James Carrier
Makes about 12 servings

Also known as tres leches cake, this sweet, moist Mexican sheet cake contains whole milk, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large bowl, with a mixer on high speed (use whip attachment if available), beat eggs and sugar until thick and pale yellow, 5 to 6 minutes. In a small bowl, mix flour and baking powder. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add flour mixture in small increments and beat until smooth. Scrape batter into a buttered 9- by 13-inch baking pan.

Step 2

Bake in a 325° regular or convection oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a blender, whirl condensed milk, evaporated milk, regular milk, Kahlua, and vanilla until well blended. Pour evenly over hot cake; let cool about 15 minutes, then cover and chill until cake has absorbed all the milk mixture, at least 3 hours, or up to 1 day.

Step 4

Cut cake into squares or rectangles, lift out with a wide spatula, and set on plates. Top each piece of cake with a spoonful of whipped cream and garnish with strawberries.

Ratings & Reviews

nclbernhardt's Review

November 22, 2009
Excellent. Try it with cinnamon on top instead of the strawberries. Love it!

May 08, 2015
This is one of the dumbest ratings I've ever read.  You screwed up so you give it 1 star??  Just wow.

soldenburg95's Review

April 28, 2011
Is the Kahlua a main ingredient in this? does it need to be in there?

stocktina88's Review

July 06, 2010
i have been trying 2 make these cakes for my mexican husband for 6 years and they never turn out right but this recipe was perfect! I couldnt be happier. today was his 25th birthday and he said it tasted just like when he was a kid in mexico!

Princess222's Review

May 25, 2010
This is a good recipe, but not great. For my taste the cake was too wet. I've had Tres Leches cake many times at restaurants and I've never had so much milk juice on the bottom of the plate. The final presentation was unimpressive and the taste was okay, but not worth five stars. The second day became to mushy. I'll keep looking for a Tres Leches cake recipe.

tplc18's Review

September 02, 2009
I used to eat this when I was a kid and, when I tried this recipe it reminded me of when I was little!

VAlady's Review

August 12, 2009
This is not a review but the recipe sounds wonderful and would love to know of a substitution for the kahlua/coffee as i don't care for that taste. Any ideas?

DScheele's Review

May 04, 2009
Excellent - I used half and half instead of milk. Everyone loved it- will definitely make it again!

polanca's Review

June 18, 2010
Made this cake twice already.The first time I made it came out GREAT!Second time came out HORRIBLE!I forgot to add SUGAR!I couldn't believe it!Took me a while to find out what made it come out to be so hard.It was as hard as anything.I thought it needed more time.Added extra milk to see if it will get soft.....NOTHING!The second day it was still hard so I had to Discard the cake.Before discarding it,I needed to add water because it was sticking to the pan.Didn't know SUGAR was the main ingredient.It was a birthday cake.DISAPPOINTING BIRTHDAY CAKE!