Festive Tres Leches Cake

Festive Tres Leches Cake

A beautiful finish to any festive Cinco de Mayo celebration.  Tres leches means three milk – so this translate to “Three Milk Cake.”   This actually blends the idea of a three-milk cake from Latin American tradition with a rum cake from Puerto Rican tradition.



¼ cup plus 1 TBS extra virgin coconut oil
¼ cup plus 1 TBS unsalted butter
1 ⅞ cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 ¾ cup all purpose flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp Kosher or sea salt
1¼ cup whole milk
1½ tsp pure vanilla extract


1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
⅓ cup rum (or 1 TBS rum extract plus enough water to equal ⅓ cup)


1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 TBS rum or 1 tsp rum extract
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup chopped pecans


Measuring cups/spoons
mixing bowl for cake
chilled mixing bowl for topping
rubber spatula
13″x9″ cake pan
sharp knife and cutting board for pecans


Preheat oven to 350° degrees F (120° degrees C).

Grease and flour cake pan.


Cream together coconut oil, butter, and sugar until fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat until thoroughly combined.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Mix together the milk and vanilla for the cake.

Add about one-third of the flour mixture to the sugar mixture.  Mix until combined.  Add about one-third of the milk and vanilla mixture.  Mix until combined.  Repeat until you have added all of the flour and the milk.

Pour into the greased and floured pan.

Bake about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove from oven.

Using a fork, poke holes in the cake.

Mix together all of the three-milk items : rum, milk, heavy cream, and sweetened condensed milk:

Slowly pour over the cake.

Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

For the topping, in a chilled bowl, mix together the whipping cream, rum, and vanilla.

Beat on high until the cream thickens and forms stiff peaks.

Spread on top of cake.

Top with chopped pecans.


12 generous slices


15-20 less than generous slices

Low in sodium NUTRITION FACTS:

Keep refrigerated.

Please note that the alcohol is not cooked out of this recipe.

I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe. Did you make it? Did you enjoy it? Did you make any adjustments to it?


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