Tres Leches Chocolate Cake

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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  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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.


  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    ¡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.

  5. Pilar says

    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…

  6. Jeannie says

    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:)

  7. says

    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!

  8. says

    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!!!

  9. says

    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!

  10. Natalia says

    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!

  11. Ashley Dalton says

    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!

  12. frank says

    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?

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