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Tres Leches Strawberry Cake

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 6


For the cake

  • 150 g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 90 g soft butter
  • 170 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the soak

  • ½ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ vaporized milk

For the topping

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 250 g strawberries
  • Mint leaves optional


  • Preheat your oven to 180° C / 350° F and grease a 20cm / 8“ round cake tin.
  • In a bowl mix the flour with the baking powder and the salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar with a mixer until it's light and fluffy.
  • Add one egg at a time and keep mixing until everything is incorporated.
  • Add the vanilla and the flour mixture and mix until everything comes together.
  • Fill evenly into the cake tin and bake on the middle rack for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean when you poke it into the middle of the cake.
  • Leave the cake to cool for 30-40 minutes out of the tin.
  • Mix the ingredients for the soak.
  • The soak is applied the easiest way, if you put the cake back into the tin and then pour the soak over the sponge. If your tin is a two piece number and therefore not really watertight, line your cake tin with several layers of plastic wrap before you start with the soaking process or else you'll be in a world of pain, when sticky milk soak seeps out the tin and probably into your fridge.
  • Refrigerate the soaked cake for at least 4 hours or even better over night.
  • Before serving prepare the topping.
  • For the topping mix the heavy cream with the sweetened condensed milk and whisk it until it's stiff. Spread evenly on the cake.
  • Decorate with the strawberries and mint leaves.


You could always use a larger cake tin for the same recipe and your cake would be a bit thinner, which is alright too. Just add around ¼ cup of heavy cream and 50g of strawberries to the topping, because you'll have a bigger surface to cover.