Tres Leches Cupcakes | Recipe & Tutorial

Tress Leches is my all-time favorite Mexican desert. “Tres Leches” in English means “three milks”  and it’s basically a cake soaked in three different types of milk; whole milk, sweet condensed milk and evaporated milk.  I made these the other day and oh MY GOSH .. they are to die for! SO light and fresh! If you have any questions let me know.. this is my own recipe so enjoy!

For the Cupcakes you will need:

- Box of White Cake Mix
-1 tbs of ground Cinnamon
– 4 Egg Whites
-1/3cup of oil
– 1 & 1/4 cup of Water
-Foil Cup Liners
– toothpicks
– Cupcake pan




Tress Leches
-1 cup of whole milk
-1 cup of evaporated milk
-1 cup of sweet condensed milk





Dulce De Leche Whipped Topping
– 1 Half Pint of Heavy Whipping Cream
– 2 tablespoons of Cajeta (dulce de leche) Can be found on (Mexican/foreign isle)
– 1/3 cup of powdered sugar
– 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Garnish Ideas: Strawberry, Sprinkles, Berries,




Directions: Mix the cake mix, cinnamon along with the other ingredients (eggs,oil,water). Bake as directed in box on a cupcake pan w/foil cupcake liners. Let cupcakes to completely cool.

On a large bowl, add the three milks and stir until well mixed. Using a toothpick poke the cupcakes to make holes then carefully add the three milks w/a spoon.

Tip: Open the cupcake liners from the cupcake so the milk won’t slide over the cupcake when pouring the three milks. To completely soak the cupcakes; Use about five-six spoonfuls of three milks. and let them soak and refrigerate from 1hr or overnight.

To prepare topping:
Using a blender or whisk mix whipping cream for about 2 minutes on high-speed or until it double its size. Add sugar, vanilla and cajeta and mix well until it forms stiff peaks. Add topping on a piping bag and decorate cupcakes.

Makes about 12-24 cupcakes. Keep cupcakes refrigerated and sealed.

Hope you enjoy. These were my best cupcakes yet. My little family loved them so MUCH!!

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  • May 18, 2012 - 7:08 pm

    Jesseca - I love your pictures! Makes me want to make some for my after dessert dessert…. :0)
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    • May 19, 2012 - 5:26 pm

      Angie - hehe! Thanks!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2012 - 7:54 pm

    Jenn - These sound wonderful and that big swirl of frosting on top is calling my name!
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  • May 20, 2012 - 4:12 am

    Winnie - These cupcakes look and sound FABULOUS !!
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  • May 21, 2012 - 3:33 am

    Jade - Oh my gosh! They look devine. I will have to file this under must try.
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  • May 23, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    Cherished Handmade Treasures - I would love for you to come by and share this post on the Creative Corner Hop. The linky party starts on Monday and stays open all week.

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  • May 25, 2012 - 10:17 am

    sue - they sound amazing, must try!
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    • May 27, 2012 - 12:31 am

      Angie - Oh yes.. you must try! :) Thanks for stopping by!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 5:16 pm

    Maria - Mmmm these look delicious! That frosting looks heavenly!!!
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  • May 26, 2012 - 10:03 am

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  • May 27, 2012 - 7:04 am

    Dorothy - I’ve never made tres leches. I need to start! These look fab.
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  • May 27, 2012 - 12:21 pm

    Christine - OMG! These look incredible! I will be making these in the very near future! I would love for you to share this Wednesday at ‘What’s Cooking Wednesdays’ at http://www.firsthomelovelife.comReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2012 - 7:46 pm

    Angela - Wow, these look sooooo amazing! I’m thinking my husband would LOVE these. I will be trying them very very soon :)ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    The Sisters - Oh my goodness. We love tres leches, but we never thought to make it into cupcake form!!! Genius! We can’t wait to try them!! We appreciate you linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We love seeing all of the great recipes and fun ideas! Hope to see you again next week! -The SistersReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2012 - 7:44 am

    Taylor-Ann - YUMMY! Thanks for sharing the recipe. It would be awesome if you shared this with my readers at Show Off Mondays on Kampen Lane.

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  • June 9, 2012 - 3:39 pm

    Laura - I love, love, love Tres Leches cake. Will definitely have to give this a try!
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  • June 9, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    Kathy - This looks so yummy! I’m going to have to make these for Father’s Day!!ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2012 - 11:49 am

    Sandy VanHoey - I’ve never heard of these before but they sound so good. Thanks for the recipe. I need topass it on to my daughter, she bakes ALL the time and loves making cupcakes.ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    Marla - I am going to make these for a friends engagement party. Did you spray your cupcake tins with non-stick stray? I wasn’t sure since you add the milk?ReplyCancel

    • July 16, 2012 - 4:49 pm

      Angie - Hi Marla,
      No.. simply use tin foil cupcake liners. Can be found on Walmart on the baking grocery section.
      You don’t need to use non-stick spray.
      One they are baked, Just make sure to open up the cupcake liner when you are ready to pour the tres leches mix. ou

      let me know if you have any questions.


  • July 26, 2012 - 12:39 pm

    josefina sanchez - I’m making then 4 my daughters birthday party myself… y order the cake wen I kan make it mysef? I no they’ll turn out gr8!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2012 - 10:49 am

    Maysem - Oh wow these look delish!
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  • December 7, 2012 - 6:47 pm

    Nancy - One of my favorite desserts….in a cupcake! Yum!!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    Samantha - These cake ideas sound so yummy! I will have to make some!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    Yoma - Hi!!!! I tried your recipe for my 7 year wedding anniversary (My Hubby LOVES 3 leches! They came out amazing!! Except for the whip cream, my goodness what a troublesome procedure! hahaha I had a hard time making the whip cream until the hubby took over and he made it whip in no time! ( I had never made home made whip cream) Overall it was a success! Thank you so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • February 8, 2013 - 11:53 pm

    Catharine - Im gonna be making these tomorrow ! :) do i have to use tin foil cupcake holder ?ReplyCancel

  • March 17, 2013 - 5:23 am

    Erin - Dulce de leche was impossible to find in SE PA. Went to 5 major grocery stores and 2 Mexican grocery stores. Used carmel-type dip instead. They were tasty, but won’t make again without dulce de leche.ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2013 - 8:10 am

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  • May 1, 2013 - 8:26 am

    Trina - For anyone unable to find dulce de leche,

    Pour one 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk into an 8″ x 8″ Pyrex dish, cover with foil, place in larger pan filled halfway with water and bake at 425 for approx 90 minutes. Cool.

    I’m making these for my son’s Cinco de Mayo party at school. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Antonella - Hi Angie! I want to try this recipe. The cupcakes look so yummy! I wanted to ask you, is it 1 tablespoon or 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon?ReplyCancel

    • April 19, 2014 - 11:12 am

      Angie - I used one tablespoon but you can always use less. Thanks for stopping by. :)ReplyCancel

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