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Torta de Tres Leches // Three Milks Cake

One of my complaints about cakes in Peru is that they are “juicy.” If you have eaten one, you know just what I mean. My aversion to wet cakes has always caused me to avoid Tres Leches, until recently. Suddenly, this has become our go-to dessert when having guests.

Tres Leches Cake


Torta de Tres Leches // Three Milks Cake

Yield: 18 servings

Source: Adapted from Nestle


  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 can (400 g) of evaporated milk
  • 1 can (395 g) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cup of whole milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a 9×13 Pyrex baking pan by spraying with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until light and frothy. Add sugar slowly, constantly beating. Add 1/2 cup of evaporated milk and vanilla and beat the mixture on medium for about 2 more minutes. Sprinkle flour mixture over the egg mixture in 4 parts, incorporating flour with each addition. Pour entire mixture into prepared baking pan and bake at 350F for about 30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when touched.
  4. To make the milk topping, combine the evaporated milk, the sweetened condensed milk, the whole milk. Stir to combine and reserve.
  5. Remove from the oven once the batter no longer “jiggles” although the cake will be quite spongy. Poke holes with a fork (or a chopstick!). Pour the milk mixture over the entire cake, while it is still hot. Refrigerate to cool and set.
  6. Cover with whipped cream and serve cold.


7 Responses to “Torta de Tres Leches // Three Milks Cake”

  1. This is going in my fridge to cool right now! Can’t wait to try it tomorrow.

    Posted by Laura | March 23, 2012, 10:05 pm
    • Awesome Laura! I think you are going to love it! I have so many other version ideas! I did a gingerbread caramel-y one last year. This year I want to make a “Christmas Chocolate” version. …the list goes on! Let me know how it turns out!

      Posted by Gretchen Noelle | March 23, 2012, 10:26 pm
  2. How much liquid is a can milk?

    Posted by Monique | April 14, 2012, 3:57 pm


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