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Tres Leches de Mandarina (Tangerine Three Milks Cake)

Tres Leches de Mandarina (Tangerine Three Milks Cake)

Erica Dinho
5 from 12 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Colombian
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons tangerine zest
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can sweet condensed milk
  • ¾ cup tangerine juice
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease and lightly flour a baking dish.
  • To make the cake: In a bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.
  • In a small pot heat the milk and butter, remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat the eggs with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes. Add the sugar and continue mixing for 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to low. Add the flour mixture, butter mixture, tangerine zest, vanilla extract and mix for 1 more minute.
  • Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 40 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.
  • When the cake is cooling, make the milk sauce, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, tangerine juice and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour the 3 milks sauce over the cake until it is all absorbed. Refrigerate for a least 3 hours or overnight before frosting.
  • For the frosting, in a small pot mix the water and sugar, over medium high heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Beat the egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff peaks are formed. While beating the egg whites, add sugar syrup and continue beating for 5 more minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat 1 more minute. Spread the frosting over the cake and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Keyword Cake, Tres Leches
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