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Tres Leches Cake for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to break out the blender and make margaritas, whip up your famous homemade guac, and make a few different types of tacos (the more the merrier). When surrounded by delicious Mexican food it’s easy to get distracted and forget about dessert – but not this year.

Tres Leches Cake

Author: Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar


  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Spray a 13×9-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat on MEDIUM speed until they are combined. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until well blended.
  4. Add flour mixture. Beat until just combined. Spread in prepared dish.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Place on wire rack to cool.
  6. In a medium bowl, stir together 1/2 cup heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk.
  7. Using a wooden skewer, poke holes all over the cake. Pour milk mixture over cake and let stand 1 hour.
  8. In a small bowl, beat remaining 2 cups heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form.
  9. Spread whipped cream mixture evenly over cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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Of all the delicioso dishes on your Cinco de Mayo spread, make sure dessert takes the cake.

After indulging in plenty of savory treats, this tres leches cake is sure to be a sweet end to the night’s celebrations.

Tres leches translates to “three milks.” The cake gets it’s name from the three different kinds of milk – heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk – that it soaks in before it reaches the end of your fork.

We topped this indescribably moist (once you taste it you’ll understand) cake with whipped cream and some fresh strawberries. There’s no need to overcomplicate this simply beautiful cake.

When you’re treating yourself to your favorite Mexican dishes this Cinco de Mayo, think about skipping that fourth taco and saving some room for a slice of tres leches cake.

The Hamilton Beach® Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case boasts a Bowl Rest feature and a slower first speed that reduces messy splatter.

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  1. I Believe that the execution of this recipe needs a lot of work. In the end after you made the cake you forgot to get a side view of the slice, and it brings great anger to me and my family. PLEASE consider redoing this with a side view photo.

  2. Nolan, a side view picture has been added to the post so you can see that angle of the cake. Hope this helps!

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