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Alma's Tres Leches Recipe

Because her zucchini bread recipe looked so delicious, we asked Grommet friend Alma Soto, if she had any other famous recipes she would be willing to share with us -- and she did! Here's Alma's Tres Leches recipe (one of my favorite desserts, so I'm definitely going to have to try this one for myself).

by Alma Soto

I have always loved cold/moist desserts and tres leches in particular has been one of those desserts I find sinfully delicious. Growing up in the Mexican culture with parents from there, and having had many a Mexican pastry, something I always noticed, was the bread typically used for a tres leches is quite a thick and heavy pound cake which tends to be on the dry side. It can absorb all the milks put into it, but can be too heavy. I'd searched for recipes for some time and just gave up. What was an accident of frustration and surrender turned out to be a recipe friends, family and strangers to this day beg me to make because they can't get enough of it! It goes fast too!

Tres Leche Recipe

Mama Soto's Tres Leches
•1 box of store bought basic yellow cake mix (nothing special, the cheapest brand will do)
•1 can of condensed milk (14oz)
•1 can evaporated milk (12oz)
•Heavy whipping cream (32oz carton)

•Whipped cream (taken from 32oz carton)
•Strawberries, mandarin oranges, kiwi, and pineapple slices
•Crushed pecans
Bake cake mix as per box instructions. Mix can of condensed milk, evaporated milk and 1cup of heavy whipping cream and put aside. When cake is done, while still hot, make round holes throughout cake top using a wooden spoon handle, and pour milk mixture throughout holes.* Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight. Make fresh whipped topping with remainder of whipping cream- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, and 1-2 drops of vanilla (literally drops, I fill the vanilla cap). Frost the cake with the whipped topping and decorate with strawberries, mandarin oranges, kiwi and pineapple slices. Sprinkle crushed pecans. Keep refrigerated.

NOTE* Keep in mind that you do not have to use ALL the milk mixture. You can choose to use less or more if it proves to be too wet or dry for you. For a less sweeter taste you can also cut the condensed milk back in 2oz increments.

Have you ever made tres leche? What is your all-time favorite dessert?


  • Carol Says:

    This looks awesome Alma!!!! I will be trying this for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  • Alma Says:

    Yay! That's awesome. My family devours this every time & friends/family & first timers go bananas after the first bite :) Enjoy!!!

  • ellen Says:

    This is an improvement over the recipe I usually use - I make a "scratch" cake for it that is like a pound cake but with a kind of dry crumb. I'd make this one more often because it's easier. I'll me trying this out on my work friends here on Cape Cod; anything authentically Mexican is a surprise to them. I moved here from Oklahoma this year and I miss my Mexican bakery :-) My favorite desert is a similar dish: Tiramisu!

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