Cuatro Leches Cake with Plums and Apricots

Cuatro Leches Cake with Plums and Apricots

Pastel de Cuatro Leches con Ciruelas y Chabacanos
10 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: apricot, Cajeta, cake, evaporated milk, milk, pati’s mexican table, plums, Sweetened Condensed Milk, whipped cream
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Cuatro Leches Cake with Plums and Apricots recipe from Pati’s Mexican Table Season 8, Episode 3 "South by South of the Border with Vivian Howard"


  • 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 9×13” 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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  1. 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. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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?