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!