Tres Leches Cake

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Tres Leches Cake

Tres leches cake, or “three milks” cake, is a light cake soaked in three different kinds of milk. Chef Sandy Giblisco, a research-focused culinary consultant, shared her recipe for this classic dessert with us! Using self rising flour makes it easy to achieve the perfect sponge cake texture for our tres leches cake. Of course, we top ours off with fresh Florida Strawberries!

Tres Leches Cake

You will need:

  • 1 9” X 13”baking pan
  • 1 medium-mixing bowl for egg whites
  • 1 large mixing bowl for egg yolks and other ingredients as follows
  • 1 medium-mixing bowl for combining 3 milks
  • 1 medium-mixing bowl chilled, for whipping cream
  • Rubber spatula
  • Oven pre-heated at 325°F


  • Unsalted butter at room temperature, to grease baking pan
  • 6 large eggs, separated (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 12 ounce can evaporated milk (chilled)
  • 1 quart Florida strawberries, washed, dried well, caps removed and thinly sliced, lengthwise
  • 1 ½ cups heavy (whipping) cream
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Mixing Directions:

  1. Assemble all ingredients.
  2. Butter baking pan and set aside.
  3. In a clean, cool mixing bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form.
  4. In another bowl, mix egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold beaten egg whites into egg yolks until combined.
  6. Gently fold flour into egg mixture until well combined.
  7. Note: Try not to over mix or cake will become tough.
  8. Spread cake batter in prepared pan.
  9. Bake until golden color and cake pulls away from sides of pan when touched.
  10. Cool cake 20 minutes.
  11. Combine sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole milk, and pour slowly and evenly over baked and cooled cake.
  12. Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or up to 1 day.
  13. Prepare whipped topping by whipping cream until soft peaks form and gradually adding confectioner’s sugar.
  14. Place sliced strawberries, in rows, over top of cake.
  15. Cut cake into squares and top with a generous amount of whipped topping or place whipped cream on the side.

Makes 15 servings.

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Tres Leches Cake


By | 2018-02-28T14:35:40-05:00 February 28th, 2018|Desserts, Featured Post, Recipes|786 Comments

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Sue Harrell, known affectionately as Strawberry Sue, is FSGA’s director of marketing, seasoned strawberry grower and the voice of the blog. We invite you to visit often. Sue will keep you informed and inspired. You’ll find helpful strawberry-related links, year-round news from the fields, special events and easy to prepare strawberry dishes.

I'm partial to this dessert. One reason is because I know the creator. But, trust me. It's fabulous. Even without the hazelnuts it's a winner.

If you weren't perceptive enough to freeze Florida strawberries when they were at the peak of their season, you'll know next time. Other berries are good, sure, but Florida's are the finest and most flavorful of all. In August the beds will be prepared in anticipation of a late fall harvest. Get ready. They are worth the wait.


I made this cake and was overwhelmed with how delicious it is. Not only that, it's simple to put together. If Florida strawberries are not in season, you may have to sweeten the cut berries with 1/4 sugar.