Tres Leches Cake

// Tres Leches Cake

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

4-5 mins

Free Time

to pack a picnic basket

The perfect make-ahead treat, this tres leches cake cooks quickly in the microwave so you can get it soaking in the fridge sooner! We like to use store-bought cake mix for a shortcut. Pair the rich milk-soaked vanilla cake with fresh fruit like strawberries, cherries, or pineapple for a festive treat.

Why use an Anyday? Anyday is the perfect dish for tres leches cake! Cook, soak, serve, and save this cake all in the same dish. No need to turn the oven on and heat up your whole house for a dessert ever again.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Shallow Dish

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The Medium Shallow Dish


  • ¾ cup batter from prepared white cake mix (Miss Jones preferred)
  • ½ cup (120ml) of evaporated milk
  • ½ cup (120ml) condensed milk
  • ½ cup (120ml) whole milk
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (120ml) heavy cream
  • ½ tablespoon powdered sugar
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Strawberries, for serving (optional)


  1. In a separate bowl, prepare the cake to the package directions. Grease an Anyday dish, and transfer the indicated amount of batter to the dish. Cook uncovered for 4-5 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  2. While the cake cooks, combine the evaporated, sweetened, condensed, whole milk, and salt until fully incorporated and set aside.
  3. Keeping the cake in the dish, poke holes in the surface of the cake with a toothpick or skewer. Slowly pour the milk mixture over the cake. Refrigerate overnight, or until the milk has been fully absorbed and the cake is cold.
  4. In a large bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer), combine cream, powdered sugar, and cinnamon. Whip on high for about 2-3 minutes, or until the cream is stiff and stands up on its own.
  5. Cover the cake completely and evenly with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, if desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Top with fresh berries, sliced pineapple, mango, or bananas.
  • Use eggnog instead of sweetened condensed milk for a holiday twist.
  • Use chocolate milk instead of the whole milk and add some cocoa powder to the whipped topping.
  • Replace some of the milk with spiced rum such as for a boozy dessert.

Recipe notes

  • This cake requires to use of half packaged white cake mixture. We recommend mixing the whole package, splitting the batter, and using the remaining batter for other preparation. This cake is so good, you’ll want to make a double batch!
  • Have leftover batter? Transfer batter to Anytime Trays! Freeze the batter for the next time you want to make this cake or cook a quick batch of cupcakes in the microwave.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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