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Tres Leches Cake

One bite of this melt-in-your-mouth dessert and you'll understand why it is the special occasion cake all over Mexico.


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1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
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1 tsp. baking powder
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½ tsp. ground cinnamon
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½ tsp. salt
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½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
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1 cup sugar
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4 large eggs, at room temperature
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1 tsp. vanilla extract
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½ cup unsweetened dried coconut
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2 mangoes, peeled and sliced

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Tres Leches Glaze


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¾ cup low-fat evaporated milk
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½ cup low-fat milk
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½ cup low-fat sweetened condensed milk
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2 Tbs. brandy or Tia Maria, optional
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½ tsp. vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

To make Cake:

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl.

3. Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla extract. Continue beating on medium speed 2 minutes, or until batter mixture is smooth. Beat flour mixture into egg mixture 1/2 cup at a time until batter is smooth. Increase beater speed to medium high, and beat 5 minutes, or until batter is light in color.

4. Spread batter in prepared pan, and bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and Cake begins to pull away from sides of pan. Place Cake in pan on wire rack to cool, and poke holes all over using fork or skewer. Cool Cake completely.

To make Tres Leches Glaze:

5. Whisk together all glaze ingredients in small bowl. Spoon and spread over Cake, allowing Cake to soak up all liquid. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 12 hours or up to 2 days.

6. To serve: Sprinkle Cake with coconut, and top with mango slices. Cut into 16 squares. Store in refrigerator.

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5 g
Total Fat: 
10 g
Saturated Fat: 
6 g
34 g
72 mg
153 mg
1 g
24 g
Makes 16 slices

Comments on this Recipe

Great recipe! But for a more authentic Mexican pastel de tres leches double or even triple (I'm serious) the amount of glaze.

Vegetarian Times Tres Leches cake...

Any tips on how to make this eggless? Thanks!

Thank you! I lost my edition of Vegetarian times that had this recipe and I want to make this cake for tomorrow! It was in the International Edition from last year - can someone tell me what Issue # it was so I can look through the recipes? There were so many good one...including this one which I've made previously!