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How to Bake Pastel de Tres Leches: Three Milk Cake

My good friend, Melania McCarley, from Dallas, Texas has made us this delicious treat a few times when we’ve visited her home.

Milk - statesymbolsusa.orgShe is Costa Rican and creates really tantalizing tidbits like chimichurri, also known as pico de gallo (be sure to click that link for her original recipe). However, she really outdoes herself when it comes to dessert.

Melania gave me her recipe for Tres Leches, but I couldn’t find where I put it when I wanted to make it for my mother last night. So, I went by memory and winged it and it was super duper phenomenal!

Here’s my recipe: It tasted like Melania’s, so I must have been pretty close!

Type: Dessert
Serve With: After-dinner tea or coffee
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Yield: 9″ x 13″ cake

1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
5 large Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 cups Whole Milk
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 can Evaporated Milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9″ x 13″ baking pan.

2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

3. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat well.

4. Sift flour and baking powder. Then, add it to butter mixture a few tbsp at a time and beat together until all flour mixture is added.

5. Pour into greased 9″ x 13″ baking pan and bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes – I prefer using a glass baking pan.

6. Take out of oven after 30 minutes or when golden brown and allow to cool.

7. Once cool, prick holes all over the cake with a fork to make places for the 3 milk sauce to soak in. The more holes the better.

8. In a bowl or large measuring cup, mix whole milk (or 1 cup cream + 1 cup skim or 1% milk) with cans of sweetened condensed milk and evaportated milk.

9. Pour entire contents on top of cake in the baking pan. Don’t worry, it will look like a lot of sauce, but the cake will absorb almost all of it.

10. Serve for dessert with tea or coffee or for a snack! Be careful – it’s very filling, but you’ll be wanting more!

* Tip: It’s optional to top it with homemade whipped cream and maraschino cherries.


I hope you enjoyed this Cake Recipe on Cooking With Kimberly! Until next time…

Eat Deliciously,

Kimberly Edwards 🙂

P.S. Don’t have a 9″ x 13″ baking pan? No problem! I recommend Pyrex brand anyday:

Pyrex 1078589 Advantage Dish with Cover - 9 x 13-inch Pyrex 1078589 Advantage Dish with Cover – 9 x 13-inch

PYREX glassware products can go directly from refrigerator or freezer to a microwave, convection, or preheated conventional oven. A small amount of liquid should be added to the ovenware vessel prior to baking foods that release liquids while cooking. : PYREX glassware is non-porous glass, so it won’t absorb food flavors, odors, or stains. : PYREX glassware is non-reactive, so acid-based recipes, including tomato-based sauces, lemon-infused dishes and vinegar-based poultry sauces can be prepped and baked without affecting the result of the recipe. : Made in America, PYREX glass products are microwave and dishwasher safe.

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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