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Tres Leches Cake With Arequipe Whipped Cream


I wish I could say that I grew up eating tres leches cake when I lived in Colombia or even when I was a kid here in the US but I would be lying to you if I did. My family is not really big into baking and it seems like I was the only one who is crazy about it, so we never had it growing up. In fact, I didn’t actually get to eat it until I was in college and it was only because my mother gave me a leftover piece from a birthday party she had been invited to, and it was delicious!

You will read in many food blogs or even recipe sites that tres leches cake originated in Mexico, others say it was creted in Costa Rica, others say South America, many in Colombia say it was born there even though they call it “torta genovesa” (Genoese cake), and they’re all right… and wrong. No one really knows where it came from even if they swear up and down that they do, but the reality is, no one can really say for sure. It does have a lot of Latin flavor though so I’ll give them that much. I guess the correct answer would be that it is considered a Latin American cake. How about that?

The traditional way of baking it is by using a sheet cake pan, usually 9 x 13 inches (33 x 23 cm), so that it can catch all the extra liquid that the cake may not be able to absorb, plus it makes it much easier to bake. However, my favorite way of making it is by using a 9 x 2 inches (23 x 5 cm) round baking dish and then cut it in half to make it into a two tier cake, it not only looks better but you can also fill it with whipped cream and fruit if you want. The trick is to use less liquid or you’ll end up with a huge mess. In this recipe I decided to add a little bit of arequipe to the whipped cream to give it a richer flavor and the result is amazing!

¡Buen Provecho!



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Tres Leches Cake With Arequipe Whipped Cream

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  • Author: Diana
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 small 9 inch cake 1x
  • Cuisine: Latin American




  • 1½ cup (210g) all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup (200g) white sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup (118 ml) whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (200 g) strawberries, sliced (For the filling)
  • 4 large strawberries, cut in half (For decoration)

Arequipe (Dulce de Leche) Whipped Cream:

  • 2 cups (472 ml) whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp arequipe or dulce de leche
  • 1/3 cup (55 g) powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Tres Leches:

  • ½ cup (118 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (354 ml) evaporated milk
  • ½ cup (118 ml) sweetened condensed milk



  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF (180ºC).
  2. In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until frothy. Slowly add the sugar while still whisking at high speed until it thickens, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the egg yolks one at a time while mixer is still running and mix at high speed for another 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add half of the flour mixture and keep mixing until it is blended. Then, add the milk and the vanilla extract. Finally, add the remaining amount of flour. Mix until everything is well blended.
  6. Grease and flour a 9 x 2 inch (23 x 5 cm) round baking pan and pour in the batter. Tap a few times so the air bubbles rise to the top and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the baked cake cool on a cooling rack.

Whipping Cream:

  1. Mix ½ cup (118 ml) of the heavy whipping cream with the arequipe or dulce de leche.
  2. Place the remainder whipping cream in a mixing bowl that has been in the freezer for at least 15 minutes. Mix at high speed until it foams. Add the ½ cup of dulce de leche whipping cream and keep mixing until it thickens, approx. 1-2 minutes. Then add the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract, keep mixing at high speed until soft peaks form (about 3-5 minutes). Refrigerate until ready to use.

Tres Leches:

  1. In a medium bowl mix the heavy cream, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk. Set aside.
  2. Once the cake has cooled, cut it in half with a cake leveler or a knife so you end up with two pieces. Poke one of the cake pieces with a fork and then slowly pour half of the tres leches mixture. Let the cake absorb it thoroughly.
  3. Once the milk has been absorbed, cover the cake with some of the whipped cream and then place the strawberry slices on top. Cover the strawberries with another layer of whipped cream.
  4. Place the second cake half on top of the strawberries, poke it with a fork and slowly pour the rest of the tres leches mix. Let the cake absorb it completely.
  5. Finish frosting the cake with the remainder whipped cream and the rest of the strawberries. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


  • You can double this recipe to make two 9 inch cakes.
  • If making two cakes, then you should also double the amount of whipped cream, strawberries and tres leches.
  • The arequipe gives the whipped cream a delicious caramel flavor, but you can omit it, if you want.
  • If you cannot find evaporated milk, you can substitute it with regular whole milk.
  • Try not to overmix the batter once you add the flour to avoid ending up with a dry and dense cake.
  • Do not overmix the whipping cream or it’ll curdle.
  • Keep the cake refrigerated so the whipped cream does not start to melt.




  1. Lucie Prokůpková
    March 14, 2014 / 8:25 am

    It looks amazing!

    • Sweet y Salado
      March 14, 2014 / 4:37 pm

      Thank you!!! =)

    • Vanessa
      January 9, 2018 / 5:24 am

      Hey I want to make this cake for a party. I was wondering how long I can refrigerate thid cake for without getting too dry?

    • Sweet y Salado
      January 9, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      Hello Vanessa, you can make the cake days in advance and leave it wrapped at room temperature. But once you pour in the tres leches mixture and decorate it, you should leave it in the fridge for a few hours. The reason I say a few hours is because the whipped cream will start to lose its texture the longer you let it sit.

    • Anonymous
      January 13, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      How long would i have to bake this for if i did double the amount

    • Sweet y Salado
      January 15, 2018 / 4:59 pm

      Vanessa, baking times vary depending on the size of your baking pan. The bigger the baking pan, the longer it takes to be done. If it's smaller, then it takes less time. Keep your eye on it and do the toothpick test once it starts to turn a light golden brown.

    • Felicia Kalb
      August 21, 2021 / 9:03 pm

      I want to make this in an 8×3 so that it’s a little taller, does the baking time change?

      • sweetysalado
        August 11, 2023 / 4:02 pm

        It may, so you can start checking at 25-30 minutes.

  2. Sparkle
    March 25, 2014 / 6:02 pm

    Hi I LOVE your video.. 🙂 But I have a question I have a 13x9x2 cake pan di I add more? if so how much? thanks!

    • Sweet y Salado
      March 25, 2014 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you so much Sparkle! You can use the 9×13 inch pan with the amounts I have for the recipe, however it will take less time to bake, so keep an eye on it. Also, if you want to make with the filling, it may be tricky to cut the cake in half but it is doable. If you only want to do one layer and not add any filling I suggest you add more milk mixture, so use one large can of evaporated milk, which I think it's 12 oz., one large can of condensed milk which should be about 14 oz. and 1 cup of heavy cream. Otherwise, it will come out dry.

  3. Anonymous
    March 26, 2014 / 12:41 am

    I can't wait to try this! I look forward to making soon since I can't seem to find it anywhere in North Dakota. Mrs. Murphy

    • Sweet y Salado
      March 26, 2014 / 4:17 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Mrs. Murphy. And please, let me know if you have any questions regarding the recipe. You'll see how amazing it comes out. =)

  4. carito
    March 29, 2014 / 11:30 am

    Hello Diana, that looks amazing! Im Colombian too and it is great to see people like you representing our food in such an awesome way. THANK YOU!!! I want to bake this cake for my mother in law next weekend, Can i bake it on saturday taking into account the party is on Sunday? will it be good for the next day if I leave it in the fridge? Thank you!

    • Sweet y Salado
      March 29, 2014 / 6:00 pm

      Hola Carito, thank you for your comment! It makes me so happy that you're enjoying the recipes I've been posting.Absolutely, if you want to make the cake a day before, you can; however, don't decorate it with the whipped cream because it will start to lose it's shape. What I like to do is bake the cake the day before and finish it the next day.

    • Anonymous
      May 27, 2016 / 10:09 pm

      Hello Diana, I'm making this recipe for birthday tomorrow but want to start it today. If I start today when should I add the leches, today after the cake bakes or tomorrow before decorating it?Thank you, Danny

    • Sweet y Salado
      May 27, 2016 / 11:07 pm

      Hello Danny, you can soak the cake today and decorate it tomorrow, that will give it more time to absorb the tres leches better. =)

    • Anonymous
      May 27, 2016 / 11:36 pm

      Thanks for helping out =)

  5. alfonso garcia
    March 30, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    hello is it 1 Tablespoon of baking powder or 1 teaspoon? i made just the bread was super sweet? so bread sweet + tress leches would it be alot? im mexican maybe is different

    • Sweet y Salado
      March 31, 2014 / 5:07 pm

      Hi Alfonos, yes it's 1 tablespoon of baking powder because it's a spongecake and you need it to rise as much as possible so it can absorb the tres leches. If you think the cake is too sweet, you can lower the amount of sugar when you make it, we all have different tastes and I've never heard a complaint about it being too sweet. The same thing goes for the leches milk mix, it does come out sweet but it's subtle and not overwhelming.

  6. carito
    April 7, 2014 / 12:14 am

    hello Diana, I just wanted to thank you for such an awesome recipe. I made it yesterday for my mother-in-law and everybody loved it. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    • Sweet y Salado
      April 8, 2014 / 5:20 pm

      Oh my gosh carito, I'm so happy that you guys loved the cake so much! And thank you for letting me know!!! =)

  7. preethy medisetty
    April 23, 2014 / 5:54 am

    Thank a lot for your response.. Appreciated. I did cover the cake when i kept in fridge. But as you told, the hardening could be because of limited addition of the milk mixture.I wanted this cake for a birthday , so i wanted it out the pan (for the occasion). But what i did is, after i have cut the cake into pieces i added more milk mixture to individual pieces before eating. It softened almost immediately. And thanks for sharing such a nice recipe, everyone who ate the cake loved it.

    • Sweet y Salado
      April 23, 2014 / 5:58 am

      Nice to see you here on the blog preethy! And I'm so glad you were able to make it moist again by adding more milk to the pieces of cake. It still odd to me that it came out so dry because I've never had that problem. Oh well. Thanks for making the cake and for letting me know how it turned out! =)

  8. Elizabeth Aviles
    June 6, 2014 / 3:07 am

    This is the best tres leches cake I have ever had!! If I use your recipe (the cake part) with a 9×13 pan will it be thinner(not as tall)?

    • Sweet y Salado
      June 6, 2014 / 2:39 pm

      I'm so glad you liked it Elizabeth!!! =DIf you use a 9×13 inch pan it will be a bit thinner but not much, it just makes it difficult to add that middle layer of strawberries but you can skip that part. If you want to see what it looks like, you can check out my Chocolate Tres Leches Cake recipe where I used the same amount of ingredients and technique using a 9×13 inch pan.Here's the link:https://sweetysalado.com/2014/04/chocolate-tres-leches-cake.html

  9. yaiza betances
    July 25, 2014 / 12:22 am

    Hi Diana I love this recipe! I am just wondering if it's ok to divide the cake into two cake pan?

    • Sweet y Salado
      July 31, 2014 / 7:59 pm

      Hi Yaiza, yes, you can! I'm just used to using one cake pan and then cutting the cake in half because that's the way I was taught.

  10. Rocio
    July 28, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    Hi Diana, my dad had a birthday party on Saturday and I made your "Tres Leches" cake it was delicious everyone was so impressed with it. Thank you so much.

    • Sweet y Salado
      July 31, 2014 / 8:03 pm

      Hi Rocio, congratulations!!! I'm so glad you decided to make the recipe and that your family enjoyed it so much. I hope your dad had a great birthday! =)

  11. Anonymous
    September 18, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    Hi I have made this cake with your recipe and it is delicious thank you . I do have a question though my cake does not come out flat which makes it difficult to decorate. I'm very new at baking any suggestions?

    • Sweet y Salado
      September 19, 2014 / 3:54 pm

      Hi Paola! Thank you so much for making the recipe and I'm so happy you liked it, it's definitely one of our favorites at home.If the cake comes out round on top, that's a normal thing that happens and most bakers will shave the top off with a serrated knife to make it flat and then turn it over to decorate it because the bottom will always be flat.If the bump is too big, it meas that the temperature of your oven is a bit high. If you think about it, the edges are the first to cook with the heat and if the oven is too hot, they will cook really fast pushing the raw batter towards the center and this is what forms the round tops. To avoid it you can lower your oven by 5-10 degrees or start checking if your cake is done before it's time. But like I said, most bakers will just shave off the tops. And in fact, that's how cake pops were invented, they just used those scraps to make little balls and cover them with frosting. =)

  12. brenda nunez
    September 25, 2014 / 7:06 pm

    Can I double the recipe to name the cake bigger or a two tier

    • Sweet y Salado
      September 26, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      Yes! Absolutely! Just make sure you also double the amount of the three milks so that you can soak up the cake really well. =)

  13. brenda nunez
    September 25, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    Is there another way to make it without the dulce de leche and also how long can it be out of the refrigerator? We are having a picnic that's why I ask? Also if can I just double the ingredients to make it bigger?

    • Sweet y Salado
      September 26, 2014 / 4:21 pm

      Hi Brenda, adding the dulce de leche is completely optional and you can make the whipped cream with just powdered sugar and vanilla, if you want. The whipped cream will start deflating and eventually melt if it's too warm, so if you're going to take it to a picnic I suggest you treat it as if it were an ice cream cake and keep it inside a cooler with ice to make sure it stays nice and cold.

  14. Cristina Cardenas
    October 31, 2014 / 3:57 am

    Hello! I've made this cake twice already and the taste is amazing. The only problem I'm coming across is the whipped topping is coming out a bit runny. I've made it once with the ariguipe and once with the dulce de Leche with the same results. Any suggestions on what I may be doing wrong? Thank you.

    • Sweet y Salado
      October 31, 2014 / 4:04 pm

      Hi Crisina, thank you so much for making this recipe!!! The whipped cream could be runny because you probably haven't whipped it enough, you have to whip it until stiff peaks form, so if you take some whipped cream with your whisk and hold it with your hand, it should stay on it and not drip off. However, you have to be careful to not overwhip or it'll turn into butter.The other tip I can give you is to stabilize it to make it firmer. I still don't have the video on how to do it but it's pretty easy to do. Here's a great video that shows you how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDIR9LdgmbgHope that helps.

  15. Anonymous
    November 4, 2014 / 3:29 am

    Thank you so much Diane for posting the Tres leches recipe. I made this for my brother-law b-day and everyone loved it. Your instruction are very clear and easy to follow. I will definitely be doing this again. Thanks again.

    • Sweet y Salado
      November 4, 2014 / 6:07 pm

      Yay!!! I'm so glad it came out great and that you guys liked it so much. Thank you so much for making it and for coming back to the blog to let me know! ♥

  16. Anonymous
    November 18, 2014 / 4:44 pm

    Can you tell me where to find the whipping cream and heavy cream? All I can find is heavy whipping cream

    • Sweet y Salado
      November 18, 2014 / 5:18 pm

      If all you can find is heavy whipping cream, then that's even better! Heavy whipping cream has more fat content than regular whipping cream and will make your whipped cream firmer and it will whip faster. You can also use that same cream for the tres leches mixture and it will come out amazing because of the fat content it has. Another cream you can use is table cream or half and half. =)

    • Anonymous
      November 20, 2014 / 1:24 am

      Omg thank you very much! I made it yesterday! I was going to let it sit till today for my husband's birthday but when he got home he found it and tore in it!!! And I found whipping cream and the woman at the store told me that 3/4 cup milk and 1/3 melted butter was the same as the heavy cream… but nice to know that half and half and heavy whipping cream can be used I bought them just in case but thank you very much!!!

    • Sweet y Salado
      November 20, 2014 / 5:20 pm

      Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy to hear that you made it and that your husband was able to enjoy it on his birthday! Thank you so much for making it and for coming back to let me know how much you loved it. ♥

  17. lorenza martin
    December 30, 2014 / 4:27 pm

    Hey I have a question can I use the whipp cream from store if you don't make your own?

    • Sweet y Salado
      December 30, 2014 / 5:59 pm

      Absolutely! You can buy the Cool whip containers if you want instead of making your own whipped cream at home. =)

  18. Claudia Melendez
    January 15, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    Thank you soooo much this turned out to be an amazing cake! My family loved it! At first by seeing the video I thought that the bread would come out dry and the whole thing just like many others I have tried before…But none of that It was simply amazing and btw I also made the Arequipe another great recipe, never imagined it that easy 🙂 THANK YOU.

    • Sweet y Salado
      January 15, 2015 / 6:20 pm

      Yaaaaay!!! I am so happy to hear to you made this recipe and that your family enjoyed it! Thank you so much!! I know that when reading the recipe, or even watching the video, it may look a bit daunting to make but it's actually the complete opposite. Thanks for sharing your great news, Claudia! =)

  19. Tatum
    January 31, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Hi, my name is Tatum. I'm only 11 and i'm a baking/cooking blogger, I made the Tres leches cake because someone requested it and it was so delicious! i am editing the video for it right now! If you want to check out my blog it is picklepopsickle.wordpress.com . Thanks so much for your inspiration!

    • Sweet y Salado
      February 2, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      You have a great blog, Tatum! Congratulations and thanks for your invitation. =)

  20. Anonymous
    February 2, 2015 / 6:09 am

    Hello Diana, I just want to thank you for the recipe! What do you think, is there another way to cover the cake with fondant one day before?

    • Sweet y Salado
      February 2, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Even though it's not a traditional way to decorate a tres leches cake, you can cover it with fondant, if you want, as long as you cover it with buttercream first.

  21. jennyfer esguerra
    February 12, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Hi Diana, I've made this cake a few times before and I love it but i cant find whipping cream in my supermarket anymore. what can i replace it with? heavy whipping cream?

    • Sweet y Salado
      February 12, 2015 / 5:49 pm

      Hi jennyfer, heavy whipping cream works really well for making the whipped cream and the tres leches mixture. I actually like it better than regular whipping cream because it has more fat and it not only whips faster and better, but it's also more stable.

  22. Anonymous
    March 31, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    Hello Diana,I love your Tres Leche cake recipe. I did have a question on the cake part of the recipe. I have made Tres Leche cake before using the 2 tier method and came out wonderful but for some reason lately, my cake once cooled starts to deflate and look awful. I'm not sure what I am doing wrong that the cake starts to shrink and loses its shape. Please advise.

    • Sweet y Salado
      April 1, 2015 / 4:59 pm

      Hi there! That's actually the same thing that happened to me the first time I tried to make a round tres leches cake. After trial and error I discovered that the main culprit was the amount of tres leches that I was adding, which is the reason why this particular recipe has a lot less milk than a regular tres leches sheet cake. The measurement of the tres leches mixture is enough to make it moist and delicious but not to the point where it will drip out and flatten the cake.

  23. Anonymous
    April 4, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Hello Diana, I made this yesterday and my cake came out dense and heavy. Please advice.

    • Sweet y Salado
      April 6, 2015 / 9:01 pm

      Hi there,When sponge cakes come out too dense and hard it's mainly because the flour overmixed. Try to mix until it's incorporated so you don't overdevelop the gluten in the flour, which is what makes the cake too dense.

  24. Norma Polanco
    May 30, 2015 / 12:00 am

    HelloI love this cake and every time I've made it people love it. I have a question, what can i do for the cake to not get so crunchy? I usually have to cut some of the top off. And how much of the ingredients do i need for two 9inch pans? Thank you for this delicious recipe.

    • Sweet y Salado
      May 31, 2015 / 5:07 pm

      Hi Norma, thank you so much for making this recipe!!!If the cake comes out crunchy is because the oven is either too hot, which happens when it's not well calibrated or you left it in there for too long. What you can do is start checking if it's done before the 30 minutes, that way it won't be overcooked.

  25. theBreadmeister
    July 22, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    I love Tres Leches Cake, but had never made one myself. My daughter and granddaughters were visting, so I wanted to bake a special dessert. I scoured the internet and found your recipe. I am so glad I tried this. This is the best Tres Leches Cake I have ever eaten! It is not too sweet and not too wet; just perfect!

  26. Grace Brielle
    August 1, 2015 / 12:27 am

    Hello! I don't have Pam at my house. Should I just use butter to grease the pan or should I grease it with butter and then dust it with flour? Thanks for your recipe! I'm hoping to try it tomorrow!

    • Sweet y Salado
      August 3, 2015 / 4:31 pm

      Hello Grace, I use Pam because of how practical it is but you can grease and flour your pan with butter and flour. =)

  27. Nancy Zhou
    October 10, 2015 / 2:18 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. My cake turned out BEAUTIFUL and it was the best cake that I ever made. My family hates things that are too sweet and this was just perfect.If anyone is interested in how to stabilize the whipped cream topping, I melted a bunch of mini marshmallows (or use 3 jumbo ones) in the microwave and let them cool, then added that mixture to the whipped whipping cream. It keeps everything a little bit more firm, since I knew that temperatures might be warm in my area and I was worried about things melting and not staying in place.This was a wonderful recipe and I'm looking forward to discovering more on your blog. Thank you for sharing!

  28. Alex V
    October 20, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Hi i want to make the tres leches cake for my mom viryhday but i has some questions i want to make a xake big enough for 15+ ppl so what size cake pan should as i use? & how much more should i add of ingredients.

    • Sweet y Salado
      October 20, 2015 / 4:09 pm

      Hi Alex, you can still use a 9×2 inch cake pan with the measurements I have listed on the recipe. It all depends on how you slice it and you can go with big servings for 8 people up to smaller slices for 22 people. Here's a chart on how you can cut and serve a 9 inch cake: http://www.bakepedia.com/tipsandtricks/cut-serve-round-cakes-6-14-inches/

  29. Ameeta
    November 19, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Hi….the comments on this recipe are so good that I want to try it but I have a question. In the recipe you have mention 1 tablespoon baking powder. Is it teaspoon or tablespoon?

    • Sweet y Salado
      November 20, 2015 / 5:49 pm

      Hello Ameeta, it's actually 1 tablespoon. Since this is a spongecake, you need a lot of air in the cake so that it can easily absorb the three milks mixture.

  30. Maggie
    November 30, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Hi Diana,If I double the recipe and bake it in a 9×13 rectangular pan, how long do I have to bake it for?

    • Sweet y Salado
      November 30, 2015 / 7:33 pm

      Hi Maggie, you can also bake this batter in a 9×13 baking pan without having to double the recipe. I would only double the amount of ingredients if you wanted to make 2 sheets of cake in 2 9×13 baking pans. If you do make it in a 9×13, then make sure to start checking it after 20 minutes or so because it bakes faster than the 9 inch round pan.

  31. YVANNA
    December 10, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Hi, your recipe sounds and looks yummy and simple unlike other recipes so I wanna give it a try but I have a 10 inch round pan and I plan on cutting it in half and filling it like you. Should I double the recipe? I just don't want it to look super thin cause it's for a bday. Thank you!!

    • Sweet y Salado
      December 11, 2015 / 10:05 pm

      Hi Yvanna, the 9 x 2 inch pan that I use for this recipe has a volume for 8 cups of liquid or batter. A 10 x 2 inch pan has a volume of 11 cups. So I think that if you multiply the amounts by half (½) your cake should come out great.

  32. kawthar
    December 12, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Hi..I Used to live in California and I used to lovvveeee this cake… and now when I saw it's recipe on the net I wa s soooo happy ..so yesterday I made it and put it on the fridge all night ..and today when I cut it it was dry like a regular cake ..even though I put 1 cup cream and 1 cup of evaporated milk and one cup sweetened condensed milk.and there was nothing on the pan .. I was soooo surprised where did they disapear !!?? i'm really sad I want to try again but i m scared…plzz help and thnx

    • Sweet y Salado
      December 14, 2015 / 6:45 pm

      Hi kawthar, this tres leches cake recipe is a bit different than your average tres leches cake because it needs less milk mixture in order to leave it outside the pan. If you add the regular amounts for a tres leches cake, you will end up with a huge puddle on your pan, which is the reason why most tres leches cakes are left inside the baking pan. If you cut the cake to peek inside, you will see that it is still moist but not dripping. If you want to add more liquid, you will not be able to keep it outside the pan.

  33. Anonymous
    December 24, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    Hi! This has become a family favorite for the holidays! As a Colombian, anything with arequipe is a winner! This cake is just so delicious and not overpoweringly sweet that everyone loves it! And this is the second year in a row that it has been requested, thanks for the recipe! Feliz Navidad!

  34. Anonymous
    January 12, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    My DIL's birthday is tomorrow and we're having a dinner and (hopefully) this cake for dessert. But I'm actually a lithe scared and don;t wanna mess it up. I'd like to make it today and keep it in the fridge until tomorrow evening (approximately 30 hrs total). Will the piped whipped topping hold it's shape… will the cake get too dry…? Please arise. 🙂

    • Sweet y Salado
      January 12, 2016 / 9:18 pm

      Hello Patty, I usually do just that, make it the day before so the cake can absorb the milks overnight. The whipped cream will hold just fine inside the refrigerator.

  35. JulieResponsibly
    February 1, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Just tried this in two 6" cake pans (a better size for a family of three) and the recipe was perfect for filling both – so one tonight and one for the weekend! Also cut three tiers since it rose so nicely. Excellent presentation for tres leches and we love the whipped cream!

  36. Gabriela Solis
    March 15, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    Heyy, for the whipped creme/ frosting of the cake can i use an already made frosting or fruit whipped cream.?!

    • Sweet y Salado
      March 15, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      Hi Gabriela, yes, you can use refrigerated whipped cream frosting to frost this cake. =)

  37. Mary
    April 2, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Great recipe! It tried great. Thank you.

  38. Unknown
    April 9, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Hey I am wanting to make this cake for a 13in round cake. How many time do I have to multiply this recipe?

    • Sweet y Salado
      April 9, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      I'm not really sure how much of each ingredient you will need because everything would just be an approximate. The 9×2 inch round pan that I use has a capacity for about 8 cups of batter, so you will have to check to see how many cups your 13 inch round pan will hold. Based on that, you may need to double or even triple the ingredients.

  39. Anonymous
    April 22, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    Can any one let me know what is Arequipa I don't know what it is thank you

    • Sweet y Salado
      April 22, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      Hi Churchboy, "arequipe" is the name we use in Colombia for "dulce de leche", which is a type of caramel, and for this recipe is completely optional.

  40. Alva Söderlindh
    May 27, 2016 / 9:55 am

    I made this for grandmas birthday. Its soooo good it's literally the best cake we ever eaten.

  41. Gladys Araiza
    May 28, 2016 / 3:51 am

    I made this for my mom's birthday two weeks ago, everybody loved it!!! I was not a big fun of tree leches until I made this. Thank you so much for your recipe and for making the video so easy to follow and explaining everything step by step! After 4 times trying I finally found a recipe that actually works and it's just delicious!!!

  42. Anonymous
    October 25, 2016 / 2:41 am

    Will the cake work if I use two eggs instead of four? Thanks!

    • Sweet y Salado
      October 25, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      I have always made this cake using 4 egg whites and 4 egg yolks since it's a sponge cake. I would highly recommend using all four so you can end up with a fluffy, airy cake.

  43. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 / 11:42 pm

    I made this cake a few weeks ago, and I absolutely LOVED it!! I plan to make it again in a few days, but I want to try making it eggless, so that my parents, who are vegan, can also eat this delicious cake. Do you know what I may be able to use as an egg substitute for this cake recipe?Thanks so much!!!

    • Sweet y Salado
      November 14, 2016 / 5:11 pm

      Hi there! Unfortunately, I have never made it with an egg substitute, especially because you will need the volume of the egg whites and egg yolks to make it spongy. Since this is a simple, basic sponge cake, you should be able to find a vegan version online.

  44. Hector Mata
    January 25, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Hola grasias por tu receta mi pregunta es si quiero doblar los ingredientes para una torta mas grande cuanto tiempo lo dejaria en el horno?

    • Sweet y Salado
      January 26, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Hola Hector, todo depende del tamaño del molde que estés usando. Fíjate en la diferencia entre la medida del molde que tienes y el molde que usé en esta receta y ahí puedes deducir más o menos cuánto tiempo adicional necesitas. Si todavía sigues con la duda, puedes dejarlo en el horno por el mismo tiempo que indico en la receta e ir verificando cada cinco minutos hasta que ya esté listo.

  45. Unknown
    September 17, 2018 / 2:28 am

    Hi,You did not add butter or oil in the flour. In most of the videos for Tres Leche, they add butter/oil.I just want to make sure if oil/butter is needed or not.

    • Sweet y Salado
      September 17, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      Hi there! That is correct. I always make tres leches cakes with a sponge cake which is not made with any type of fat so that it can come out with the spongey texture. That lets the cake absorb and retain the tres leches mixture way better than a regular cake.

  46. Unknown
    November 1, 2018 / 2:58 am

    Hi there! Can I use cake flour instead of regular flour

    • Sweet y Salado
      November 1, 2018 / 4:29 pm

      Hello! You could but I wouldn't know what the exact measurement would be because both flours weight differently.

  47. karina
    March 8, 2019 / 12:32 pm

    Hello, I know this is an old post but I do have a question. The first time I made it I soaked the bottom and tried to soak the top layer however the top layer ended up being dry and the bottom layer was perfect in how soaked it was. Any advice?

    • sweetysalado
      March 12, 2019 / 11:48 am

      Hi karina, this recipe is not your typical tres leches cake where there is plenty of the tres leches mixture to soak every inch of the cake. And the reason for that is because I didn’t want it to pile up at the bottom which makes it very difficult to not only decorate but also to make it into a two layer cake. With this recipe you need to first make sure you use the same amount of ingredients I have listed so you don’t end up with two thick layers of cake. Make sure you poke it really well with the fork and pour the tres leches very slowly. You should have enough to cover both layers really well, top to bottom. The amount of tres leches mixture is plenty to give you a very moist cake but not too much so that it seeps out of the cake.

  48. Ana
    July 11, 2019 / 10:56 am

    I made this cake yesterday and it was amazing. But I want to try making it for a party on a 11×15 inch pan and still have the filling but I’m not sure how to adjust the ingredients. Do I just double everything? And how long would I leave it in the oven?

    • sweetysalado
      July 11, 2019 / 4:10 pm

      Hi Ana, I’m so glad to hear that you loved this recipe so much. It is a great one, I must say! I have actually made it in both, an 11 x 7 and 13 x 9 sheet (rectangular) baking pans without any issues. The only difference to this version is that you only get one layer cake, not two. If you want two layers, then you would have to double the ingredients and make two cakes. Also, the amount of tres leches is not enough to soak it well, but that’s easily fixed by adding a little bit more.

  49. B
    October 1, 2019 / 12:53 pm


    I’ve made this cake loads of times and it’s always a winner. With that being said, I was recently diagnosised with celiacs disease. I haven’t tried to make this cake with a gluten free substitute yet and I was wondering if you’ve happened to try it or if someone you know has and it’s came out good. This recipe is probably my favorite cake recipe and I just want to be able to eat it again.

    Btw thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • sweetysalado
      October 3, 2019 / 9:20 am

      And thank you for making it!!! I personally have not made it with a gluten free flour but let’s see if someone who has can chime in.

  50. Ramya
    October 28, 2019 / 5:39 pm


    I made your recipe multiple times before and it was a big success everytime. Thank you!!

    I have a question here. I plan to make this cake for a potluck this weekend for a group of 50 people. There are few other desserts as well.
    Do you think I will have tripe or quadruple the recipe. I have 12.5×3″ round pan. Do you think I can use that? Or would you suggest to make a single layer cake?
    Appreciate your response.

    • sweetysalado
      October 29, 2019 / 11:21 am

      Hello Ramya, you can cut a 9 inch round cake up to about 20-22 small servings. You could also make second cake using your 12 inch round pan and multiply the ingredients by 1.75, almost double and that cake can be cut into about 36-48 more pieces.

      • Ramya
        October 30, 2019 / 4:56 am

        Thank you very much for the quick response.

  51. Elizabeth
    September 20, 2020 / 1:50 pm

    Hi Diana,

    Love your block and your recipes! Thanks for sharing and for helping us sharing our Colombian flavors with friends and family.
    I am Colombian but usually cook with my husband who’s Spanish is not the best so I appreciate soooo much your English version!
    I tried the 3 leches cake for my mother in law’s birthday and it was nice but the top layer came little bit dry, I am not sure what I did wrong, was going to beg you to make a video of this recipe if you have the chance.
    My next try is going to be the Maria Luisa! yummy!

  52. Jessica
    October 26, 2020 / 12:49 pm

    I made this cake as a birthday cake for my mother and it was delicious!!! I received an insane amount of compliments and some even asked me if it was a bakery purchased cake, which for me was a major compliment. This is a great recipe, thank you so much for making this blog. As a Latina, it was important for me to make a good tres leches cake and now I check this off my list of Latina things to accomplish. 🙂

  53. Patty
    May 10, 2021 / 11:49 am

    Hello! I make this cake all time and my family loves it!
    I want to make it again but I wanted to have thicker cake layer. Would I have to double the cake recipe and milk recipe?

    • sweetysalado
      August 11, 2023 / 4:02 pm

      You could double the recipe and have two thicker cakes. You would also have to double the amount of tres leches.

  54. December 15, 2023 / 9:23 pm

    I’ve been making this cake for 4 years now it’s the best tres leches recipe ever family favorite

    • sweetysalado
      December 16, 2023 / 4:52 pm

      Thank you so much for making it Angie!!! ❤️

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