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Do You Have What It Bakes? Quick and Easy Tres Leches Recipe

By Jae M.

Tres Leches is an authentic Mexican treat that translates directly into “Three Milks.” This recipe is a more modern way of making the Tres Leches cake with easy and cheap ingredients. Tres Leches is the best combination of taste and texture. The cake has a very creamy base that can barely hold its form.

Once you make this cake, your friends and family will bug you nonstop to make more. Every time I have made this delicious treat, it never lasts more than a day in my house, and I will fully admit to eating more than my share.

Baking is a fun way to relax and blow off steam and, BONUS, you also get a delicious treat afterwards. I fell in love with baking when I was learning how to cope with anxiety. This simple activity is an amazing and very healthy way of coping and, trust me, you don’t have to be good at it to enjoy it; I sure wasn't. When I first started, let's just say I wasn't exactly Paul Hollywood. The recipes were always too hard to follow, and even if I made sure to follow them exactly, I still managed to mess it up. This is why I love to share the fast and easy Tres Leches cake recipe. So, let’s get started!

Here is what you need:

  • Yellow Cake Mix (Feel free to get any other cake mix. This is what I prefer)

  • Eggs and Butter for Cake Mix

  • Heavy Whipping Cream

  • Regular milk

  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk

  • 1 can Evaporated Milk

  • Strawberries And Bananas (Whatever fruit you prefer)

  • Granulated Sugar

  • A Cake pan

  • A mixer

  • Shaker Bottle (Or bowl if easier)

  • Vanilla Extract (Optional)


  1. Take one yellow cake box mix. Follow the directions and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

  2. After you remove the cake from the oven, let it cool for 5-10 minutes, then cut the crust off (cut the outside edges of the cake around the whole pan).

    1. You can snack on this!

  3. Take a fork and poke holes all over the cake. This allows the milk to soak all the way through the cake.

  4. Take one can of sweetened condensed milk, one can of evaporated milk, and one can of regular milk, and pour it into a shaker bottle. To measure regular milk, just pour into your empty sweetened condensed milk can. You may also pour into a bowl if you don't have a shaker bottle.

  5. Shake up or stir up your milks and pour the whole thing all over your cake. Yes, ALL THE MILK!

  6. Wrap up your cake and put it in the fridge while you make the whipped cream.

  7. Next, you will make the whipped cream by putting 1 pint of heavy whipping cream and 3 tablespoons of sugar into a mixing bowl (you can add as much or as little sugar as you want).

  8. I like to add a cap full of vanilla extract to my whipped cream, but this step is optional.

  9. Use your mixer to start whipping until you can get a soft peak from your whipped cream.

  10. Take your cake out of the fridge and spread your whipped cream all over the top.

  11. Cut up some strawberries and bananas and place them all over the top of the cake. You may use any or no fruit, depending on what you like.

  12. Place your cake back in the fridge for a few hours and you are ready to share your treat!

Seriously guys, this is the best dessert ever! Usually, it should take a couple days to finish this cake, but you will finish it in a couple hours; that's the bad news. The good news is that this Tres Leches Recipe is incredibly easy to make. Enjoy your Tres Leches!

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