Pastel de Tres Leches Cake Mexican Style Recipe

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Tres Leches Cake: Pastel de Tres Leches or Three Milk Cake is a butter cake flavored with vanilla. It is soaked in a mixture of three different milk products, hence the name Tres Leches. The three milks, when combined, create just the right sweetness, density and mouth feel for a rich cake, making it moist but not mushy.

Pastel de Tres Leches Recipe Courtesy of Patricia Quintana

Recipe Ingredients:

For the Batter:
3/4 cup butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
8 egg yolks
2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
6 egg whites

For the Milks:
2 cups evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk
3 1/2 cups table cream
6 egg yolks

For the Meringue:
6 egg whites
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups light corn syrup or honey
2 limes, juice

Recipe Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 12 by 8 inch cake pan.

Prepare the batter:
Cream butter. Gradually mix in sugar, and continue beating until mixture is light and creamy. Add egg yolks. Slowly mix in flour, baking powder, and salt. Add vanilla extract, and slowly mix in milk until batter is thick. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into batter. Pour batter into cake pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on rack.

Prepare the Milks:
Blend evaporated and condensed milks and table cream with egg yolks in a blender or food processor. Bring half this mixture to a boil in a saucepan, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in remaining mixture. Pour over cake.

Prepare the Meringue:
In a double boiler, mix egg whites and sugar. Beat until stiff. Slowly add corn syrup or honey, and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Add lime juice and continue beating until shiny. Remove from heat. Invert cake on a deep dish or platter.Spread meringue over cake and decorate with strawberries. Serve at room temperature. (Biscocho de Tres Leches) (Three Milks cake)

Enjoy this delicious pastel de tres leches Mexican dessert recipe!

Type of recipe: Desserts
Preparation Time (min): 60
Cook Time (min):
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Product Reviews
Pastel de Tres Leches
4.5 Stars based on 3 Review(s)
Tucson, AZ
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Tres Leches
May 30, 2013

This is by far and away the best recipe for Tres Leches I have ever done. The prior comment regarding the must not understand that you bake the cake first and then soak the cake with the remaining liquids. It produces the most moist and delicious Tres Leches this side of the boarder.
Perfect ratios and perfect sweetness
The cake batter is a bit difficult to work if you do not know how to fold in whipped egg whites without breaking them. The note that the batter will be thick is an is very thick!

Jamestown ND
3 Stars

Pastel de tres leche
April 3, 2013

The amount of liquid (milk) is WAY too much for the amount of dry ingredients! And just to clarify in case you think because I live in ND I don't know Mexican food, I was born and raised in Yuma Arizona. Twenty-two miles from San Luis ,Old Mexico.
There is no way that amount of liquid to dry ingredient ratio is going to work.

5 Stars

Review for Pastel de Tres Leches
March 16, 2010


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