Tres Leches Cake Recipe – Ultra Light Cake with Caramel

Moist, sweet, milky, caramel – these are all attributes of “tres leches” cake. This is an ultra light cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture and topped with caramel.

Tres Leches Cake – Recipe

The way of preparations – easy

Prep time

  • Prep time – 40 minutes
  • Cooking time – 35 minutes
  • Passive time – 4 hours

Yields – 12 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 eggs , separated
  • 1 cup granulated sugar , divided
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup whole milk


  • 1 cup caramel syrup

Instructions on how to make Tres Leches Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Lightly spray a 9×13” pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Separate the eggs into two separate bowls.
  • Add 3/4 cup sugar to the bowl with the egg yolks and mix on high speed until yolks are pale yellow. Add the 1/3 cup milk and vanilla and stir to combine.
  • Pour the egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir gently just until combined.
  • Use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites on high speed. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar as you mix and continue beating until stiff peaks.
  • Fold egg whites into the batter gently, just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 25 to 35 minutes in well-heated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow cake to cool completely.
  • Combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk in a small bowl. Once the cake has cooled use a fork to poke holes all over the top of the cake.
  • Slowly pour the milk mixture over the the top of the cake, making sure to pour near the edges and all around.
  • Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour or overnight, to allow it to soak up the milk.
  • Spread the caramel syrup over the cooled cake.
  • Serve and enjoy.