If you haven’t tried a tres leches cake, you haven’t lived. This Chocolate Tres Leches Cake has the most amazing flavor ever! Made with three milks, this cake is a crowd pleaser. Served at birthday parties and major holidays, this is cake is sure to become a tradition.
There is something about the taste of a Chocolate Tres Leches Cake. I normally have vanilla, and sometimes even coconut, but I knew I needed to try a chocolate version. The really cool thing about leche cakes is they are soooooo moist and yummy. There isn’t another cake out there quite like this!
Also, known as pastel de tres leches in Spanish, a tres leche cake is a sponge type cake. Most people know this as a butter cake. It’s soaked in three types of dairy or milk.
These types of cakes were seen in Mexico in the 19th century. You could also see these types of recipes on condensed milk cans in the 40s. Tres leches cakes are nothing new, but they sure are delicious. I personally love that there is so much history and culture behind this cake. However, anyone from any walk of life can enjoy it.
You will want to refrigerate the bowl of a stand mixer for 10 minutes to get it cold. The colder, the better!
In another bowl, you will want to sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder together (my favorite part). Then, you will beat the cold heavy cream in the cold stand mixer bowl. You will use the whisk attachment for one minute.
Because you’re making chocolate whipped cream, don’t forget the cocoa mixture. Put half of the cocoa/sugar mixture in the bowl and beat until it’s fluffy. You’ll then want to add the remaining part. Continue to beat until soft peaks form and the mixture is spreadable. It should be fluffy and light.
I think you will love the chocolate spin on this whipped cream. Sure, white whipped cream seems to be a favorite, but that’s because they haven’t tasted this amazing concoction.
You can serve this cake ANYTIME or anywhere. I, however, prefer to serve this cake at birthday parties. I love having this cake at my personal birthday party. You may find that your family enjoys it too.
It’s also perfect for Cinco de Mayo!
Another reason I love this cake is because you can make it a few days in advance. In fact, the longer it sits, the better! As the milk sits in the fridge overnight, it will soak up some of that yummy milk that was poured on top.
As you store the cake, keep this in mind. You can add the whipped cream at that time, or you can add it to the cake, right before you serve it. I think it’s delicious either way! I prefer to have fresh whipped cream on mine, but you can serve it how you like it.
When we make a cake, so much time and effort goes into it. I like knowing that the cake is going to last a while. With this Chocolate Tres Leches Cake, it can last up to 4-5 days in the fridge, which is GREAT.
I personally would recommend that you consume it within 48 hours. You could always try freezing the leftover cake to see if that helps you enjoy it longer. This tip will especially work for those who don’t have a lot of people in their family. Around here, this cake is gone within the first 24 hours.
Something interesting that you may be thinking about, as you decide to make this cake or not is, can you freeze it? You can freeze this cake up to three months in the freezer, which is nice.
Once you freeze it, you’ll want to pull it out and THEN top it with the whipped cream. Making whipped cream is actually really easy.
Personally, tres leches cake is best served with a warm cup of black coffee. Since this cake is served cold, I like sipping on the coffee, while enjoying the sweetness of the cake.
Of course, you can also drink anything you’d like. Hot cocoa? A cold glass of milk? Whatever you choose!
If you add the cocoa powder with the condensed milk before you add the other milks, the powder will completely dissolve.
I looooove makin a chocolate tres leches! The only real differences in mine is that first, I use dark chocolate cocoa powder, I do my eggs seperated (whip my whites with half the sugar/cocoa mixture and fold them in last for big beautiful air pockets fer the milk to sit in without weighin the cake down) and a dash of cinnamon and fer the drunken version, I add (purple label) Cafe XO Patron (you can use Kahlua if you have it but the Cafe tastes just like it and is double the proofage!) I sub out part of the coffee… Read more »
Excellent recipe. Outstanding cake. The whipped topping was so simple and insanely delicious
Thanks for sharing, looks delish. I am considering making this in cupcakes. I know the baking time would be different. Any suggestions?
Being a non-coffee drinker, what could be substituted?
Easy and amazing! Loved it!
Really rich and moist. Will need a glass of milk but worth every bite. Added to my favorite recipes. Definitely for a chocolate lover but, like every tres leches cake eat it asap after making if you don’t like your cake too mushy.
Deliciously decadent. Made it for my mother-in-law, who loves everything chocolate, for Mothers day. She loved it as well as others in the family. Definitely recommend this cake if you are a chocolate lover
Good recipe. WAY too much baking powder/soda, however. My cake sank very heavily in the middle and I can almost guarantee it was because of the volume of baking powder/soda. Typically one should only use 1 tsp baking powder per cup of flour, and 1/4 tsp baking soda per cup of flour. This recipe only had about 2 cups worth of flour and therefore should have only used about 1 tsp total of baking powder, not 1 plus 2 top baking soda. Live and learn. Of course I modded it, I used about half the called for cocoa powder, and… Read more »
I want to make this cake for the June birthdays in our family since we have three, me, my dad, and my brother. But we don’t drink coffee and we don’t drink tea. I don’t want to buy it because then it would just be a waste of money can I use something else besides coffee?
This cake was amazingly delicious. I made it for my birthday. The frosting was so good, reminds me of tiramisu. Incredible. However one minor tweak, I think next time I will be adding just a little more milk mixture as it wasn’t as “wet” as I prefer. Still hands down the best recipe I’ve made. Yum yum.
Which other substitute is there for half and half milk?
This was a really delicious cake! I did have one problem though: the cake was still in the mushy in the center at 35 minutes so I left it in another 10 minutes. It finally cooked in the middle, but the center fell slightly. I followed the recipe to the letter, so I don’t know why this happened. I loved how the cake absorbed all the milks! Other tres leches recipes I have made just couldn’t hold all that fluid.
Loved this recipe!!! I made it for a friend’s birthday and it was a HIT! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us!
Is it possible to make this exact cake minus the cocoa powder? Would it produce a good Vanilla Tres Leches?
Is the baking tray in inches or cm?
I dont have a stand mixer can I just use a hand mixer?
I made this cake for Easter, it was delicious!!! I drizzled warm caramel syrup over it instead of whip cream. The best cake ever!!!
What is the half and half for the milk filling?
How would this be with a peanut butter frosting?K.
Hi, what’s the alternative to half and half in UK. Would that be whole milk?