Tres Leche Cake

This week I decided to try to make Tres Leche Cake. This was my first time trying to make this and it actually turned out really well! I was super proud of myself 🙂 I used Marcela’s recipe and I would definitely recommend it and am interested in trying more of her recipes!


  • 1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 4 Eggs, separated
  • 1 ½ cups Sugar
  • ½ cup Whole Milk
  • 1 (14 oz) Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 (12 oz) Can Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 3 Tbsp Orange Liqueur
  • 3 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon


  1. In a bowl combine the flour and the baking powder.
  2. Using a standing mixer with the whisk attachment whip the egg whites until they turn frothy.
  3. Gradually add the sugar while still whipping the egg whites and beat until they form stiff peaks. This step took me a while so don’t be too scared that it’s not working if it takes some time.
  4. Add the yolks 1 at a time to the egg whites.
  5. Add half the flour mixture and blend.
  6. Add the milk and blend.
  7. Add the last half of the flour mixture and blend. Be sure not to over whisk the mixture as it will make the cake tough.
  8. Pour the batter into a buttered and floured round cake pan.
  9. Cook in a preheated 350° oven  for 30 – 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let the cake cool for 10 – 15 minutes.
  11. While the cake is cooling combine the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, 1 cup of the heavy cream and orange liqueur.
  12. Place the cake on a platter that has higher sides to contain the milk mixture.
  13. Pour the milk mixture over the warm cake.
  14. Cover the cake and place in the fridge overnight.
  15. When ready to serve the cake whip the remaining cup of heavy cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form (whipped cream!)
  16. Spread the whipped cream over the top and sides of the cake.
  17. Sprinkle the cake with the cinnamon.
  18. Serve and enjoy!

I would recommend letting this cake set overnight as the orange liqueur is a little strong after only a couple of hours, but was much more mellow the next day. Now I know how to make a sponge cake!