Torta de Tres Leches (Three Milks Cake) Recipe

Three Milks Cake

Photo Courtesy of My Colombian Recipes

This recipe courtesy of Erica Dinho at My Colombian Recipes.


For the Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 teaspoon salt

For the Three Milks Sauce

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 12 vanilla extract

For the Frosting

  • 1 egg whites
  • 12 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 14 cup water
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then grease and lightly flour a rectangular baking dish.
  2. Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl.
  3. In a small pot, heat the milk and butter until butter is melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer on high speed for two minutes. Add the sugar and continue mixing for five minutes. Reduce the speed to low, then add the flour mixture, butter mixture, and vanilla extract, and mix for one minute.
  5. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Remove cake from oven. Use a fork to poke holes all over the top of the cake, then set aside to cool for at least 15 minutes.
  7. To make the three milks sauce, whisk the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. When cake is done cooling, pour the three milks sauce over the cake until it is all absorbed.
  8. Refrigerate the cake for at least three hours (or overnight) before frosting.

For the Frosting

  1. To make the frosting, mix the water and sugar in a small pot over medium heat for five minutes, stirring constantly, then set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Add the sugar syrup and continue beating for five more minutes. Add vanilla extract, then beat for one more minute.
  3. Spread frosting, then refrigerate until serving.