Chef Patty’s Tres Leches Recipe

tres leches cakeIf you are looking for the perfect Spring dessert, look no further than Chef Patty Francis’s Tres Leches recipe! This recipe is full of flavor and personality!

Tres Leches


6 large eggs

1.5 C sugar

2 C all-purpose flour

1 TBSP baking powder

1/2 C whole milk

1 TBSP vanilla extract

For the milk Mixture

1 can evaporated milk (12oz)

1 can condensed milk (14oz)

12 oz whole milk

1 tsp vanilla

For the Meringue garnish

4 oz egg whites

1 C sugar

1/2 C water

maraschino cherries (optional)


1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

2. Separate egg whites from egg yolks on separate bowls (you will use them both).

3. Place egg whites with 1/2 cup of sugar in electric mixer and beat on high speed until you reach soft peaks for the meringue. Place aside.

4. In a clean bowl, beat egg yolks and remaining sugar (1C) with electric mixer on medium speed (4) until the mixture turns light yellow and ribbons fold on itself.

5. Using a strainer, mix together dry ingredients, flour, and baking powder. Stir in dry mixture to the eggs, alternating with the milk. Starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Add vanilla extract and do not over mix.

6. Using a spatula, fold in the egg whites in 3 separate batches until the batter is uniform.

7. In a non-greased 9×11 pan, pour the batter and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

8. Once baked, poke holes in the cake with a skewer, knife or wooden spoon. Slowly pour the entire milk mixture over the cake. Cover with saran wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.

9. Take the cake out of the refrigerator and frost with the meringue. You may garnish with maraschino cherries on top. Keep dessert refrigerated until ready to enjoy!

Milk Mixture Directions:

1. Pour all ingredients in a blender and mix well.

2. Place in sauce pan and warm the milk mixture on low until it is warm to the touch.

Meringue Directions:

1. Place water and sugar in a sauce pan and boil until it reaches 236°F (soft ball stage).

2. Using an electric mixer, whisk egg whites on high until soft peaks form.

3. Add sugar syrup slowly until all is poured in and continue whisking until the bowl is cool to the touch (this will take a few minutes)

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