Cuatro Leches Cake with Plums and Apricots

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Cuatro Leches Cake with Plums and Apricots

Cuatro Leches Cake with Plums and Apricots

Pastel de Cuatro Leches con Ciruelas y Chabacanos

Recipe Yield

10 servings

Cooking time

32 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.43 from 7 votes


  • 8 eggs separated
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour extra to flour pans
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Cajeta or Dulce de Leche
  • 6 plums pitted and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 6 apricots pitted and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • Unsalted butter to butter pans

To Prepare

  • Set oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°Butter and flour two 9x13” baking pans.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks until creamy, thickened and intensely yellow. Incorporate the oil, 1/4 cup of the milk, and vanilla and continue beating until well mixed. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In another large bowl, with a hand mixer or a whisk, beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks, add the sugar and continue beating until they hold stiff peaks. Taking turns, with a rubber spatula, gently fold the flour mixture and the beaten egg whites into the yolk mixture until well incorporated. Scrape the mixture onto the two prepared pans.
  • Bake for 22 to 24 minutes until a toothpick comes out moist but not wet. Remove the cakes from the oven and let cool.
  • Meanwhile, make the milk mixture in a bowl by combining the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and the remaining 1 cup whole milk. Mix well with a whisk.
  • Once cakes cool to room temperature, poke holes in both cakes with a toothpick or fork. Pour half the milk mixture onto one of the cakes. Let the milks seep in for at least 10 minutes.
  • Drizzle the cajeta or dulce de leche all over the wet cake and place on all the sliced plums and apricots. Top with the second cake. Pour the rest of the milk mixture on top and let it soak up the sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until ready to eat.
  • When ready to eat, whip the heavy cream with the confectioners’ sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread the whipped cream over the cake and serve.

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48comments inCuatro Leches Cake with Plums and Apricots

  1. Sol

    Feb 01

    Hoy es el cumpleaños de mi esposo y me pidió que haga esta torta como torta de cumpleaños. Fue un éxito con toda la familia, nos encantó! 😁 Soy argentina y disfruté mucho el toque del dulce de leche en este riquísimo postre mexicano. Muchas gracias Pati por esta deliciosa receta!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 01

      Me encanta saber que les gusto a todos Sol, que alegria! Mil felicidades y abrazos para tu esposo en su cumple!

  2. Carlos Ayala

    Jun 28

    Pati, I think this dessert has won me over the most out of all the sweets I’ve ever seen you make. Tres leches is a favorite in my family, but CUATRO leches with the extra Dulce de Leche layer…it screams “Yum!” all over, haha. What would you suggest though, if you only have one square pan instead of two, but still want to make the layers with the sliced fruit?

    I’m visiting my best friend in El Salvador this year, and he wants to learn to bake. I think he and I will have a lot of fun trying to tackle this one!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 03

      So happy you like this recipe so much Carlos, my suggestion will be to bake one cake, cool it down, unmold it and then bake the second one, layers are important! Good luck 😉

  3. Rosie

    Apr 06

    Compre los ingredientes hoy !! Pastel de cumple para mi esposo mañana.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 08

      Ojala que le haya gustado mucho Rosie, Feliz Cumple a tu esposo 😉

  4. Dahlynn

    Mar 30

    Happy birthday, Patti!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 04

      Thanks so much for the birthday wishes!

  5. Nora Keough

    Mar 30

    Thank you so much for your delicious recipes,and for teaching us how to cook truly authentic Mexican food. Hats off to you dear Patti❤️

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 04

      You are incredibly kind Nora, thank you!

  6. Connie Smoot

    Mar 24


    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 29

      Que bueno que te gusto Connie!

  7. Anita L. Voiselle

    Nov 08

    How deep are the pans you used for this?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 04

      These are just traditional pyrex baking pans, I think those are around 3″ deep 🙂

  8. El Pajaro Loco (Woody)

    Jul 08


    My wife and I enjoy you and how you share your ‘love’ through your shows. You always make us smile.

    Would you recommend equal quantity of very ripe strawberries as substitute for the fruit?

    I thought about calling this Cinco Leches if you count the heavy whipping cream 😉

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 08

      Yes! Strawberries would be perfect and you are right, 5 leches it is, enjoy 🙂

  9. Mrs. Bonnie Sandy Stollowitz Bernstein

    Jul 07

    Dear Pati,

    I just saw your show for the first time on PBS and absolutely loved it. You cooked so much food with another lady. Johnny cakes, sausage and sauce and vegetables and the big cake. I will probably not taste this cake ever in my lifetime because the chef cooks for me here in Florida. I loved your program. I used to cook a lot for my family but not anymore.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 08

      Thanks Bonnie, so glad you found me!

  10. Patty M

    May 29

    Wow! Can’t wait to make this for my family beach vacation next month! I’m sure it will be a hit.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 12

      Awesome, let me know how you guys like it 🙂

  11. Brian O

    May 08

    I watched you make this on your TV show and it looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try it and it looks like the perfect dessert to take to a pot luck or a friend’s dinner.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      Very happy to read that you liked this recipe and are planning to give it a try Brian, hope you and your friends will enjoy the cake!

  12. Kenda Miller

    Sep 06

    I can’t wait to try this scrumptious looking dessert!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 06

      Gracias Kenda, enjoy 😉

  13. Dan

    Sep 05

    What size cans for condensed and evaporated milk?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 06

      One regular 14 oz can of condensed milk and one regular 12 oz can of evaporated milk will do Dan 🙂

  14. Carolina de California

    May 18

    Estimada Pati,

    Muchas felicitaciones por tu programa. Tu exito es el exito de muchas mujeres y eres un buen ejemplo a seguir. Me encanta el toque personal y de familia que incorporas en tu programa en PBS. He visto crecer a Juju que a veces se me olvida que no lo conozco personalmente. Tus tres hijos, con su personalidad individual, son el producto del esfuerzo que han hecho Uds. como padres.

    Este escrito no es una critica, es solo una sugerencia para que la pruebes en tu casa a ver como te gusta.
    Como en el invierno no se consiguen ciruelas y albaricoques frescos que valgan la pena, se pueden usar ciruelas pasas y albaricoques secos previamente cortados con tijera en trocitos pequeños. Una vez cortados, se ponen en una taza de medir de vidrio, se le vierte como unas dos cucharadas de jugo de naranja fresco o una cucharada de ron o sino de agua. Ahora, la taza se pone en el microondas por unos 2 minutos (calculo) para que la fruta se ponga suave. Dejarla enfriar y si todavia tiene liquido, escurrirla. A esta fruta se le incorpora parte del “topping” de crema de batir y se coloca entre medio de las dos tortas siguiendo las instrucciones tuyas. Mucha suerte y a ver si te gusta.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 20

      Hola Carolina, mil gracias por tus palabras, las aprecio mucho. Buenisimo el tip con las frutas secas durante el invierno, que delicia, seguro que lo voy a tomar en cuenta 🙂 Un abrazo!

  15. Rosa

    May 05

    What a delicious cake !
    All your recipes are Amazing .

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Thank you so much Rosa!

  16. Gloria Rafanan

    May 05

    I will bake this for Mother’s Day!
    Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Thanks to you Gloria! I hope you liked it and that you had a great Mothers day 😉

  17. Fred Schweser

    May 04

    You are the best!!! Fred from Omaha Nebraska USA!!🚀🚀‼️

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 04

      Thanks so much Fred 🙂

  18. Jazmin Quiroz

    Apr 21

    It was a great cake! I made this for my moms and my aunts birthday and they loved it! Thank you for sharing this recipes Pati! Loved it!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      Glad to hear this Jazmin. Happy Birthday to both of them 😉

  19. Jannett Kushnir-Rivera

    Apr 18

    Hola Pati
    I’m not a cook but this cuatro leches is delicious.
    Thank you for teaching me how to make it. I love you show and don’t miss any of them.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 19

      Thanks so much Jannett for tuning in 😉 Love to read you enjoyed this cake.

  20. Rosita G.

    Jan 12

    Hi Pati,
    Would the cake taste the same if made a day ahead? I want to make it tonight and we will serve tomorrow at lunch time.
    Thank you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 12

      Oh for sure. Have a great lunch, Rosita!

  21. Quiqui

    Dec 14

    Hi Pati,
    Absolutely love you and your authentic recipes, I make Tres Leches cake often and can’t wait to make your recipe today. What in your opinion would be the tastiest fruits to use besides the plums and apricots?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 14

      Oh really anything you like, Quiqui!

  22. Levi Phineas

    Dec 02

    Hello Pati, I love the idea of having two layers of cake that I do NOT have to slice for this Cuatro Leches Cake recipe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 04

      Enjoy the cake, Levi!

  23. Patty B.

    Nov 02

    Hi Pati, I would love to make this Cuatro Leches Cake. Where can I find the video for this receipe? Thank you!

    PS Love your programs!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 05

      The video will be up on Amazon the last week of November, Patty! Or you can find a re-run on your local PBS channel:

  24. Lety M

    Oct 22

    Hi Pati!
    I’m excited to try this recipe, including making the Cajeta Casera! However, apricots aren’t really in season here anymore and I wondered what you would suggest as a substitute?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 25

      Oh any fruit would be delicious, Lety!

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