Easy Tres Leches Cake

We made a tres leches cake for my father-in-law’s birthday.  Tres leches is a sponge cake soaked in a delicious 3-milk mixture (hence the name).  Originating in Central and South America, it is delicious, creamy and very special.


Easy Tres Leches Cake

Makes 16 servings



  • 1 box yellow cake mix (15.25 ounce size)
  • 1 1/4 C water
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 4 eggs

Tres Leches mixture:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1 C whipping cream


  • 1 C whipping cream
  • 2 T sugar
  • Maraschino cherries


Heat oven to 350 degrees

Grease and flour 9×13 cake pan

In large bowl combine cake mix, water, oil, vanilla and eggs.  Scrape sides until mixed well.

Pour into pan and bake as directed on box.

While cake is baking, combine ingredients for tres leches mixture.  Mix until completely combined.  Be careful not to whip up the whipping cream.

When cake is baked, let stand 10 mins.  Use fork and poke holes in cake.  Be careful not to get “poke happy” and tear it up.  Pour tres leches mixture over cake slowly.  It will absorb.  Place cake in fridge to cool.


Close to the time of serving, make the topping.  Using an electric hand mixer, combine whipping cream and sugar until stiff peaks form.  Stiff peaks mean you can pull the mixer up from the whipped cream and it will stand straight up.  If the peaks fall over you need to continue whipping.

Spread whipped cream over the cake and decorate with cherries.  Serve.

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker’s Premium Tres Leches Cake recipe, www.bettycrocker.com


Anna Lookingbill

Anna Lookingbill

I'm a self-taught Betty Crocker. Food should be pretty, delicious and have sprinkles. Professionally I'm a clinical social worker. Follow me on Facebook and Pinterest- Sugar and Spice Baking Blog- for great recipes, amazing restaurants and culinary adventures.

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