Tres Leches Chocolate Cake

by Erica Dinho on December 22, 2010

Chocolate tres leches cake

Knock, knock, knock… anybody home? No? You’re probably brining turkeys or baking hams, mashing sweet potatoes or baking pies or are at the mall finishing your holiday shopping. So, while most of you are working on your holiday meals and gifts, I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all of you and your families!

I want to share this Tres Leches Chocolate Cake that I made for my husband’s birthday a month ago. He had been asking for this Tres Leches Chocolate Cake variation for a while, but I never made or even heard about it before. So, I created it for his birthday and it was a great idea. The result was a moist, rich and absolutely fantastic chocolate cake! I didn’t add any frosting to mine because it was perfect as it was, but if you want to use frosting you can. To me, the cake didn’t need anything else.

Buen provecho!

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  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 tablespoons butter, soft
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Tres Leches Sauce:

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Grease and lightly flour a baking dish.
  3. To make the cake: In a bowl whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, cocoa and baking powder.
  4. In a large bowl beat the eggs with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes .Reduce the speed to low. Add the flour mixture, butter, water and vanilla extract and mix for 2 more minutes.
  5. Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean. Remove cake from the oven and with a fork make holes all over the top of the cake. Set aside to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. When the cake is cooling, make the milk sauce, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.
  7. Pour the 3 milks sauce over the cake until it is all absorbed. Refrigerate for a least 3 hours or overnight.
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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best December 22, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Tres Leches is such a wonderful and decadent dessert! Yours looks luxurious!


2 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best December 22, 2010 at 1:43 PM

I forgot to mention – Happy holidays!


3 sanyukta gour December 22, 2010 at 2:47 PM

wow…delicious n yummy


4 France Morissette December 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Oh my word….I have a recipe for tres leche cake in a whitewater cookbook and I’ve always wanted to give it a try. Your version seems much more simple and I think I could just climb through the screen of my laptop to EAT THAT CAKE. Yum. Thank you for sharing. I only make desserts when I’m going to a party so I don’t keep it in my house:) That’s how I manage my calories. hehe! Party here I come! Just in time for the holidays.


5 Velva December 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM

I drool over regular Tres Leche cake, I would be over the edge with chocolate Tres Leche-Oh my!!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.



6 Elizabeth December 22, 2010 at 5:43 PM

My colombian boyfriend is going to love me for making this! Thanks! Happy Holidays


7 Ben December 22, 2010 at 5:58 PM

I just had a chocolate tres leches cake here in Mexico the other day and it was so delicious! I hope you have a great holiday my friend.

Hugs from Mexico.


8 lisaiscooking December 22, 2010 at 6:05 PM

I’ve never had a chocolate tres leches, but it sounds fantastic! I have to try this.


9 Empar December 22, 2010 at 6:22 PM

¡Que rico, Erica!
Aprovecho para desearte que pases unas Felices Fiestas Navideñas y que el Año Nuevo venga repleto de muchos de los mejores deseos que tengas.
Un beso.


10 Joan Nova December 22, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Happy holidays to you and your family — and all the best in 2011.


11 Pilar December 22, 2010 at 6:44 PM

No se me habia ocurrido hacer el Tres Leches asi!! Que buena idea! Se ve delicioso! Erika, te deseo una Feliz Navidad y un 2011 lleno de bendiciones!
Merry Christmas to all of Erika’s readers as well…


12 Arlene December 22, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Never saw a chocolate version of Tres Leches cake. Mmm, it looks fantastic. Merry Christmas.


13 Juliana December 22, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Erica, I love tres leche cake, but have to admit that never had a chocolate one…looks delicious, full of flavor :-)


14 Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog December 22, 2010 at 10:12 PM

This is my kind of cake chocolaty and moisty for the milk!

Happy Holidays Erica! :)



15 Melanie December 23, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Happy Holidays to your Erica and your family. I love your recipes and blog. I always look forward to the next one! Felix Navidad!!!


16 oceanbeat December 23, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Delicious. I definitely have to try it.


17 gloria December 23, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Erica look absolutely delicious! Really! Have a lovely Christmas and happy Holidays!! huggs, gloria


18 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen December 23, 2010 at 5:25 PM

What a delicious looking cake! I am sure your hubby loved it! :) Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!


19 Jeannie December 23, 2010 at 7:45 PM

That looks good…I have always been curious about how a Tres Leches Cake taste, now I am curious about how a chocolate one taste like too! Merry Christmas to you and your family Erica:)


20 theUngourmet December 24, 2010 at 1:29 AM

Such a moist and yummy cake! Merry Christmas to you too! :)


21 grace December 24, 2010 at 3:18 PM

that’s what i’m talkin’ about! what an awesomely moist and succulent cake, erica!


22 Faith December 27, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I love tres leches cake but I’ve never had a chocolate one…it sounds amazing! I hope you and your hubby had a wonderful Christmas, Erica!


23 Reeni December 28, 2010 at 4:32 PM

I didn’t know there was such a thing as chocolate tres leches! How positively scrumptious! I have to add this to my baking list. Hope you had a great Christmas!


24 Oysterculture December 29, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Yum – we had tres leche cake when we were in Mexico- now I need to have it with chocolate – I think that’s guaranteed to put it over the edge


25 A Canadian Foodie December 30, 2010 at 12:17 AM

I cannot imagine that the cake would absorb the entire sauce – I believe you, but I cannot imagine it. And the moist cake must be decadent beyond compare! You have a very lucky husband, indeed. YUM!
Happy New Year to you!!!


26 Chef E December 31, 2010 at 9:39 PM

My husband also loves tres leches cake, so this would be for me! since I am a chocolate fanatic! Love this, so thanks for sharing, oh and…

Happy New Year to you and your family! Oh did I say that already? Well again!


27 Erica January 6, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Thank you everyone :)


28 Natalia June 17, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Hola Erica! me encanto tu receta! me encataria hacer este cake para el cumple #4 de mi hijito… pero tu crees que pueda decorarlo como quiero… de su muneco preferido?? o quedara demasiado dulce?? muchas gracias por compartir tus recetas!! Que Dios te bendiga!


29 Erica June 17, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Natalia- Debes tener cuidado, por que te puede quedar dulce.


30 Clara August 24, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Great recipe. My family loved it. Was easy to follow. Baking time was close to the suggested time.


31 Jackie November 21, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Hey Erica

I was wondering what size baking pan you used?



32 Ashley Dalton May 9, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I am making this for my spanish project. The cake looks delicious by just looking at the pictures. I hope it turns out great and gets me an “A”. (: Thanks much!


33 lisa g. September 17, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Hello, that cake looks delicious!
What size dish did you use?
Would an 8″ x 8″ pan be ok?


34 Erica September 17, 2012 at 7:21 AM



35 frank September 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I am helping my son make this for a school project….Can’t decide on an 8X8 pan, 9X13 or a bundt pan??
What have you used?


36 Erica September 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I used a 8-inch round cake pan.


37 Veronica December 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Stumbled upon the website recently and this is my first recipe….Simply amazing! Everyone must try it.


38 Erica December 30, 2012 at 8:31 AM



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