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Tres Leches Cake

Yield 16 servings
Pierce the cake with a fork to help the syrup soak in before you cover the cake with meringue. The name of the cake refers to the three types of milk used in the recipe.


  • Cake:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Milk Sauce:
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons light rum
  • Meringue:
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh grated whole nutmeg (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 277
  • caloriesfromfat 7 %
  • fat 2.1 g
  • satfat 0.6 g
  • monofat 0.8 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 9 g
  • carbohydrate 54.5 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 84 mg
  • iron 1.3 mg
  • sodium 228 mg
  • calcium 200 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.

  2. To prepare cake, coat a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon flour. Set aside.

  3. Place egg yolks, 2/3 cup sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until mixture is thick and pale, about 2 minutes.

  4. Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir well with a whisk. Add flour mixture and 1/2 cup fat-free milk alternately to egg yolk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

  5. Beat 6 egg whites in a large bowl with a mixer at high speed until foamy using clean, dry beaters. Add 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form (about 2 minutes). Gently fold egg white mixture into flour mixture. Spoon batter into prepared baking pan. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Turn cake out onto a platter with sides. Pierce entire top of cake with a fork.

  6. To prepare sauce, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, 1/2 cup fat-free milk, and rum; stir with a whisk. Slowly pour milk mixture evenly over cake. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

  7. To prepare meringue, beat 4 egg whites, cream of tartar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a large bowl with a mixer at high speed until foamy using clean, dry beaters. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until candy thermometer registers 250°. Pour hot sugar syrup in a thin stream over egg whites, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form (about 3 minutes). Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread meringue evenly over top and sides of cake. Garnish with nutmeg, if desired.