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Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake
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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 55 min
  • Servings 15
A classic and easy Tres Leches Cake goes far beyond your average cake recipe. Moist, flavorful and deeply rich, our Tres Leches Cake with Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Yellow Cake Mix makes it simple to impress. Sweetened condensed milk, whole milk and whipping cream are the traditional “three milks" in our Tres Leches Cake ingredients. Mix and pour into "poke" holes in the cake to create the iconic flavor. Tap into your inner Betty with a cake that goes from mix to masterpiece.
Updated February 11, 2021
Make With
Make With
Betty Crocker Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
  • 1 cup whole milk or evaporated milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 container Betty Crocker™ Whipped Fluffy White Frosting

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
  • 3
    Bake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Let stand 5 minutes. Poke top of hot cake every 1/2 inch with long-tined fork, wiping fork occasionally to reduce sticking.
  • 4
    In large bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk, whole milk and whipping cream. Carefully pour evenly over top of cake. Cover; refrigerate about 1 hour or until mixture is absorbed into cake. Frost with frosting. Store covered in refrigerator.

  • Tres leches—or “three milks” in Spanish—is just a very moist cake enriched with two forms of concentrated milk and rich cream. The full dairy and vanilla flavors are a favorite in the southern U.S.
  • Try serving this Tres Leches Cake topped with a fresh berry or tropical fruit compote.
  • Be sure to wipe the fork occasionally to reduce sticking as you poke even rows in the Tres Leches Cake.
  • Now that you've mastered an easy Tres Leches Cake, try this recipe for Banana Tres Leches Dessert. The addition of coconut milk and banana slices on top give it a more tropical flair.
  • If you love trying out Mexican-inspired desserts, check out this recipe for Mexican Chocolate Cake. The hint of cinnamon adds a welcome spice to the rich chocolate flavors.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
Calories from Fat
150
Total Fat
17g
25%
Saturated Fat
9g
47%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
80mg
26%
Sodium
290mg
12%
Potassium
180mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
41g
Protein
5g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

  • Tres Leches cake features three different dairy products that come together to create a cake that’s moist, but not mushy, and dense with just the right amount of sweetness. This indulgent cake traces its origins back to South America, but you don’t need to fly across the equator to try a piece. You can enjoy a slice of decadent tres leches right in the comfort of your own home with this recipe from the Betty Crocker™ Test Kitchens. And for more takes on tres leches, check out all of  Betty’s tres leches-inspired recipes, plus instructions on how to make perfect cake, every time.
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