugar or dry sweetener of choice
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice

Milk mixture to soak the cake

  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream liquid
  • 150 g condensed milk


  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp sugar or dry sweetener of choice
  • Candied cherries for decoration


Sponge cake

  • Preheat your oven to 170°C and grease a 15 cm * 20 cm pan with some oil and sprinkle flour to prevent sticking.
  • Separate the 3 eggs into 2 bowls (egg whites and egg yolks). With your hand or electric mixer, beat the egg yolks with 1/4 cup sugar on high speed for 2-3 mins until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the milk and vanilla and mix again. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and switch to a spatula to mix them into the batter.
  • Clean your mixer and start whipping the egg whites until foamy. Start adding the remaining 1/4 cup sugar gradually until the egg whites reach stiff peaks.
  • Gently FOLD the stiff egg whites into the cake batter using a spatula or a spoon.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 18-20 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • When done, turn the oven off, open the oven door a bit and let the cake cool gradually for 20 mins. After that, remove from oven and poke holes in it using a fork before pouring the milk mixture on top.

Milk mixture

  • In a bowl, mix the milk, cream and condensed milk all together. Pour it over the cake, let the cake cool completely then refrigerate overnight (or for 2 hours if you don't have the time).


  • With your mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream with vanilla and sugar. Put it on top on the soaked cake and decorate with whatever you like and enjoy! I added candied cherries!
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