How to make a tres leche cake! (Part 1)

By: Jessica Garcia Saligan

What is a tres leche cake ?

Tres leche is a traditional cake from Mexico. Tres leche cake is a sponge cake soaked with a sweet milk mixture. It’s a very popular dish in a lot of Mexican restaurants!

This cake recipe will take 10 hrs 30 minutes to make because to get an amazing taste you will have to let the cake soak up all syrupy milk mixture for 8 hours or overnight. When it’s time to serve, the cake will be moist and not soggy.

There are going to be 2 parts for this recipe. In Part 1 I will be explaining on how to make the cake part, and in Part 2 I will explain on how to make the syrups, milk mixture, and everything else!

For the cake:


  • Big bowl
  • 2 small bowls
  • Wisk
  • Measuring cups
  • Strainer
  • Hand mixture
  • Large pan
  • 8 1⁄2 or 9 inch pan

Ingredients for the Sponge Cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or cake flour, sifted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature

You will want to start off with preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

For all 6 eggs, you’re going to want to separate the egg whites and the yolk into small bowls.

In another bowl you’re going to get your strainer and put it on top of the bowl then slowly pour in the flour.

Set the bowl of flour aside and grab your egg yolks, big bowl and hand mixer.

You’re going to pour the egg yolk into the big bowl and mix until all together.

  • Add one teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Add half a cup of sugar

Set your hand mixer into high speed and beat well until you see the yolk become a lighter color but keep mixing until it starts to develop volume. Mixture should be smooth not runny.

You’re going to want to wash your hand mixer.

In another bowl, you’re going to pour in your egg whites and beat on high speed then add in half of the sugar slowly while mixing the egg whites.
Keep mixing until soft peaks start to form, then add the remaining sugar.

Your mixture should be light and fluffy!

You should now have three bowls: one with the flour, one with the egg white mixture, and the other with the egg yolk mixture.

Grab your yolk mixture and slowly add in your flour and egg whites, the cake batter should be smooth, thick and fluffy.

Once you’re done mixing, slowly you’re going to want to grab your 8 1⁄2 or 9 inch pan and pour in the mixture.

Also, make sure the large pan is on the bottom and the 8 1⁄2 or 9 inch pan is on top.

Place your cake very carefully into the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 40-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

To finish the rest of the cake make sure to check out part 2, coming out soon!

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