Tres Leche Cake
June 6th, 2010|Filed Under Dessert, Recipes

Tres Leche Cake 600x450 Tres Leche CakeDon’t you feel like trying something new once in a while when going out to eat? Sometimes it’s good to mix it up and try a new cuisine or even venture out to a new neighborhood and expand your culture. It can sometimes be intimidating not knowing how to understand the menu or seeing things that you’ve never heard of. This is the time you go out with your diverse friends.

Living in the NYC melting pot, I have a close group of friends from all over the world. I even consider myself somewhat diverse, though they’d disagree. I was really craving Spanish food one day, but it’s a cuisine that haven’t had as regularly as Italian or Japanese, so I went through my Telemundo Rolodex and called up one of my best friends.

I met up with my Puerto Rican friend and we headed to a Spanish restaurant. It was so strange, right before he entered he was Mr. J. Crew from Gramercy Park, but as soon as he entered the restaurant he transformed into Celia Cruz from Havana. I was like who are you? I couldn’t understand one thing he said. All of his R’s turned into Rrrrrrrrr’s. I couldn’t even understand the way he pronounced his name. I tried ordering and all of a sudden he teamed up with the waitress to laugh at me. They kept referring to me as Blanco and made everything really difficult for me. A few drinks later I was ready for dessert. The waitress came up to us and, really loudly, I asked her for Cuatro Leche cake. My mission was to embarrass my friend. It worked. My friend was about to explode because I was embarrassing him in front of his people. He said, “ don’t you mean Tres Leche?” I said “no, Tito Puentes I want four!” We’re still friends, but now he’ll only meet me at Johnny Rockets.

This cake has a lot of components, but they’re all really easy and quick. It’s a remarkable thing to eat.


Recipe: Tres Leche Cake


  • 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter – left at room temperature for 2 hours
  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 Lemon – Zested


  1. Whisk the butter and sugar until smooth. Add all the other ingredients, mix until smooth, and place in a buttered 9×13-inch pan. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when pricked.

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: dessert

Recipe: The Leche


  • 1 (14oz) Can Condensed Milk – Sweetened
  • 1 (12oz) Can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 3/4 Cups Milk
  • 1 Vanilla Bean


  1. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape out all the seeds and place in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, whisk then pour over the baked cake while it’s still in the pan. Place the pan into the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: dessert

Recipe: The Caramel Sauce


  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Heavy cream
  • 1/2 Stick Butter
  • Pinch of Salt


  1. Add the sugar and water in a saucepan and cook on medium low heat for 10 minutes. Do not mix. After 10 minutes, bring the heat up to medium high and bring to a boil. You will want to boil the sugar until it becomes a medium amber color. That should take about 7-10 minutes. When the sugar has reached the amber color turn the heat off and add the heavy cream. Be careful it will bubble. Stir with a spoon then add the butter and salt and stir some more.

Recipe: The Whipped Cream


  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar


  1. Whisk the heavy cream and sugar in a bowl until stiff.
  2. Cut a piece of cake; pour some caramel sauce on top, a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of coconut.


5 Responses to “Tres Leche Cake”

  1. Kaki La Loo says:

    OH! Que delicioso!

    Be sure to take the vanilla bean after you scrape the seeds out and either stick it in a bottle of vodka or bury it in your sugar jar.

  2. Petrit says:

    Good idea Kaki!

  3. Nisha says:

    Was recommended your site by Amy Bitici – and really like the recipes but wondered if it might be an idea to also give measurements in metric? Will give it a more international, rather than just us feel…
    Will certainly come back for another look!

  4. Petrit says:

    Hello Nisha. I hope this helps you….

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