Three Milk Cake - Pastel Tres Leches

Level: Challenging
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Cooling Time: 30 min
Yields: 12 servings


Savor this creamy Three Milk Cake - Pastel Tres Leches that will melt in your mouth. Three types of milk make this traditional cake of Latin origin an excellent way to impress your guests!


  • CAKE
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 can (7.6 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ Media Crema, or 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


oven to 375° F. Grease and flour 9-inch springform pan.

BEAT egg whites and 1/4 cup sugar in large mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Combine egg yolks and remaining sugar in medium bowl; beat until light yellow in color. Fold egg white mixture and flour alternately into egg yolk mixture. Pour into prepared pan.

BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until just golden and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven to wire rack.

sweetened condensed milk, media crema, evaporated milk, brandy and vanilla extract in medium bowl; stir well. Prick top of cake thoroughly with wooden pick. Pour 2 cups cream over cake. Spoon excess cream from side of pan over top of cake. Let stand for 30 minutes or until cake absorbs cream. Remove side of pan.

cream, sugar and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Spread over top and sides of cake. Serve immediately with remaining cream.

3 milk cake is 3 times yummy!

by c. ca , Indianapolis, IN on Jan. 2011

It says intermediate but read the recipe carefully before starting. Get your ingredients measured out, etc. Then it is not difficult.

Fresh for the stomach.

by j. justin , Salem, OR on Dec. 2010

Nothing else like it!


by J. Jessica , Amarillo, TX on May. 2010

This is a real tres leches cake. The texture was perfect. I would recommend a tsp. of vanilla to the cake mix to round out the flavor. Don't forget to add fresh fruit to yours, to make it more delicious and pretty. Sliced stawberries, kiwis and peaches or cantaloupe if you don't like peaches, and honeydew melon. Definately will make again!

Fun for Spanish class.

by I. Isabel , on Apr. 2010

This looks like fun to make for Cinco de Mayo class party, instead of the usaul chips and salsa!

Don't look at the photo,not quite the same, but very good.

by C. Cindy , , on Mar. 2010

This is a delicious recipe, but as I saw what someone else wrote, it is a "wet" cake. I made it for a Cinco de Mayo school activity one year and the teachers (and students) asked me to make it the next year. It is one of our family's favorites! If you want the cake less "wet", don't add the liquid over the cake; let each person put their cake in a bowl or deep plate, and pour the liquid first and sit the cake on top. It keeps it from getting soggy, which some people don't like. But, for me, that is what Tres Leches is...a milk cake!


by F. Francesca , PLATTSBURGH, NY on Feb. 2010

I am a Spanish teacher and served this cake at a teacher luncheon. It was a huge hit! Gracias!

Good...but wet

by S. Sandie , CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH on Feb. 2010

good, but a little soggy for my taste. did not have brandy so I used rum. I added more sugar to sweeten the topping as it didn't taste great.

Eggs & Milk

by C. Christina , Fort Wayne, IN on Nov. 2009

I guess you have to like eggs and milk ALOT to really appreciate Tres Leches Cake. This was really easy to make but it really is a wet eggy milky cake. If I do make again, I will use Amaretto, though.

Pretty Easy to Make

by L. Laura , Bolingbrook, IL on Oct. 2009

This was pretty easy to make and tasted great. Will make two at a time from now on so I have plenty to serve.

Delicious 3 milk cake

by V. Virginia , Feeding Hills, MA on Oct. 2009

What a delicious cake. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, and was pleasantly surprised. Everyone at the party loved it.