2-Layer Tres Leches Cake

2-Layer Tres Leches Cake


So, you’ve been tasked with baking a cake. Think beyond the usual suspects – angel food, carrot cake, even red velvet – and opt for something totally original, like this two-layer tres leches cake. This traditional Mexican dessert is topped with whipped cream and drizzled with a mixture of evaporated, condensed, and coconut milk. It’s surprisingly easy, but it looks (and tastes) very impressive.

Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
8 servings

How to Make It

1. Step
Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl.
2. Step
In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer until light, fluffy, and nearly doubled in size, 6-8 minutes.
3. Step
Using a spatula, gently fold in the flour mixture until just combined (some streaks of flour are okay).
4. Step
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
5. Step
Combine the milk and vanilla extract in a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, then gently fold into the batter, mixing just to blend.
6. Step
Spray 2 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Divide the batter between the pans.
7. Step
Bake until the cakes are golden brown around the edges and spring back slightly when pressed in the center, about 20-25 minutes.
8. Step
While the cakes are baking, combine the evaporated milk, coconut milk and condensed milk in a liquid measuring cup or small bowl and whisk to blend.
9. Step
Once the cakes are done, immediately remove the cakes from the pans and invert them onto a wire rack or baking sheet. Cool for 2 minutes. Then, poke the cakes all over with a fork.
10. Step
Return the cakes to the pans. Drizzle the condensed milk mixture over the cakes, letting it soak in. Let sit for 15 minutes.
11. Step
In a medium bowl, whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar with an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
12. Step
Carefully transfer one of the cakes to a cake stand.
13. Step
Spread a layer of the whipped cream over the cake. Place the other cake on top and spread with the remaining whipped cream.
14. Step
Decorate with berries, if desired.
15. Step
Slice and serve.
16. Step


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