Tres Leches Cake


Tres Leches Cake

Pastel de Tres Leches or Three Milk’s Cake, is one of the most, if not the most popular and sold cake throughout Mexico. It is also amongst the most requested recipes I have been asked for after Pickled Jalapeños and Piggie cookies. So dear readers, I am sorry it has taken this long but here it goes! I promise to get to the other requests, which I love getting on your emails, as soon as possible.

Tres Leches is a sweet, practically wet, homey cake. Its base is a vanilla sponge cake, completely soaked in a sauce traditionally made with three kinds of milk: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and regular milk. Some versions substitute regular milk with heavy cream. The cake will sometimes have a topping like fresh whipped cream, which I seriously consider of utmost necessity. Sometimes the topping turns out to be meringue or even chocolate ganache.

Growing up in Mexico City, there was a bakery called La Gran Via, which sold such delicious Tres Leches that even though it was far from home, we used to drive many Sundays to get one. These days La Gran Via has become a large chain store of bakeries… it has been years since I have eaten one of  their cakes. This recipe, is as close as I get to my nostalgic memories.

To make the sponge cake as fluffy as can be, start by beating the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Add the sugar and keep on beating until they hold stiff peaks.


Separately beat the egg yolks until thick, creamy and very pale in color and add some vanilla.

I really feel the need to take a photo of the vanilla and show it to you. It’s Mexican vanilla from Papantla, the place where vanilla originated. Vanilla grown and harvested in Papantla, really blows me away. And just look how pretty the bottle is…

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Then pour the egg yolks (look at how thick and pale the egg yolks are after beating them for 4 to 5 minutes, that’s what you want) with that hint of vanilla, onto the egg white mixture.

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Pour it all on top…

Gently, with a spatula, in evolving motions, combine the yellow with the white, being careful not to lose much of the volume and fluffiness already achieved.

Once well combined, add the flour and incorporate it in evolving motions.

Pour that batter onto the prepared pan, buttered and lined with parchment paper.

It is a simple cake batter: just egg whites, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla and flour. But it turns out fluffy, homey and spongy because of the way these ingredients are used.

Into the oven for about 25 minutes, until the cake has a nice tanned crust, it is spongy to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.

After you get the cake out of the oven, invert it onto a plate and poke all over with a fork, or two forks. You want to help the cake find ways to absorb the sauce you are about to make.

There goes the condensed milk and the evaporated milk into the regular milk, and a bit more vanilla.

Some modern versions of the cake add other kinds of flavors into the sauce, like chocolate, cajeta (Mexican goat’s milk version of dulce de leche) or Rompope (Mexican eggnog). If you like a hint of alcohol in your desserts, go ahead and pour in some Rum or Kahlua.

Pour all the sauce on top…

Though not all versions of the cake have whipped cream on top I think it is of the most absolute necessity. Life or death. NEED it. Spoon it. Spread it.

The cake tastes much better when it has had a chance to soak in all of that sauce and when it is cold. So it is a good idea to cover it and refrigerate it for at least an hour.

It is simple to eat, simple to see, simple to make. It is a simply unfussy and tasty dessert that is somewhat neutral, so it can take many variations. Of course you can add some fruit on top or in between, fresh strawberries work really nice here, its your choice.

The fluffy yet completely wet cake holds its shape as it gives in to the flavor of the sauce. The whipped cream, as you can see, just needs, needs, needs to go on top. It makes such a nice contrast with the wetness and sweetness of the cake. After you try it, let me know what you think. Whipped cream on top?

Tres Leches Cake 13

Tres Leches Cake

Pastel de Tres Leches
10 to 12 pieces
Pati Jinich
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cake, Dessert, evaporated milk, mexican vanilla, milk, Recipe, Sweetened Condensed Milk, tres leches, whipped cream
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Pastel de Tres Leches or Three Milk’s Cake, is one of the most, if not the most popular and sold cake throughout Mexico. It is also amongst the most requested recipes I have been asked for after Pickled Jalapeños and Piggie cookies. So dear readers, I am sorry it has taken this long but here it goes! I promise to get to the other requests, which I love getting on your emails, as soon as possible.


For the cake:

  • 9 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the sauce:

  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

To Prepare

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 inch pan, lining the bottom with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit the pan.
  • Pour the egg whites into the bowl of your mixer and beat on medium-high speed for 4 to 5 minutes, or until they hold soft peaks. Slowly stir in the sugar and continue beating until they hold hard or more stiff peaks. Turn off the mixer and with a spatula, move the egg white mixture onto a large mixing bowl.
  • Rinse the bowl of the mixer and its whisk. Now pour the egg yolks into the bowl of the mixer and beat on medium-high speed for about 5 to 6 minutes, or until the egg yolks become creamy, puffy and their color has toned down to an almost cream color rather than a loud yellow. Stir in the vanilla and continue beating for another minute. Turn off the mixer.
  • Pour the egg yolk mixture onto the egg white mixture and with a spatula, in evolving motions, combine them into a homogeneous single batter. Do so gently trying not to lose much volume from the mixture. When fully combined, fold in the flour, scraping the bowl with the spatula so that all the flour is well mixed.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and place into the oven for 22 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. It can be a bit moist, but not wet. The top of the cake should be tanned and feel fluffy if you touch it. Remove it from the oven and let it cool.
  • Once it cools down, turn it onto a platter. Remove the parchment paper and cover the top with an upside down platter and invert again. The platter should be large enough to hold the cake and the vanilla sauce you are about to prepare. Using a fork, or two, poke wholes all over the cake so that it will better absorb the vanilla sauce.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, milk, and vanilla extract. Pour the vanilla sauce over the cake.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, whip up the heavy cream with the confectioners’ sugar on medium-high speed until the mixture holds up stiff peaks, about 1 to 2 minutes. Spread the whipped cream all over the already wet cake. Then yum, eat it all up.

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  1. I would like to make this in two round cake pans to make it a layer cake. I’m not a baker at all! Do I use the same amount of batter and divide it between the two round pans? Help!

  2. This cake recipe made for a great “project” for my mother and I to make together. She was diagnosed with dementia a year ago and her attention capacity is minimal. I tasked her with separating the eggs, washing the mixing bowl and spatula, poking the gazillion holes and of course, eating the cake! She did not want to wait to let the cake cool but I convinced her that we should follow the recipe for the best results. What is your opinion on adding the milk mixture (maybe refrigerated?) to the cake right out of the oven?

    1. This is so sweet of you Nikki, glad that baking this cake was a fun activity for your mom. I think the cake absorbs the 3 leches better when it has cooled off but the idea of a warm Tres Leches sounds yummy as well 🙂

  3. Hi Pati! Love your recipes and shows! Do you have to turn the cake out before soaking or can you leave it in the pan its baked in to poke and sauce it? Thank you

    1. Hey BJ, it would be better to turn it so you can remove the parchment paper because if not it will be a mess when serving it. And if you don’t use the parchment your cake will stick to the pan and that would be not fun 🙂

  4. Thanks for the reminding me about La Gran Vía. I had completely forgotten about this wonderful place. I grew up in Mexico City as well, and my special birthday request every year, growing up was their Pastel Reina. It was the most incredible strawberry cake. Do you think you could recreate that?

  5. I made this for my spanish class and the professor was very impressed. every time i have made this it was been perfect. generally, I reduce the sugar and try to fold gently and slowly. It never fails and its always delicious! thank you so very much pati.

  6. Hola paty. Solo una duda la azúcar para el pan es azúcar estándar o azúcar refinada? Ojala me puedas ayudar saludos

  7. Thank you, Patti!!!! My family and I loved this cake. It was very easy to make and we loved the whipped cream on top.

  8. Pati I love your recipes. Haven’t tried one I haven’t liked. Thanks so much for sharing! I just made this one tonight but added strawberries to mine and I gotta say this is my go to recipe from now on. I had never made tres leches so this was my first time and it was so easy! Thank you!

  9. hola patti!
    i watched your show and you make this 3 leches cake that i want to make the one that is in your web site it is not the same that
    you make un the show the one i saw you make has caramel in the middle as well is peaches and plums please put up that recipe thanks

  10. Hi, Pati! I LOVE your show and recipes! I’m thinking about making this cake and had a quick question! Can I make the cake ahead of time and freeze it for about a week without the milk sauce? When I want to serve the cake, I’m thinking I will take out the cake and let it thaw then add the milk sauce, let it soak into the cake and add the topping after soaking? Thanks in advance! 🙂

  11. Hi! I love watching your pbs show and all the delicious dishes! Going to make this recipe for my daughter’s birthday! It’s her favorite kind of cake, not overly sweet like other cakes and frosting.
    Question, if I were to make this into 2 round layers to stack, what would be the best method to pour the milk sauce and stack the layers? Should I pour the sauce to each layer separately, chill, and stack them after they fully absorb? Or pour, then stack right away to chill?
    Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous recipes!!

    1. Please tell your daughter happy birthday from me, Crystal! To make the cake two layers, just make the layers separately, unmold, top one layer with some whipped cream (and strawberries if you wish), add the second layer, then pour a double amount of the sauce. Let it all soak for about 10 minutes and then top with whipped cream. You can then decorate with more strawberries on top.

  12. We are having a Mexican-themed potluck lunch at my work. I’m going to make this for a dessert. Is making it the night before okay? Also what about the whipped topping? Should it go on at the same time or would it be better whipped and applied the day it’s served?

    1. This is a great cake for a potluck! You can refrigerate the cake for 3 days, so for sure you can make it the night before. I hope you have a great lunch at work.


  14. I am making this recipe for myself and one other person. Do you think it would be possible to make a smaller cake by halving the ingredients and using a 9″ round baking pan? If so, would it bake for roughly the same amount of time?

    1. ​I think it would be the same amount of batter for a 9 inch than for the pan I use. So I would use the same amount of batter and cook for same amount of time. Invite some friends over or just… eat a lot of cake!​

  15. Oh my goodness. I think I almost fainted when I tried the fresh homemade whipped cream for the first time! Always used to get it in those little plastic tubs. I don’t think I can go back to that.

  16. Was looking for the chocolate flourless tres Leches with almond flour that you made in Atlanta on November 16. It was FABULOUS. Please send recipe. I asked you about it last night and you said it was on the website but but didn’t find it. I loved the dinner ,but really loved hearing about you story. It was a wonderful evening. Thank you so much. Toni Adler

  17. Do you think that this recipe would work with gluten free flour? I really want to make this for a family dinner, but cannot ingest wheat flour.

      1. It worked great! I did use a little extra vanilla (real homemade) and added less than a 1/4 t. of almond flavoring. It was really good. Though, how can I get the Leches to soak in better? It seemed to just slide off the cake? Sure, it soaked in but there was still a puddle on the serving tray.

  18. Will try doing this cake, however, can i use coconut milk instead of regular milk. Awaiting your response. Thank you, love all your recipes

  19. 20 years ago I used to buy a moist cake topped with pineapple and cream cheese, baked in a springform pan. The neighbor is now gone. Does anyone have the Pa recipe?

  20. This is absolutely wonderful! I added fresh strawberries to the whipped cream layer. Wonderful and satisfying cake, and surprisingly light! Never afraid of a good, wholesome dessert! Thank you very much, dear Pati! We can tell you cook with your heart and you are generous to share the beauties of your extraordinary Mexican heritage. Very grateful!

  21. Pati, this is my absolute favorite cake recipe to use! I’ve made this cake at least a dozen times and it never disappoints. Has this ever been on your show? I’ve only recently started watching it (and I’m in love with it, by the way), but I haven’t seen this or many desserts on the show yet.
    Thank you! <3

    1. I’m so happy to hear that this is your favorite cake recipe Rose!!! It’s from all the way back in Season Two. There are lots of great dessert recipes on the website, and I’m excited to share more in Season Six in the fall.

  22. Hi Pati,

    I’m making this for a wedding shower on Saturday. How far ahead would you recommend I make it?


  23. Mine is baking now and boy does it smell delish!!!! I put mine in 2 layer pans so I can put fruit inbetween the layers and on top. My honey asked for one from Dillons and I cant wait to surprise him with this one for his birthday today 🙂

  24. I make a tres leches cake almost every year for my husband’s birthday. Tres leches is his favorite, and this recipe is the best by far. Thanks so much for sharing this with us so we can enjoy, too! This year I’m going to try a double layer with whipped cream and strawberries in the middle layer (and whipped cream on top, of course)!

  25. Thank-you, Pati! This cake was absolutely delicious! I followed your directions exactly and was sooo pleased with how it turned out. I was a little concerned that there was too much sauce pooling around the caked but it was absorbed over the course of the evening in the fridge. I had never tasted Tres Leches cake before but I’ll definitely be making this again! Here are a few pictures…

  26. Thank-you, Pati! I made this cake earlier today following your recipe exactly as written and it is soooo delicious! I was a bit concerned that there was too much sauce on the platter around the cake but as it sits in the fridge, the cake is slowly soaking it all up. I just went back for a second piece (lol) and there is only a little of the sauce visible around the cake. My husband is going to love this when he gets home tomorrow…if there’s any left!

  27. Thank you so much for this recipe! I saw someone make a Tres Leches Cake on Masterchef Canada and it got me curious. I made it last weekend for my husband and mother-in-law. They both loved it! It’s so comforting. My husband is actually crazy about it! I’ll definitely make it again. Here are some photos! I decorated it with sliced pears.

  28. Hola Pati! I made this cake over the weekend with great success. I followed your recipe to the tee, split the batter and made two 9 in. cake pans. The cake had the perfect amount of sweetness and density. My husband who is a huge fan of yours and Juju can’t stop raving about how good it was and my sister requested I make her one for her birthday later this month. Thank you for posting a wonderful and “authentic” Mexican recipe!

  29. Made the cake for the first time and completely nailed it! Followed the directions exactly and I couldn’t have been happier with the results! It was dense but moist, not too sweet and the whipped cream on top is pure perfection! I can’t wait to make this again!

  30. Hello! I have tried to make a tres leches cake before and it came out okay, I think I am going to try your recipe next though! Is there a specific brand of sweetened condensed milk that you would suggest? One of the problems with the one I made before was that it just tasted way too sweet and I used the Eagle Brand. Would Nestle Carnation or La Lechera be better?

    1. Hey Andrea, I go for La Lechera, give it a go. But you may also want to tweak and add more of the 2 other milks, evaporated and whole milk, which are less sweet!

  31. Thank you for this recipe! Absolutely delicious!
    I lived in Mexico for 9 years. Pastel de tres leches is one of the many things my husband and I have missed from his homeland in the year and a half since we moved our young family back to my homeland. I’ve wanted to try baking one since the first time I tasted it – thank you for making it sound and look easy! I will most definitely be making this again!

  32. Thank you for the marbles recipe. I look forward to one with a chocolate sauce with the vanilla cake. I will be trying 1/3c unsweetened cocoa powder added to my tres leches to pour on the cake.

  33. How exactly would you make the Tres Leches chocolate? Do you have a recipe for that you would be willing to share? A co-worker asked me to make this for our company Christmas party, but he wants chocolate sauce. I have made this original recipe for him before and he LOVED it. Guess I did it right since he wants it again! Thank you!!

  34. Thank you! Im from Mexico living in London and the only way to satisfy the craving for
    Tres Leches Cake is by making it with this recipe, we love it! A make for friends too for their birthdays as they love it too! Is there any way to make this in a smaller size? Would I have to half the ingredients for the sponge?

  35. This is the best cake I have ever had. The second time I made the cake I added pecans pieces, crushed pineapple and maraschino cherries on top of whipped topping. Thanks Pati for an awesome recipe. This doesn’t last long in my house.

  36. Hi Pati,
    My husband is from Mexico and tres leches is his favorite cake. I always thought since it was so delicious, it must be so difficult to make. You always give me confidence to try new things, to bring a little taste of home to my husband. Thank you!!

  37. Hi Patricia, No problem. I normally don’t post to boards such as this, but this recipe was such a disaster for me, and a total waste of a lot of eggs and other ingredients I felt strongly about leaving a comment to let others know to use caution and perhaps look elsewhere for a preferable recipe. I’ve lived in Texas, California, and Mexico and never eaten any Tres Leches that was as dense or tasteless as this. Ya never know with baking how things will work for you, but this was a major baking disappointment and ruined the “dessert” portion of the meal that day. Glad I found something preferable elsewhere. I just don’t believe in it’s “authenticity” given the wide range of Mexican food I’ve enjoyed and prepared in life, but happy for you if you found a way to enjoy it! 🙂

  38. Sorry Toni but I didn’t reply to you. I sent this comment to Pati to let her and others know how DELICIOUSLY AUTHENTIC this recipe was!

  39. Hi pati, I tried to make this cake for my birthday this week and I ended up making the cake too thin 🙁 any tips? Or can I just order this from you? Please help !

  40. Thank you. “Authentic” is in the eye (or tastebuds) of the beholder! 🙂 I’m Mexican and don’t find it “authentic” at all. But if others enjoy it somehow, that’s great!

  41. Hola Pati! I was asked to make a cake for a co-workers birthday so I decided to make your tres leches recipe, which I have never made before, since another co-worker, a Latina, was bringing menudo. I was a little concerned about the amount of eggs it had since a couple of reviews complained about it going flat and tasting eggy. I gave it a go anyway and I must say it was a HUGE success! I was told that is was authentic, had the perfect density and the right amount of tres leches. I brought in some chocolate syrup for the chocolate lovers that may have wanted to drizzle some on top. Thanks for the wonderful recipe and I will definitely be making this again. BTW it was very simple to make!

  42. Hola Pati! Thank you for fixing the pictures. I made this cake for mi Mexicano so he could feel closer to home for a little bit and he and his uncle loved it! They told me it was very authentic. One thing he said was it maybe had a bit too much vanilla (it had to be something haha). He also suggested canned peaches in the middle layer with the whipped cream of course! Thanks again for your help.

  43. I would not recommend this recipe unfortunately! It is simply too dense and not like any Tres Leches Cake I have ever had, and I’ve had many. Definitely save yourself some time and ingredients and look for another recipe elsewhere! Your could should be much more airy and delicious, not so compact and rough like this turned out to be.

    1. Wow Toni, you are kind of beating a dead horse, don’t you think? You made your point that you didn’t like this recipe with the first critical post so I think the next (at least) 2 are kind of gratuitous–makes it feel like you have an axe to grind with Pati. Out of all of the reviews that I read there were only 2 others that were less than glowing. I think it is great to post if you have had less than stellar results but multiple critical reviews on one recipe seems super zealous and unnecessary to me (unless you had to be rushed to the hospital as a result of ingesting this cake)

  44. Thank you so much for this recipe! I am having problems viewing the pictures though on many different computers. Any idea what went wrong here?

  45. Hi Pati,

    I was really excited to try your recipe. But I was disappointed with the result, not sure what I did wrong. I poked lots of holes all over the cake, and let it soak in the milk mixture overnight. But when I cut the cake, I discovered that the mixture hadn’t even penetrated most of the cake. It turned out just like a dry sponge cake with whipped cream on top. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks!

    1. Hi! I suggest you bake it 5 minutes less, that should do it. And make sure you are poking holes all throughout the cake and all the way to the bottom of the cake…

  46. OMG! This look delicious!!! I can’t bake apparently after several fails! I stumbled upon your page after a major tres leches craving. Just looking at your pics is making me drool!! lol Great job Pati, I’m truly inspired. Yum!

  47. Hola Pati!!! Acabo de terminar esta receta y mi esposo esta encantado , es la receta que siempre estaba buscando, muchas Gracias por compartirla con todos ,pero tengo una pregunta, tengo una muy numerosa familia y tu receta apenas alcanza para la cuarta parte de familia, dame sugerencias porfavor para hacer doble o triple cantidad pero sin batir tantas veces porfavor, soy una mujer muy ocupada ,pero los fines de semana hago de comer para la familia e iglesia , y somos como 40 personas, muchas gracias por su atencion, de Verdad Felicidades, su receta es la mejor 🙂

    1. Uy! Que bueno que les gustó. Pues Maria, te recomiendo que los hagas en tandas de 2! Y puedes usar los moldes que son el doble de grande o hornear de dos en dos a la vez…

  48. Hi Pati! My name is Lindsay and I have a school project I have to do for World History. We are supposed to choose a recipe from online and Google it. I decided to use your recipe because it seems simple and appealing for someone my age. The recipe seems easy enough to follow, but I am having trouble on finding out how to conserve it until school. I need to have this figured out by next week though for when my project is due! So if you could write me back at anytime convenient that would be great. By the way, I love your recipes and your cooking show! Thanks! -Lindsay

    1. Hola Lindsay, Thank you for picking my recipe to share with your classmates! You can make the cake and pour on the tres leches sauce up to 3 days ahead and keep it covered in the refrigerator. You can make the whipped cream topping separately, maybe the night before, and keep refrigerated in a tightly sealed container. To take it to school, I would keep it on the platter, wrap it tightly all around with plastic wrap to secure it, and cover with foil. You can take the whipped cream topping separately and spread on right before serving. Good luck with your project!

  49. I would like to make this cake for about 40 people. Can you send me the recipe? Thank you, I need by 5/18/15

  50. Made for 5 de Mayo party, it was amazing. Will have to make it many more times. It was gone in no time. Thank you for the recipe

  51. Hola Pati!
    I love the show and great recipes and once I saw this one I just had to make it. I made it for the first time for Easter but was kinda disappointed when all if the sauce wasn’t absorbed. Even though it was still very good and it was gone the very next day I wanted to try again to see if I did anything wrong. The second time around I made sure to cover top and bottom with holes everywhere and slowly added the sauce and instantly noticed a difference. It absorbed the sauce so rapidly and all of it this time and it tasted even better and looked so athuntic. Thank you so much will be making this cake at least once a year!

  52. Hi! I need to make a gluten free cake, and this sounds amazing…any opinion or experience making this with gluten free flour?

  53. I am attempting to make my first tres leches cake and your recipe sounds easy and delicious to try. I was wondering how i can make it into a coconut tres leches cake with a caramel frosting, since those are my favorite. Can you give me some advise on how to make the proper changes.

    1. I would substitute the evaporated milk for coconut milk, and add a layer of caramel in between two sheets of cakes, make it double!

  54. I used this recipe to make my first tres leches cake, and it was definitely a success! I enjoyed the simplicity of the batter, and my cake had a very spongy, porous texture that absorbed the “sauce” nicely. My biggest complaint is I found myself wanting more vanilla flavor in the cake and/or sauce. I added more vanilla that recommended, even used a whole vanilla bean in my cake, but still couldn’t find that sweet, vanilla flavor I’d grown to love when I had tres leches in Puerto Rico or Mexico.

    Oh, and I am team Whipped Cream all the way!

    1. Hola Cecilia, Thank you for trying my recipe & I’m happy to hear it was a success! For more vanilla flavor, feel free to add extra vanilla to the three-milks sauce and some to the whipped cream topping next time. Make it your own. 🙂

  55. Hello Pati! I tasted tres leches for the 1st time two years ago when i went to meet my boyfriend’s family in Texas. It’s his favorite cake and we found a few in bakeries here in maryland but nothing would even come close. I found your recipe last month and made it for him for valentine’s day, he loved it! Said it was one of the best he’s ever had! He brags about it all the time to his friends so i wanted to say thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

  56. thank you for the cake recipe. everything seemed to be going well until i added the flour…the very fluffy batter lost its fluff, and became more like peanut butter consistency, so i stopped adding the flour. i added some milk because the batter was so unlike your photo. i baked it and it was dense like a pancake. i am currently soaking the dense baked batter in the liquids overnight in the frig…hope it is still edible even though not at all spongy. do you believe the dense cake will be able to recover with the help of the soaking overnight? i know i will soon find out, but wondered if you have experienced the same density issue?

  57. Hi Pati, I came across your website when I was looking for an authentic tres leches recipe. I must say I was so excited to have seen your blog and recipe; I’m actually going to try and bake one tonight for the first time. Couple of questions for you (hopefully I get your response in time): On your instructions, you mentioned to preheat the oven for 360 degrees. Is that a typo and you meant 350 or it’s really 360 degrees? Also, you mentioned the use of parchment paper. I don’t have that but instead I have wax paper. Is that the same? Thanks!

    1. So happy you found my site, Laurice! Thank you for your note!! You’re right, should say 350 degrees. And, yes, wax paper is fine.

  58. I made this cake yesterday! Gorgeous recipe…did not disappoint! My husband and kids said it was the best Tres Leche cake they have ever had. Thank you so much! Wish I could show you a picture!
    Happy New Year!

  59. I’ve made this a couple of times and LOVE IT as is! So does everyone I have served it too. I am making two tomorrow for a big, Mexican New Years Eve party and will replace the vanilla in the sauce in one with 1/4 c of Khalua and place chocolate shavings on top, and the other I’ll replace the vanilla with 1/4 c of Gran Marnier and place fruit on top – keeping the whipped cream of course, because: WHIPPED CREAM = YUM

  60. This cake was my first shot at baking. I have been making this version of cake from past 2 years. My husband and all my friends absolutely love it. I have also tried my own variations and it has come out good.

    Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe Pati. You are amazing!

  61. OMG!!! I Just made this because my boyfriend kept bugging me to make a Tres Leches cake but it was so simple and easy to make! The middle didn’t as perfectly as yours but he still loved it anyway, thanks for this awesome recipe!

  62. This is a great recipe, but you didn’t include baking powder in the ingredients. Baking powder must be included to give the cake a light spongy consistency. Without the baking powder the cake can become far too dense.

  63. Hi Patti,
    This cake looks wonderful! I’m wondering if you think it could easily become a large sheet cake? I am making a huge sheet cake for a wedding and would love to try this cake!
    Also, do you think you could freeze the cake before adding the milks? I’d like to make the cake this weekend and the wedding is next weekend. We’re making a 4 tier red velvet cake too, so theres a lot to do!

    1. Yes! I think it can be a large sheet cake. Yes, I think you can freeze as well, but I don’t think there is a need. You can make and cover, soak in the milks and refrigerate until ready to use, when you can add the whipped cream…

  64. Pati thank you so much for your recipe! I am a home baker and I’m quite confident in my abilities. But when my husband’s boss who is from Mexico asked me to make a tres leches baby shower cake I got so nervous! I followed your recipe, darkened the sweeten milk as someone suggested and soaked the cakes a little less because it was a stacked cake. They loved it so much! Also, because you cannot really decorate with simple whipped cream, and they wanted a decorative cake, I found a recipe for sturdy whipped cream frosting and it worked beautifully. I decorated the outside with frosting petals and made a fondant baby to go on top! Thank you so much! FYI… here’s the link for the sturdy whipped cream frosting!

    1. Hola Kelli, So happy everyone enjoyed the tres leches cake at the baby shower! It sounds like it was fabulous!! Thank you for sharing the frosting…

  65. Hello again Pati,
    I looove pastel de tres lechesbut it’s always way too mushy. Until I tried this one! But is there any way I can make this into a double/triple layer (I know triple is pushing it) chocolate tres leelches cake?

  66. I would like to make tres leches cupcakes for a dessert table. How full should I fill the cupcake liners, how long should I cook them and how many cupcakes should this recipe make? I know you say whipped topping is a must, but do you have any other suggestions since the cupcakes will probably be outside in late August?

    1. Hola Tracy, Sounds fantastic! I would fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. It should make 10 to 12 cupcakes. I love the whipped topping, but if you’re concerned about the temperature, you could try a plain buttercream or any other basic frosting you think would hold up.

  67. I love Tres Leches and have been searching for the perfect recipe to make for a dinner party I am having in a couple of weeks. This looks incredible! Can you make the night before, or is it best to serve it the same day you make it?

  68. I have made this 3 times and I, personally don’t like Tres Leches cake but my husband and kids do. So take it from them, this recipe is a success. The first time I made it we didn’t let it sit long enough but I heard it was good. Then, my daughter requested me to make again to take to school because they had to take an authentic mexican dessert – came out awesome and at that time I made one for home also which had time to sit longer and it was GONE!!!! YOU ROCK!

  69. Hi Pati, thank you so much for this great recipe. My family and I really enjoyed it. I think that it is really good with chocolate syrup and strawberries over the top. Thanks again.

  70. In this recipe it shows in the ingrediants list that you need a tabespoon of vanilla for the cake batter, but in the directions it shows nowhere for you to add the vanilla. wherte am i supposed to add the vanilla to?

  71. I recently had this at Taqueria el Poblano (both at the Harrison Center and Columbia Pike in Arlington, VA) over Cinco de Mayo and fell in love and found your recipe to make it at home! I added a layer of fudge before the whipped cream and it was so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  72. Hi. I love your cake. But I have I question. Is it ok if I put whip cream topping on it and then put the cake in the fridge? My child has to take it to school and wants to top it at home. Please answer ASAP

  73. hi I was wondering why the bread came out like hard, like it need more room to breath lol was it too much eggs??? pls help

    1. It comes out hard, so that you can poke it all over and soak it with the Tres Leches sauce. It is a sturdy cake, so that it won’t come undone after being immersed in the sauce…

  74. Hi, I just have a question, if I wanted to make this cake with a box mix would it still work or would it not taste right? Thank you

  75. Darling Miss.Patti~My Hunny made the Tres Leches Cake & It was Wonderfull! Hunny is a Great Chef & I Compliment Him frequently. Best Cake We Ever Have Had is Truth! Merci,Grazi,Gracias,Thank You!

  76. Please please please make a chocoloate cake version of this! Would you just only do a 1 1/2cup flour and add a 1/2 cup cocoa powder?

  77. Hello Pati,

    My question is the following: Do you have a Gluten-free recipe for flour tortillas…..not corn tortillas?


  78. Pati, muchas gracias por esta receta. ¡Es muy rico! Still working on my Spanish! I made this cake for the first birthday of a Mexican friend’s baby. I doubled the recipe to make a larger cake. I used 1 1/2 times the milk recipe as she wanted it a little wetter. Frosted and decorated with whipped cream stabilized with gelatin. The whole cake disappeared in five minutes, and people raved about it. Said it was the best they had tasted outside of Mexico.

  79. Hi Pati
    I saw you on the chew so I started yo watch your show! Amazing! I made your tres leches cake today and it was amazing! I can’t wait to make another of ur recipes.

  80. This looks delicious & you seem really skilled at cooking. I just moved to the central coast in ca from L.a & im used to ordering a tres leches cake but no one seems to sell them here 🙁 my bday is tomorrow & I was searching tres leches in my area & your pg popped up , ive never been good at cooking but maybe my mom can try this yummy recipe. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  81. I am going to Mexico soon for a week of medical Spanish and general Spanish immersion (San Miguel de Allende, very beginner Spanish), and would love to stock up on vanilla while I am there. Do you have any brands that you would recommend, and where to buy It? I know that you have to be careful, because supposedly some “Mexican vanilla” is actually coumarin, which can be toxic.

  82. Pati, this might sound like a stupid question but what does it mean to whip the egg yolks until hold soft peaks/stiff peaks? I thank you in advance for your recipe and your reply. Merry Christmas.

    1. Hi John!
      You must be referring to the egg whites: soft peaks, is when the beaten egg whites look like waves, they can hold a shape for a few seconds, but do not look stiff. Stiff peaks is when they can hold a shape for a minute or more, when they look almost like merengues. As if you held a wave and froze it… Si?

  83. Well I must admit this is a very good cake. Althought I think I over baked it a bit. After 25 minutes it was not done. I baked it additional 15 minutes. I also made 1 1/2 of the sauce. I am glad I tried your recipe. Will be baking this again for Christmas.

    1. Hola Grace, Thank you so much for trying my tres leches recipe! I hope everyone enjoys it for Christmas. All the best to you…

  84. Why is there no milk in the cake, I have checked other recipes and they put milk in it. I would like to try this one but I am afraid it might not turn out right. Also others recipes have 5 or 6 egg yolks yours have 9 egg yolks. Why so many egg yolks?

  85. Pati. Me Encanta tu receta de pastel de tres leches no Falta en ningun cumpleanos ya hasta me la se de memoria. Pero please, please,please dime por favor Como lo puedo hacer de chocolate.te agradeceria mucho que me ayudaras con eso.

    1. Lo único que tienes que hacer, es preparar la salsa de Leches con chocolate. Escoge el chocolate syrup que más te guste, como si hicieras leche con chocolate: a tu gusto! O derrite un poco de chocolate a baño maría y mezcla con las leches…

  86. Mil gracias por esta receta, Pati! Your instructions were so easy-to-follow and the final product is a perfect, classic tres leches. The photos helped me be sure I was getting consistencies right. I left the cake in the pan for the sake of easy storage and transportation and, also, decorated it with maraschino cherries, like I’ve seen in Mexico and Central America. I am sure it will be a hit tonight at dinner!

  87. Hi Pati, I was wondering if changing the amount of eggs in the recipe from 9-6 is going to make a difference in texture? I tried this cake for the first time about a month ago at a place called Cafe` Rio and fell in love with it. I have been looking for a recipe that comes close to theirs, this is my opportunity to make yours and see the difference in taste and texture. Thanks!

  88. Hi Pati,
    I have a friend that is having a birthday and has specifically asked for a tres leche cake. I was wondering, are you able to stack the tres leche cake or is it too soft and moist? I was aiming to do three tiers. I was going to do a dry run with baking the cake first but didn’t want to make the same quanity as the acutal day as my hips couldn’t handle the volume of cake.


  89. Hi pati ive been looking for a tres leches cake and i came across your and it looks great i cant wait to try it, but i had a question might seem a little dumb but i need to know, does the parchment paper go ant the very bottom and then butter on top or butter on the bottom and the parchment paper on top of the butter?

    1. Hola Vero, That’s a great question! I always butter the pan and the sides of the pan, and then put the parchment on top. I hope you try the cake…

  90. Pati I would like to take the time to thank you for this fabulous recipe!
    I had made tres leches cake with Not much success, However my hubby Noel’s
    FAV cake is Tres Leches !So for his Birthday I knew i wanted to make him proud , after extensive
    Research and a million recipes . I KNEW YOUR RECIPE WAS THE ONE
    AGAIN ,LOVE Denisse Garcia

    1. Hola Denisse, Thank you so much for writing to me! I’m so happy you found my recipe, and even more happy that your husband enjoyed it for his birthday!!

  91. Hi Pati,
    I just came across your website and I am so happy to have found a site where there are authentic Mexican dishes! One question though, I only have 9 inch round pans can I use those instead?

      1. Hi Pati!
        Love your show and all the wonderful recipes. I am curious about using 2 9″ pans.
        Do you poke holes in both layers and add the sauce before you stack them?

        Thank you so much!

        1. Hey Marion, if you add the leches to the two cakes separately, it will be impossible to stack them as they go really moist, like actually wet! What I would do is poke the holes and add the sauce to the first cake, let it absorb, and then stack the dry second layer and repeat. Good luck 😉

  92. Hola Pati, fijate que hice el pastel, que porcierto muy delicioso, Felicidades, pero tengo un problema, cuando lo saco esta muy bien pero al ratito se comienza a bajar, lo he intentado vez tras vez y es el mismo resultado, cual seria tu consejo. Gracias

    1. Hola Jeanette, No importa que se baje! Luego lo vas a cubrir de leche, no tiene que estar esponjoso, si no se deshacería debajo de la salsa de leches…

  93. Hola¡ EStoy preparando el cumple de mi hija y definitivo que intentaré hacer este delicioso pastel.
    Tengo una duda sobre los ingredientes, ya que vivo en suiza y no estoy segura de que es whipping cream?? en español qué es? la doble crema? la crema normal? y cuando habla del confetionary´s suggar, se refiere al azúcar glas o qué tip de azúcar?
    Muchas gracias por la receta. EStoy deseando que mis invitados prueben u petadacito de México.
    Saludos desde Ginebra,

    1. Hola Miriam,
      Confectioner’s sugar es azúcar glass. Heavy whipping cream es crema normal, no la crema agria.


  94. Hello Pati! I want to do the cake for my sister’s shower but the location is an hour away. I was thinking of making the cake in a cake pan that has a lid to transport without making a mess on the way there. But I wondered if you’ve ever added the milk to the cooled cake(in the cake pan) and then inverted to a platter after. I don’t want to make a mess on the way there but I don’t want to present a messy inverted cake either. As the saying goes, I want my cake and I want to eat it too!

    PS.–> There was a question about the whipped cream “bleeding/melting” if it wasn’t kept in the fridge. The whipped cream can be stabilized with gelatin or piping gel to where it won’t bleed if it’s kept out. Adding the confectioners sugar definitely helps but for a little more measure the piping gel works well. (1 pint of heavy whipping cream for 4 tablespoons of piping gel.)

  95. Thank you all for your recipes and comments. I recently tasted a tres leches cake from one of the local Mexican restaurants. The tres leches cake they serve is more like the consistency of flan or a custard. The recipes I have seen online are a flour cake saturated with a variety of milks. Is there any recipe that yields the consistency of a custard?

  96. Pati,
    I am definitely going to try this recipe. I hope my five kids will enjoy it. It looks so delicious !

    PS. I just recently started following you on Instagram. 🙂

  97. Hola Pati! My husbands birthday is this weekend and I was wanting to make this cake for him but I don’t have a stand mixer. I was wondering if its completely necessary or can I just use a wisk and work my arm out a little. Haha please let me know! Gracias!

    1. Haha! Niccole, yes you can work your arma little, it may take a while, do you have a hand mixer? Works just as well!

  98. Hi Pati,
    I am going to make this tomorrow (Tuesday) for a birthday that is on Thursday. Does the cake taste better as it sits? I figured I would let the tres leches soak in all tomorrow night and Wednesday, decorate it wednesday night and give it to her on Thursday. What do you think? Also, I plan on leaving it in the pan since I have to bring it to work. Is that okay too? Thank you 🙂 I love your website!

    1. Hola Vanessa – Yes, the cake does taste better the longer the tres leches soaks in while in the refrigerator. I think your plan sounds great! You can keep it in the same pan, too. I hope your friend enjoys the cake!!

  99. hey pati thanks for the recipe i was seeing it on create tv. As you know today is Mexican mothers day so i am trying to make this for my grandma and mom. i will add walnuts coconuts slakes and a little chocolate syrupy over it hope my mom and grandma like it.

    1. Hola Mayra, I hope your mom and grandma like it too. Your additions sound delicious! Thank you for making my recipe!!

      1. Omg it was so good they all loved it I had enough for more people they all loved it their already asking for more. Thank you

  100. Hi Pati! Let me tell you that this recipes is simply the BEST ever….ever it never fails to get requests from friends and family. It’s so delicious and it’s never dry but I do add the rum as you suggests but very little because of my children and I seen someone’s comment that the edges of the cake were hard well I sometimes have that happen to So I like to use a bread knife and cut all the edges around the entire cake and including the top but I poke it with the fork first. I also add media crema by nestle to the sauce I don’t even know where I got that idea but its just as great with or without but thank you pati for al your good recipes.

    1. Daniela, Thank you so much for sharing your tips here so everyone can see them — they are great!! I’m happy you are making this cake for your friends and family! All of my very best to you.

  101. I love this cake!!!! It’s always being requested by my parents and husband I tried other recipes before but nothing would taste like the one from this one particular bakery I used to buy until I tried this I hit the jack pot. I couldn’t believe how yummy….and moist it is and so happy to have found a recipe to always keep so from now on I don’t buy them anymore I always make it. Only one thing I love to add a little dark rum just a teaspoon to the sauce and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the whipped cream but this is a guarantee everyone will be talking about. : ) thank you pati for your great baking as cooking!

    1. Hi Jessica, I’m so happy to hear you are making this cake for your family! Your personal touches with the rum and vanilla extract in the whipped cream sound delicious. Thank you for sharing!!

  102. Sounds so good want to make it but was thinking of making in two 8 in square pans, using one for right now and was wondering if I could freeze the other one up to the point of putting the three milks on it and not putting the whip cream until ready to take out of the freezer?

  103. Hello Pati! This is my all time favorite cake and your recipe seems to be the least “cakey” that I have found! Do you think that this would work ok in the form of cupcakes? I have a cupcake request for trel leches for a quinceanera.


    1. Absolutely Erin! However, you need to bake it less time the smaller the portions are. So take off like 5 to 6 minutes and test with a toothpick… Be sure the smaller cakes are completely cooled before you pour the Three Milks Sauce on them. Great idea!

  104. Muy, muy rico salio el pastel! A mi esposo le encanto, muchisimas gracias Pati!

    P.S. Tus bebes estan hermosos! Y encantador el mas chiquito 🙂

  105. Mine is in the oven now! First time not using a white cake mix. I was kind of nervous because I am not much into baking but the last time I made it with a white cake mix and my husband is from Mexico and didn’t seemed to like it made with the boxed cake mix. Hopefully I can make this one better and not mess it up! haha!

  106. Hi Pati, I love watching your show, I’ve picked up so many of your recipes , there wonderful. Everytime I make one of your recipes I get wonderful compliments. now i’m going to try your tres leche cake, thank you so much for your wonderful recipes

  107. Finally, the recipe I’ve been searching for. I was channel surfing one day and there you were bringing this recipe to life. I couldn’t believe my luck! Brought back memories of my time living in Guatemala and someone bringing Pastel de Tres Leches for a birthday and my begging for the recipe but her resistance to give up. Loved the cake then and absolutely love it now. I’ve already made it and it was a hit! Thank you!

  108. Hola Pati! Voy a intentar preparar este delicioso pastel de tres leches, del cual tengo antojo desde hace unos dias. Solo tengo una pregunta: necesita polvo para hornear? Tome algunas clases de cocina cuando vivia en Mexico y todas las recetas de pastel necesitaban polvo para hornear y veo que el tuyo no.

    1. Karina: prueba la receta, No lleva polvo de hornear es un pastel bastante duro para que aguante todas las leches!

  109. Pati, are you still in the DC area? I just got your book WHICH I COULDN’T stop reading!
    I would love for you to sign it and meet you.
    Are you presenting any time soon?

  110. Pati,
    Could this recipe for the Tres Leches Cake be altered for a gluten free cake?
    I really enjoy your tips during your food preparations, too. Are your tips included in the cook book ( I know there are many )?!

    1. Hola Janet, Try making it with rice flour to go gluten free!! Also, I do include many, many tips in the cookbook as “Mexican Cooks Tips.”

  111. Hola paty muchas gracias por compartir la receta. Me pase horas buscando la que para mi fuera la mejor y valla ke no me equivoque. La primera vez ke lo hice me quedo demasiado seco asi ke para la segunda vez ke lo hice se me ocurrio ke para ke kedara completamente lleno de leche como le gusta a mi esposo fue inyectarle la leche con un inyector para carne y me quedo bastante bien. Ah lo hice de cajeta y lo rellene con fresas, para decorarlo use whipping cream,cajeta,queso crema y un chorrito de vainilla. A todos les encanto y no quedo para nada empalagoso. Gracias.

  112. Hola Pati. Muchas gracias por tu deliciosa receta. Aún no trató de hacer el pastel pero lo intentare este miércoles. Sin embargo tengo una pregunta, crees que se pueda usar harina integral y un poco de harina de amaranto? Yo he hecho galletas con estas harinas juntas y salen deliciosas y muy esponjadas. Espero puedas ayudarme con mi pregunta.

    1. Hola Sofía, seguro que puedes usar harina integral y me encanta la idea de combinarlo con harina de amaranto! Espero que me compartas tus resultados!

  113. This was the first Tres Leches cake I have ever made and it came out great!! I suggest poking extra holes around the edges of the cake and taking extra time to pour the milk in that area, otherwise the milk stays in the center of the cake.

    The cake was delicious. I topped it with the whipped cream icing and strawberries. My whole office was happy, and most importantly, my boss as it was our 20th anniversary! 🙂

    1. Marta, Thank you for making my tres leches recipe for your office!! I’m so happy everyone like it. Great share on poking the extra holes around the edges…

  114. i’ve made this recipe many times and i love it!!! I used some mexican vanilla and it was awesome but now i ran out and i can’t seem to find it anywhere….where can you find the one in the picture? I feel like depending on the vanilla u use is the taste u get and i do not like the vanilla extracts i get at the grocery please

  115. Voy a tratar tu receta y quiero usar crema chantilly para adornarlo, por supuesto aqui no la hay, tienes la receta para hacerla, no me gusta el que venden aqui en los supermercados (nada como el sabor de Mexico)

    1. Socorro, Sólo compra heavy whipping cream y bate una taza con 2 o 3 cucharadas de azúcar glass que aquí se llama Confectioner´s Sugar, batelo hasta que quede a punto de turrón y listo!

  116. Hi Pati,

    Thank you for the recipe! I made the cake this past week and it turned out good although I don’t think I beat the eggs enough. Still, I got many compliments on it. Oh, and it definitely needs the whipped topping! Great addition. Do you happen to know how long the cake will keep?

    Thank you!

  117. Hi pati!!
    After looking for authentic recipes for pastel tres leches I stumbled onto yours and wow it was so easy to follow. It came out delicious! Thank you so much!!

  118. Hola, Patti!

    Quedo riquisimo el pastel, pero tuve un problemita. El pan no salio nada esponjosito como el de tu foto 🙁 asi que el volumen del pastel era la mitad de lo de la foto. Muchas gracias por la receta!!

  119. Pati,

    This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it. Do you think it would work if I used two round pans instead of a 9X13? Do you think I’d need to adjust the baking time at all?


    1. Hi Rebecca, I would bake it for the same amount of time, then test with a wooden toothpick. When the toothpick comes out clean (it can be a little moist, not wet though) it’s done!

  120. patti hi!! I came across your show last week for the first time ever and you made the chipotle mashed poatoes.I don’t eat potatoes or starchy foods much but thats a recipe im going to here is the question about the tres leche.I only use almond flour in my can I substitute flour for almond flour?….

    1. Hi Emma, Sure, you can substitute almond flour for AP to make the tres leches cake — amount is the same. Thank you for watching the show!

  121. Hola, Patti.

    Mi hermana me hizo uno de estos pasteles para mi cumpleaños el año pasado. ¡Dios mío! Estuvo bien.

    Yo estaba tratando de conseguir la receta de ella, pero las hermanas pueden ser tan pequeños dolores. (Por supuesto, me encanta mi hermana.)

    Pero Dios los bendiga por compartir la receta con nosotros.

    Espero poder hacerlo yo mismo.

    Dos preguntas. Fruta puede ser añadido a la mezcla? ¿O va a hacer que la pastel para mal ajustados?


    1. Hola Demetrio! Yo te recomiendo que le pongas fruta ya que este el pastel listo. Es decir, no a las leches, si no encima del pastel, o lo partes en medo a la mitad en dos pisos y antes de mojarlo con las leches, le pones las rebanadas de fruta. Pruebalo!

  122. Hi Pati,

    I tried making a tres leche. I need a suggestion. For the bread it came out a little too hard, even after adding all the milks. Also, what can I add between the cake to make a whole cake. (I made two to make it bigger)

    Thank You,

  123. Great recipe. I make a coconut version with coconut cream pudding in the batter, along with coconut milk and cream of coconut (instead of sweetened condensed milk) with a cup of whole milk. Even put a teaspoon of coconut extract in the cream to make coconut whipped cream. Tres Leche is the best cake ever. Total party favorite and crowd pleaser.

  124. I just want to thank you. I watched your tv show on the Create tv show, and I was amazed at how simple “El pastel de tres leche” is to make. I tried it myself and it came out delicious. I will continue checking out more of your recipes.
    Thank you

  125. Today I am making this cake with gluten free flour. It looks so lucious that I am just loving the creaminess. I am celiac and cannot have gluten flour but can work with recipies to get a good likeness of your original. Thank you for the wonderful Mexican show! I always thought everyone in Mexico were poor, What was I thinking. It has a great history. Loving your show!!! Susan

  126. Thanks so much for publishing this recipe! I will be bringing this to friends who are hosting a traditional tamale dinner on Christmas eve. My friend, who is from Mexico, talked about how much he loves, and misses the Tres Leches Cake from his childhood. I have been looking for an authentic version, and looks like I found it….many thanks!

  127. What Pati,
    What a delicious recipe. I think I am going to try making Tres Leches this weekend! Keep sharing your wonderful recipes, I am sharing them with family and friends!

    Gracias Maria 🙂

  128. Hi Pati, After searching for what seemed like hundreds of recipes for Tres Leches, I finally settled on yours. I was a little worried about the egg yolks because they never turned a light cream color, just a notch up from pale yellow. It came out wonderful so I must have done something right! I have to admit I never saw your show before finding your website, but last night I was flipping through channels and saw you make chipoltle mashed potatoes. So you can guess what’s on the menu tonight! Thanks for sharing your awesome recipes!

    1. Hola Shana, What a nice surprise to have Tres Leches Cake for Thanksgiving! Thank you for using my recipe — I’m glad everyone enjoyed it!!

  129. Dear Chef Pati,
    I tried your tres leches recipe for a birthday dinner party I put together for a friend of mine, and it was a hit! I tried my best to do the recipe justice, and had my same birthday friend… who bakes awesomely , supervise to make sure I beat those eggs into a perfect cake. I must say your step by step pictorial of the look of the cake was easy and great to follow! I had great time making the cake and I did amaze myself that I could actually make this tasty Mexican treat, I even added Amareto to the milk sauce. Man delish!!! My guest ate easily two to three slices of the cake. I even impressed my papis! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe! I LOVED IT! ( I even love your show on That comes on PBS, I try to catch it for new recipes on Saturdays!) 😉

    1. Hola Elda, It sounds like your tres leches cake was disappearing fast at your dinner party! Amareto? That sounds lovely!! Thank you so much for taking time to write me.

  130. Pati,
    I watched your show when you prepared this cake, and I couldn’t wait to try your recipe.
    My egg whites got nice and firm, but collapsed after I added the sugar! I whipped and whipped, and couldn’t get them to firm up! They just liquified! I had to add 4 more egg whites (beaten separately to very firm) and add them into the mix, and this made a very small difference. What did I do wrong? I was thinking next time I will add the sugar to the yolks. This way the whites can be beaten very stiff.
    The cake came out good, despite the extra eggs. My family enjoyed it and wants me to make it again. Thanks for this great recipe!

  131. Recently, I’ve been hunting for the perfect Tres Leches recipe for an important dinner party. I found your recipe here and two other’s online that seemed really popular. I made all three in one day. That evening i went to a birthday party and had everyone taste test and the next day (today) I drove around and got some more opinions (namely from my mother who is am amazing cook specializing in Cuban food) And I’m happy to report that your recipe took the cake (sorry couldn’t help it!) Thanks for sharing it! I will definitely be using your recipe!

  132. Hi. My name its erika & I just wanted to say thank you soooooooo. Much for this recipe. I tried this recipe for the first time a year ago & since then I don’t buy 3 leeches cake any more!!! I’m always making this for any special celebration. The only thing the I change its the when it comes to the sauce I double the ingredients & I let it soak for at least 8 hours before putting the icing & it comes out perfect. I love when my cake its super moist & flavor full. I like to see the milk dripping out of the cake everyone love it so much. Great recipe & thanks for sharing!!!! 🙂

  133. Patti,
    I love tres leches and have tried several different recipes, but I wanted to make something special for my brother’s rehearsal dinner (he loves tres leches, too) so I tried your recipe. It was great, really great, but the dead center of the cake was drier than the rest of the cake. Do you think it could have been that my pan wasn’t exactly even or that I didn’t poke holes evenly?

    1. Thank you for trying my recipe, Kara! I think the density of the cake is different depending on the pan. Don’t be afraid to go crazy with poking holes in the cake and really letting the milk soak in.

  134. I just discovered your show this week and watched the episode featuring this recipe. Thank you for explaining the difference between sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk! I love Tres Leches and now I am proud to have a wonderful recipe of my very own thanks to you! God bless you, Pati! I am a HUGE fan now!

  135. I made this cake for a mexican independence day party and It was so good! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Gracias por compartir la receta salio muy rico el pastel y me recordo a Mexico.

  136. Hola Pati!
    I insisted that I make my own birthday cake for a work party because I really, really wanted to make this Tres Leches Cake recipe and I didn’t want a box cake with hydrogenated oil frosting! 🙂 It turned out AMAZING! I followed everything in your recipe, but used about 1/2 cup of sugar because I knew the sweetened condensed milk would give it enough sweetness. To top it off I put fresh strawberries and peaches on the whipped cream! Thank you so much for the recipe, I can’t wait to make it again. My next culinary adventure is to make your Tamarind Apricot Chicken and Enchiladas Verdes! So glad I saw your show, you have so many awesome recipes I want to try!
    Hasta Luego!

    1. Hola Ginny, I love hearing that you have enjoyed the recipes. Idea of peaches on top of Tres Leches sounds amazing: I’ve never tried it, will do!

  137. Dios mio este pastel es un maravilla… I have tryed 3 different recipes which I tryed and were horrible and then I found yours pati and it wow me so much it’s so delicious its just like the one @ the bakery I love it and family does too. My dad and husband always ask when are you making it but all I can say for this recipes yum..yum DELICIOUS!!!!!

  138. hello pati, i love your show. i’m trying this recipe for the first time and i couldnt get my egg yolks to be as creamy and fluffy as yours. its in the oven right now. i hope it comes out good. do you have any suggestions with the egg yolks? i beat them for 7-8 minutes and they didn’t ever cream. do they need to be extra cold or at room temperature? 🙁 thanks for any help

    1. Hola Jude, I recommend to make sure the egg yolks are at room temperature. If you have anymore questions, just let me know!

  139. I have used this recipe once before and it turned out fabulously
    The only problem was that I didn’t know how just how much cake I was making and it was A LOT.
    I want to make it again for a smaller crowd, does anyone have any advice for smaller size recipe conversion? I usually just follow recipes straight on so I am not sure about changing the proportions and all of that.

  140. I love tres leches cake. This recipe is delicious! One thing I have done to “cheat” is that when I’m pressed for time, I use a white cake mix out of the box and then do the ‘sauce’ and whipped cream the same. It is still yummy, and it’s easy for someone who isn’t an expert baker. LOL! I like to use crushed pineapple between the layers with pineapple slices on top. The tartness of the pineapple goes well with the sweetness of the cake and tres leches ‘sauce’. 🙂

  141. I tried this cake today and I must have gone wrong somewhere because the edges of the cake turned out very dry and the overall taste was quite bland. Perhaps some advice and/or more detail on the ingredients (as in brands of milk and can sizes) would be helpful.

  142. Hola estuve buscando varias recetas pero esta me convencio x q habla de la pasteleria La Gran Via y cuando yo era chica my mama solia comprar los pasteles hay y estaban muy buenos .Ahora vivo en Los Angeles California y estudie decoracion de pasteles, pero ahora necesito tener diferentes recetas de pasteles me acaban de pedir uno y lo quieren de tre leches voy hacer esta receta y se q les va a gustar mucho ……..en mexico tambien vendian un pastel q era envinado quisiera esa receta no se si usted me la puede proporcionar el pastel era muy humectado por licor suave se lo voy agradecer GRACIAS.

    1. Hola Maria! Gracias por tu mensaje. Voy a tratar de poner una receta del pastel o parecido, al que mencionas pronto. Ojala que les guste el Tres Leches y mucha suerte.

  143. I am a newlywed living in the east coast far away from our family. When my husband requested a Pastel de Tres Leches for his birthday I was a little hesitant because I am not the best cook in the world. But the recipe was easy to follow and the pictures were great. For the first time making pastel de tres leches, it was a success. The recipe serves 10-12 but we both ate the whole thing.
    From a very happy home, thank you for this traditional and wonderful recipe.

  144. I will try this for a dinner party Saturday. Was going to make a buttermilk meyer lemon cake, but then I had this cake at a party a week ago and decided to change my whole menu to a Mexican theme just so I could make this cake. I can’t quit thinking about it. However, I remember the cake being more of a shortbread cake, than a sponge cake. Is this because of the milk soaking. Also, will I be okay to make the cake two days ahead, and just frost with the whipping creme the day of? Thank you so much!

    1. Hola Rhonda, Yes, the cake is a sponge cake. And yes, you will be okay making it 2 days in advance and then frosting the whipped cream the day of. I believe it is actually better to do that because it allows the milk to soak into the cake :)!

  145. Pati- This cake is phenomenal! I first made this cake for my boyfriend, and he loved it- it beat out his favorite local mexican bakery! 🙂 I’ve since made it two other times, and it’s been a hit! Thank you! 🙂

  146. Pati! Muchas gracias por tu receta, nos fascino a toda
    Mi familia!!! Las fotos me sirvieron mucho porque
    Soy muy visual en cuanto aprender algo nuevo!
    Y las fotos están muy claras y relucientes.
    Me encanta la comida Mexicana, mi comida natal.
    Soy de Tijuana B.C. Méx. Y disfruto mucho cocinar
    Las increíbles recetas de mi mamá! Pero también
    Disfruto aprender cosas nuevas y a mis Papas les encanta
    Cuando les cocino. Así que me encantaría seguir visitando
    Tu blog! Y comprar tu libro!
    Muchos saludos desde San Francisco, Ca.!
    Vanessa Gtz.

  147. Thank you for the recipe, Pati. Sometimes I like to put cajeta in the milk. I also like to decorate the cake with shaved chocolate. I lived in Col. Parque San Andres, Delegacion Coyoacan for many years and we used to buy them with different toppings, including fruit, shaved chocolate, coconut, chopped nuts. I also think that if you have a nut grinder that grinds the nuts finely, that could probably be folded in as well.
    I agree that your recipe is authentic. A lot of recipes for this cake on the internet do not separate the yolks and whites. Yours is wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us!!

  148. Pati mil gracias por esta receta!! estoy con un antojo enorme del pastel que me hacia mi tia para mi cumple (que es el viernes), asi que ahora por lo menos podre compartir mi pastel con mis hijas, para que aprendan un poco de nuestras bellas tradiciones, gracias!!!

  149. Hi Pati,
    This turned out to be such a beautiful and delicious cake! I made the two layer round cake with sliced strawberries in the middle. Instead of removing the cake from the pans, poking w/ holes, and pouring the sauce on top, I decided to try something different. I cooled the cakes for 10 minutes, removed from the pans until completely cool, returned the cakes to the pans and poked with holes. I then spooned the sauce on top of each cake, covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight. The next morning I made my whipped cream and assembled the cake (to remove the cakes from the pans I put them into a pan of shallow warm water for a minute or two and they popped right out). Wow!!! Yummy and very pretty too!

      1. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the recipe Pati. ALso, thanks to Bridgett B’s comment on keeping it in the pans overnight in the fridge. I have not made the cake yet and was wondering logistically how I would make the cake VERY moist, which is how I like it, while still layering it and placing fruit and whipped cream in the middle and on top. You have solved the problem for me. Thanks :).

  150. Hi Pati,
    I am wanting to make this recipe with strawberries or peaches inside, but I am not sure how to do it. The cake is so moist that I am afraid to put one on top of the other after I put the fruit inside. How do you do it? I read you could put the fruit before adding the milk, but does is get moist in the bottom part if there is cream and fruits?

  151. hola paty:
    estoy haciendo por primera vez ese pastel espero que me quede como se ven la foto solo que me gustaria saber como se hace el dulce o caramelo que llevan las fresas encima del pastel,es de color rojo claro y es transparente la verdad nose como se llama espero que me puedas ayudar gracias.

  152. I made this for Easter, today, and everyone loved it! It was really easy to make (aside from separating the eggs,which I am horrible at). The only Issue I have with this recipe is the liquid amounts. I was pretty generous with the liquids and the cake still had dry spots. I would suggest 1 1/2-ing to doubling the recipes liquids. I added some caramel stuff to the sauce and it was great. Also, adding a bit of cinnamon to the whipped cream added a great depth of flavor.
    I am adding this to my recipe box.

    1. Hola Drew, I am so glad everyone loved the tres leches! The cake is a dry cake, so to prevent the dry spots make sure you poke all over it with a fork and store in the refrigerator. Your additions sound wonderful, and I love to hear how people take the recipes and make them their own. 🙂

  153. hola pati me gusta mucho tu programa pero ahora casi no lo veao porque ahora mirandolo todo se me antoja tengo cinco meses de embarasada y no mas mirando esto se me ase agua la boca me alivio asta julio 11 2012 en adelante asie k me perdere tu programa tantito pero regresare a miralo mucho saludo pati y ojala me digas como haser resetas con pollo me gusta mucho el pollo a mi. muchas gracias pati y que tengas mucho exito mas. Adriana Hinojosa

  154. Hi pati. I really want to make this cake for my baby’s baptism, but have a couple questions. The cake batter doesn’t seem to have butter, oil, or milk. Is that correct? There isn’t any liquid in the cake?

  155. Mmmmm se ve delicioso! Pregunta: Si quiero hacer un pastel pequeno (solo para devorarmelo yo) divido los ingredientes a la mitad?? Y como dividiria 9 huevos? Crees que saldria bien si lo divido?

    1. Hola Ana, Preparalo todo! Lo bueno de este pastel es que dura muchos días en el refrigerador y hasta se va poniendo mas rico.

  156. Pati this cake is amazing!
    I searched all over the Internet for
    An authenic tres leches cake
    And yours was my choice !
    I was amazed at how the cake can absorb
    So much sauce and not become soggy!
    I was nervous about not using baking powder
    So at the last minute I threw in a half tsp
    To alleviate my anxiety . I also bought and
    Used cake flour before I saw your recommendation
    To use all purpose flour. The cake was awesome!
    I am making the cake
    Again today and this time I will use all purpose flour
    And no baking powder, As to follow the directions
    Can u tell me why you recommend all purpose
    Flour? Does it make the cake spongier?
    Thanks for this delicious recipe, It will become
    One of my staple desserts from now on , no
    Need to use any other tres leche recipes
    As this one is perfect and so versatile!!!

    1. Thank you for your question Sandi! I use all-purpose flour in most of my cakes. I just like the way it makes the cakes turn out, it is easy to use, and it is always handy.

  157. Hello Pati! I had an urgent question. Do you think Rice flour would go good with this recipe? I cannot use any type of all-purpose flour, my father cannot eat any gluten so any recommendations? thanks a lot! I love your show your charisma makes every show that special!

  158. Excellente! It’s different but it was very good. My mexicana friend love it 🙂 She said better than the cake in Mexico 🙂
    The other friend from mexico and her mom who are visiting love your recipe. The caucasian friend wanted it for her wedding cake if she will marry again!
    The added coconut in the mixture is a plus.
    I put 3/4 cup of sugar in the batter instead of 1 cup.
    Thank you again for this recipe. I will try your polvorones next time 🙂

  159. Hi Pati 🙂 I am baking it right now. I never have this cake before so i don’t know how to compare it with other tres leches cake. I add some lime zest in the batter and thinking to add coconut cream with the sauce and add some peppermint essence in whipped cream topping. I will bring it to work tomorrow and let my mexicana friend to try 🙂
    Thank you for this recipe 🙂
    By the way, i was quite sceptical about the batter because there is no liquid in it.

    1. Hola Gina! What I can recommend is to make sure the cake is cool and to poke lots of holes in the cake before pouring the leches on top. 🙂

  160. This cake came out INCREDIBLE!!! i loved it so much. so did the rest of my family. I am totally doing this recipe again. Love it! I am glad i found this recipe. thank you 🙂

  161. Well I made the cake and it came out good, but I was scared to put all the tres leches mixture and it showed. I am def. making this again hopefully this weekend and will follow all your instructions this time..LOL! Thanks Pati 🙂

  162. Hi Pati,
    I am so so happy I found your blog. My mother in law requested a tres leches cake for her birthday and that is the only cake I have never made.
    I am going to make your recipe in layer cake form and I received some advice to bake in a 9 inch springform pan, poke holes in the cake, drizzle the tres leches and then cut in half, add a layer of fruit and whipped cream, put the second layer on and then frost in whipped cream.
    Do you think that will work? I am so nervous about making this cake. I am the baker of the family and bake everything and i just feel this cake could either be too dry cause i am going to be too scared to add all the liquid or it will be too wet and she specifically said she does not like soggy tres leches. Can you tell I am stressing?? LOL! Oh man. 🙂
    Thanks again for your recipe. I will making it tonight.

  163. Thanks for posting this recipe. My mom specifically requested this cake for her birthday, I had a recipe I had gotten long ago but lost in when my computer crashed and thus went on a cyber hunt for a new one. This one looks the best of them all. The cake part looks much better than the one I had (this one is much sponge-ier). I’ll be making it today and adding sliced peaches instead of strawberry. Again, Thanks for sharing =)

  164. Hi pati!! I just want to say thank you so much for this recepie!!! Im 19 years old and have two years living with my husband and he’s been bugging me about making him a cake of tres leches and once i did it with your recepie, he fell in love with it!!! We say its by far one of the best pastel de tres leches we ever tried.. Again thank you so much, your my hero!

  165. Hi Pati, do you use regular full fat milk as the ‘milk’ you have listed or heavy cream? I only ask because I’ve seen several other recipes that call for the heavy cream as part of the sauce instead of regular milk. Thanks so much! I’m planning on making this treat tonight.

    1. Hi Adrianna, I use regular cow’s milk, which for me is always whole milk . But always feel free to make things your own, so maybe try substituting with 2%.

  166. Hola Pati,
    OMG….esta receta esta deliciosa….siempre compraba los pasteles de tres leches en una panaderia que los hacia de maravilla. Me mude y no avia encontrado algun lugar que los hiciera igual hasta que me anime hacerlo con tu super receta…Y me sabe igual a mi pastel favorito…ME ENCANTA…love it…gotta have it!!! estoy haciendo ahora uno para un evento especial de la familia…aversi les gusta…no creo que hasta los dedos se van a chupar!!!

    1. Hola Janie,
      Me da mucho gusto que te guste la receta! A mi me encanta con fresas o a veces le cambio la leche evaporada por leche de coco… Ojala que se chupen todos los dedos!!!

      1. Patti, además de la leche de coco, le añado.una lata de crema de coco (Coco López) que la consigues en los supermercados, le da un sabor realmente a coco !

  167. Excelente receta,he hecho otras,pero definitivamente esta se ve mucho mejor,muy bien explicada,sin duda la hare este weekend,ahi les contare como quedo..! Gracias!

  168. Hi Pati! I made this cake for my husband’s birthday, and I did it in 2 layers with whipped cream and strawberries in the middle and covered in more whipped cream. It was delicious, but the edges of the cake didn’t get very moist with the milk. Any tips on making sure the whole cake gets wet, especially if you are going to be unmolding it and decorating outside of the pan? Also, I would like to make this again but on a smaller scale. Would this recipe fit into 2 round cake pans, or would I need to adjust and make more or less batter? What do you suggest for a cooking time? Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes 🙂

    1. Hola Sarah, I’m so happy you decided to make this for your husband’s birthday. Thinking of all the whipped cream and strawberries is making me hungry! If you’d like to make the cake more wet, you can try adding additional sauce. Also, if you decide to use 2 round cake pans, I would double the recipe; however, it should be around the same cooking time. Enjoy!

  169. This recipe looks delicious but i’m wondering if the recipe stays the same if i want to make cupcakes or what would you recommend. Also i prefer my tres leches with less milk mixture therefore not as moist is that okay with this recipe?

    1. Hola Brenda, You should definitely try this recipe with cupcakes! The recipe will stay the same except the cupcakes require less baking time. Also, you can add as much or as little milk as you’d like! Let me know how it goes!


  170. Gracias por tu respuesta Pati. Tengo otra pregunta rapida. 9 huevos se me hicieron muchos, ya que el pastel quedó un poco seco en algunas partes. Lo puedo hacer con menos huevos para que la salsa alcance a cubrirlo todo o de plano hago el doble de salsa?? Gracias otra vez!

  171. Otra pregunta, como vivo en Alemania no encontré heavy cream… con qué la puedo sustituir? Aquí sólo hay creme fraiche, crema normal para batir (30% grasa) o un requesón de 40 o 50% grasa. También hay Philadelphia, claro, pero quisiera tu opinión. Gracias

  172. UMMM, se mira rico el pastel…..he estado buscando un receta que sea facil to do…..and this is it….y tambien my cumple años es 8/12 y vivo en IL
    my question is, can we mix the whites in one bowl and then use another bowl to mix the yolks? or does it have to be in one to transfer to another bowl to mix the other part of eggs?


    1. Hola Silvia,
      I recommend using all purpose flour with this recipes, but you can try using the cake flour too. It’s great to hear that you are enjoying the show!

  174. wow u have left me with out words.I been looking for the real mexican tres leches.I love that i found u in ch 6, April 23,11 @1:30 pm.This is my cooking channel.Love cooking all kinds of resetas.I miss real autetica mexican comida and resetas.Thanks so much for sharing ur delisiosas gona try all of them.This is just from 1 time i seen ur show.:)i got 10 resetas to get cracking,so exited to try them out.:):):):).

  175. I am wanting to make a chocolate pastel de tres leches is it possiable to make the cake, syrup, and frosting chocolate and how would you do that?

  176. I can not find the gaya vanilla extract that is affordable.
    Everywhere i look,it claims 10 dollars,but by the time you add shipping it is over 20 dollars for a little bottle.
    I just want to make this cake for the father of my child which so happens to be from Mexico.
    I want to impress him.
    Of course,someone can understand.
    I want to make this cake for him by next week.
    I am searching on internet.
    What else is okay to use besides this certain brand?
    I see a lot of “Mexican Vanilla Extract” claims,but i don’t know if they are true.
    It really is about price.
    I want to pay around 15 dollars with shipping and all.
    Please help.
    Fiona Saavedra

    1. Hi Fiona,
      You can feel free to use any vanilla extract that you find at your local grocery store! If you find Mexican, great. I love the Gaya, but there are many more out there. So try to use one that is the Vanilla extract and not the imitation, or vanilla flavoring. Very best, Pati

  177. hola, soy de México, y se acostumbra rellenar el pastel con una crema pastelera, hecha con yemas, azúcar, vainilla, leche y maizena que se coce al fuego para espesar y ya fría se rellena el pastel que se va mojando poco a poco.

  178. Hola pati,
    Se me hizo agua la boca!!! Lo voi a hacer pero una pregunta la vainilla tiene ke ser de esa porke yo tengo pero la regular ke venden en la tienda. ….. esspero encontraarla porke le kiero hacer una aa mi hermano en su kumple ke es ahora en marzo… yo vivo en san diego y me gustaria saber donde komprarla

    1. Hola Karolina, Puedes usar cualquier extracto de vainilla que encuentres, no tiene que ser esa marca. Pero fijate que sea extracto de vainilla de verdad y no saborizantes…

  179. es el mejor que he hecho con tu receta que es especifacil , no como otras recetas que no le igualan a las tuyas, felicidades y gracias por compartir.

  180. Hola Pati, gracias por esta deliciosa receta de tres leches. Mi suegra hace un pastel muy parecido pero nunca ha querido compartir con nadie la receta. Ya lo hice y la verdad que quedo muy bueno, y se parece al que hace mi suegra. Asi que el sabor de este pastel esta bastante competitivo con el que ella hace. Ahora toda mi familia puede disfrutar de este delicioso pastel cuando quieran, y no solo en dias festivos. Saludos y seguire haciendo tus recetas, gracias.

  181. Hi Pati,
    I think your recipes are great! For our granddaughter’s first birthday next month, our daughter-in-law has asked us to help her bake a pastel de tres leches (I’ve already purchased the Gaya vanilla extract). I know that you believe only a frosting of whipped cream will do; however, the party will be held outdoors in San Diego and the cake is likely to get warm. Any suggestions or should we make a different frosting? Thanks, A Loving Grandpa

    1. Hi Bill, Loving Grandpa ; )
      If you make the cake ahead of time, and place it in the refrigerator overnight, whipped cream and all, it should last beautifully for an outdoor party!
      If you want to skip the whipped cream altogether, but really there is no reason to, you can just cover the cake with thin fruit slices. And maybe drizzle with some chocolate syrup too!

  182. Hi this recipe sounds delicious!! I will be making a 1/2 sheet cake this weekend for a bday party, do u have any idea what the measurements would be for this size cake? should I just double ur recipe?? Would greatly appreciate ur feedback I’ve never made a tres leches cake and I’m so excited to try your recipe! =)

    1. Hi Angela,
      It just makes it much easier to unmold. But if you find that you don’t need it, skip it! Many thanks for your comment ; )

  183. Thank you so much for this great recipe.. been looking all over the place for it. thanks! cant wait to try it.

  184. Hi Pati,
    I was wondering how far in advance this recipe for tres leches can be made? I’d like to make it for my sisters birthday, but can it sit in the fridge for a day or two?

  185. Omg, this cake looks delicious! my friend told me about tres leche cakes so i decided to look them up. is there a way that i could get one of these yummy deserts for my birthday?

  186. hola esta pastel esta delicioso!!!yo tambien lo eh echo pero de otra manera diferente tambien esta igual de rico///definitiva mente con crema y fresas mas rico eso que ni que

    1. Hola Liz, Eso es exactamente lo
      que le falta al pastel de 3 leches , crema y fresas !!!!!!! Por favor
      Dime como lo hago, es el contraste perfecto !!!
      me puedes mandar la receta , he probado tantos
      Pasteles de 3 leches , creo que este sería, inigualable !!!!!!!!
      Gracias !!

  187. Definitely, definitely have to have the whipped cream. This is my favorite dessert by far, I cannot wait to try this recipe!! And my trick for a grown-up version is to add a shot of rum (Meyer’s works well) to the milk mixture … delicious!

  188. Oh my goodness! When we lived in Memphis, I had a friend there give me the recipe for her “Coconut Cake” recipe. It consisted of making a butter cake, poking holes in it, pouring 1-2 cans of sweetened condensed milk over it, spreading sweetened whipped cream over the top, and then sprinkling coconut on top of that. I had NO idea that what I have beem making all these years is basically tres leches cake!!! I cannot wait to try an authentic recipe. Yummalicious. You’re the best!

    1. Oh….. Fujimama, that spin with coconut sprinkled on top and maybe even some coconut milk mixed in with the milk sauce sounds like a perfect spin for a Coconut Tres Leches. Will have to give that a try!

    1. Gracias! It was hard to get my husband’s camera to work so close to the mixer! But, hey, took the shot! You are so right… reminds me, I have to post about merengues (!)

  189. We love Tres Leches cake in my family. It was the cake at my parent’s 50th anniversary party this past summer and also the wedding cake at one of my siblings’ weddings. Delicious! I can’t wait to try your recipe, Pati. 🙂

    1. Ooohhh!! Teri, perfect for Anniversaries and Weddings!! I am just picturing one over the other, over the other, Tres Leches cake layers, with in between layers of strawberries!

  190. Cake was fantastic! And easy. Kids loved watching the mixer beat everything. Husband and I both had doubts that the cake would absorb all the milk (“Are you sure you bought the right size cans?”), but it did. Only thing I didn’t do was wash the mixer bowl between beating the whites and the yolks. If I had beaten the yolks first I would have washed the bowl to keep the fat in the yolks from making it hard to beat the whites, but since the whites came first I don’t think it mattered. Thoughts? We ate it with strawberries. I will absolutely make it again.

    1. Hey Kim,
      So happy!! As for rinsing the mixer bowl, as you say, it matters more if you do yolks first, because then the whites can’t gain as much volume as they could. And I love it with strawberries too. So much so, that sometimes I layer them on top…

    1. Hey Denyse!!
      Yes it is MMMMmmmmmm!! That Mexican vanilla is just out of this world. The aroma when you open that little bottle just blows you away. And flavor is intense and rich. I have a couple extra bottles here… But I am pretty sure you can get it online…

  191. Hi – I found a recipe for this decedent cake a couple years ago and I get asked to make it all the time, too. Hands down my favorite. I’ll eat it for breakfast!
    One thing I do with the sauce is heat the sweetened condensed milk until it darkens a bit and gets a slight caramel taste. Off heat, I mix the other milks and vanilla with it and pour.
    …and definitely whipped cream on top. -Olivia

    1. Hi Olivia,
      Oh my! That step of darkening the condensed milk sounds like such a wonderful idea!! Will try it next time I make it…

  192. Ya quiero que sea mañana!! voy a soñar con este pastel!! mmmmm, mi boca esta mas empapada que ni el pastel en las fotos! Se me hace agua la boca, perdon! Se ve una delicia.
    Patti, me encanta como escribes tus recetas, le pones esa pasion que hasta cuentas de tus memorias! Gracias por compartirlas!

          1. Hola Pati, yo también buscaba la receta en español. Yo soy de venezuela pero hablo 4 idiomas. Me gustaría ponerme en contacto con usted para ver si le podría ayudar a poner las recetas en español! Sería tan divertido, y como siempre, gracias por compartir sus recetas!!!

            Beso y saludo desde Venezuela

  193. Hola Pati!
    You did it again! I’m drooling all over my keyboard!!!!!!
    Que delicia! Muero por el pastel de tres leches y se me antojo horrores!
    Me encanto tu receta, a ver si me animo y lo hagao para el proximo shabat!
    Los extranamos!

  194. Patricia the photos themselves look good enough to eat. I’ve never made a tres leches cake. Now I have a recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  195. Aha! My birthday is coming up in March! Can I have one too?!
    It looks amazing. I am wondering if I wanted to make a 2 layer version with strawberries in the middle, would I soak the layers separately first, then fill, stack and cover with whipped cream? Would I be able to lift a soaked layer to stack it or would it fall apart?
    I was a pretty good decorator of traditional US celebration cakes, but haven’t done one in ages since nowadays our celebration cakes are always tres leches and I don’t know how to make one!
    What’s your advice?
    Mary D

    1. Hi Mary,
      You are making me laugh! Yes you can have one too! Do you live in the DC area? Just tell me your birthday…
      A two layer version with strawberries in the middle is amazing. I have tried it myself. Just make the two layers separately, unmold, top one with the sliced strawberries and some whipped cream, add the second layer, then pour a double amount of the sauce, let it all soak for about 10 minutes and then top with whipped cream. You can then decorate with more strawberries on top. You know what? Just talking about it made me feel like making it myself!
      Let me know how you like it!

      1. Que tal PAti estoy viendo que comias este pastel de la gran via wow yo tengo unas ganas de un verdadero pastel de tres leches pero no lo encuentro como alla, vivo en phoenix desde hace 6 anos pero mi ingles no es muy bueno como le puedo hacer para ver las instrucciones en espanol por que se ve delicioso y la verdad me urge hacer uno gracias que tengas un lindo dia y esta muy bien tu pagina voy a seguir viendo tus recetas que tengas un lindo dia !!!

      2. I just made this cake and I believe I followed the directions very well, but it tastes overwhelmingly like eggs. It even smelled like eggs when I took it out of the oven. Has this ever happened to you? and if so what did you do to fix it? Thanks!

        1. Hello Kenia, I’m from MExico and I have been making 3 leches cakes for 32 years, you can say it is my specialty. People always ask me to make it for them. My receptive calls for 6 eggs not 9 an always comes out perfect. I also some times make my own variation like “piña colada” I add half cup of coconut to the batter and coconut extract instead of vanilla. I add a little rum to the 3 leches mixture, crush pinneaple on top of the cake and then the cream. Delicious !

          1. Hola Maggie, Thank you for sharing. Your “piña colada” version sounds delicious. I will have to try it sometime!!

          2. Hola Maggie,
            I read your response to Kenia Ramos dated last year regarding the 6 eggs verses 9 eggs in the recipe. Ican imagine how wonderful your Tres Leches cake would taste with the pina colada. Can you share your recipe with me? I really would like to make your version.

            Thank you so much.

          3. Can you share your Pineapple Tres Leche recipe with me please. It sounds like a wonderful recipe.

      3. I made this cake followed instruction to a tee.. cake came out dense n dry it didn’t seem to absorb although there was no sauce in pan.. maybe I should have doubled the sauce? It did taste good not real sweet though…I’m not sure what I did wrong, but I will try it again

        1. Hola Diane, Thank you for trying my tres leches cake! Try poking more holes all over the cake with a toothpick next time, for the sauce to soak in.

        2. Hi Diane,

          I made lots of holes with the fork and then I poured the sauce slowly on top. I let it sit for a while and only when the liquid looked absorbed I put the cream on top. Then I left it overnight on the fridge. It was moist, not drenched and Oh yes, delicious.

          Pati – would love to have the pineapple variation