Coconut Tres Leches Cake Coconut Tres Leches Cake

Image: Maya Visnyei | Food styling: Claire Stubbs | Prop styling: Catherine Doherty

Though the origin of this cake is debatable, its melt-in-your-mouth rich, yet light texture is not. The secret lies in an airy sponge and a combination of three kinds of "milk".

  • Prep time 40 minutes
  • Total time 3 hours
  • Portion size 15 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine


Tres Leches Sauce:


Cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Mist 13- x 9-inch cake pan with cooking spray; line bottom with parchment paper. 

In bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium-high; gradually beat in sugar until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg yolks, 1 at a time; beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to medium-low; stir in flour mixture, alternating with coconut milk, making 3 additions of flour mixture and 2 of coconut milk.

Scrape into prepared pan. Bake until golden and cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 28 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Run paring knife along edges of cake to release from pan; invert onto rack. Peel off parchment paper; invert again. Let cool completely, about 45 minutes.

Tres Leches Sauce: In saucepan, heat evaporated milk, condensed milk, coconut milk and rum (if using) over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot, about 6 minutes.

Return cake to same pan; prick all over with toothpick or skewer. Gradually pour milk mixture over cake. Let cool completely, about 25 minutes.

Topping: In large bowl, beat cream with sugar until stiff peaks form, 3 to 4 minutes. Spread onto cake; cover loosely with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Sprinkle with coconut chips (if using). Cut into squares. Top with cherries before serving (if using).

Nutritional facts PER SERVING: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 225 mg
  • Sugars 38 g
  • Protein 9 g
  • Calories 406
  • Total fat 21 g
  • Potassium 288 mg
  • Cholesterol 124 mg
  • Saturated fat 14 g
  • Total carbohydrate 49 g


  • Iron 14
  • Folate 17
  • Calcium 18
  • Vitamin A 16
  • Vitamin C 5
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