Monday, 18 February 2013

Pastel de Tres Leches with Dulce de Leche

Another Mexican favourite today and it is a dessert cake; Pastel de Tres Leches ( pronounced pahstayl de tray laychays ) means Cake in Three Milks.

When you come across some recipes you wonder if it is really worth the try. I mean, a sponge cake soaked in three milks; how appetizing could it be? It read good and looked good too. And the recipe is oh so simple! So finally, after years of putting off this recipe, I finally geared up to give it a go only because I am hosting this Mexican Cuisine event in my blog for Julie; and can any meal be complete without a dessert!

The cake is a butterless sponge cake soaked in a mixture of condensed milk, evapourated milk and full-cream milk, topped with whipped cream and refrigerated to serve cold with glaced cherries. And since we are not cream lovers I substituted it with Dulce de Leche ( meaning caramelized milk) which is not actually Mexican but a South American version of the Mexican Cajeta, which is prepared using goats milk and sugar. The glaced cherries were replaced with fresh berries.

The verdict: This is an ultra moist cake that holds on to the moisture with elegance, without sogging or falling apart and feels like you are in a dream for every bite you take! It is sinfully delicious!

Pastel de Tres Leches
Serves: 20
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 35 - 45 minutes
Recipe Source: The Pioneer Woman Cooks
  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 x-large eggs, yolks and white separated
  • 170g + 55g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 75 ml full cream milk
  • 1 x 395g can condensed milk
  • 1 x 375ml can evapourated milk
  • 100 ml full-cream milk
  • 1 qty dulce de leche (recipe below)
  • fresh fruits of your choice, mangoes, strawberries, raspberries, to serve
1. Pre-heat fan-forced oven to 170ÂșC. Spray with oil and line with baking paper a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. (I used a pyrex dish).
2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt and keep aside. Beat egg yolks with 170g caster sugar on high until yolks are pale yellow. Stir in milk and vanilla and keep aside.
3. In a different bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks forms. While beating, add 50g of sugar and beat until egg whites become stiff but not dry. 
4. Add sifted flour mixture into the yolk mixture and stir very gently until the batter is smooth. To this fold in beaten egg white mixture very gently until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 35 - 45 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Turn out cake and let it cool. 
5. Combine condensed milk, evapourated milk and full-cream milk. Set aside 1 cup of this milk mixture. When cake is cool, pierce the surface with a fork. Then slowly drizzle the milk mixture on all sides and the middle. Let the cake soak the milk in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Then slowly drizzle the remaining 1 cup milk mixture on all sides. 
6. In the meantime, prepare dulce de leche (recipe below). If it is too thick add some extra milk and stir it until smooth. Spread this as a thin layer over the cake. Decorate with fresh fruits. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Dulce de Leche

Serves: Topping for 1 Pastel de Tres Leches
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

  • 1 x 395g condensed milk
1. Pour condensed milk into a sauce pan. Place it over low heat (small flame in your stove top) and keep stirring continously for around 15 minutes until condensed milk is caramelised. Take care it doesn 't burn and stick to the bottom. It is essential to keep stirring continously.

Dulce de Leche is ready to serve.

Sending this to Julie's Mexican Cuisine event hosted by me.


  1. wow..mouthwatering dessert dear,New one to me..indeed a must try too!!
    Btw,what a great coincidence I too just posted a mexican recipe ;)

  2. Its my favorite cake. I don't even bother to make it home so when I go for grocery just grab a slice from deli. Congrats for making it at home. Kudos to u.

  3. i've been wanting to try tres leche for quite some time... urs looks really lovely... i normally make DDL by pressure cooker, it is so very easy... here is the link... i bet u'l not use any other method any more!!! :)

    1. Thank you so much for the tip Rafeeda. Will try thismethod next time..

  4. looks very yummy and awesome clicks too.

  5. really tempting one...beautiful clicks ..

  6. want to grab the cake...lovely clicks....

  7. Lovely cake....tempting me to make one....

  8. very innovative recipe dear..pass d plates ma.

  9. The texture of the cake looks so delicate and spongy, looks like it will melt in the mouth.

  10. looks fab. I have reposted again in the events page. Couldn't find julie's linky page.

  11. What a lovely, gorgeous cake! I must give this a try, guess what..I never made dulce le leche before, but I have made salted they taste the same? Definitely bookmarking this, thanks:-)

    1. Dulce de leche is just sweet. I would prefer the taste of salted caramel to dulce de leche... But sweet lovers can easily indulge in this...

  12. The cake sounds - and looks - so so good :) Wish I could have some of them :)

  13. Really sinfully delicious, heavenly cake! You always made my mouth water with such yummy recipes!

  14. wow..thats was lovely n perfect dessert..shud try soon!

  15. looks divine n it..

  16. this would melt in mouth with its divine this recipe..

  17. Wow....u r rocking dear....lovely desert.....

  18. Wow u r rocking dear....desert looks absolutely delicious... :-)

  19. I love this heavenly dessert.. very inviting...

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  21. wow...that looks so so yummy & pretty!!!