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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  • I love your pictures! Makes me want to make some for my after dessert dessert…. :0)ReplyCancel
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  • These sound wonderful and that big swirl of frosting on top is calling my name!ReplyCancel
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  • These cupcakes look and sound FABULOUS !!ReplyCancel
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  • Oh my gosh! They look devine. I will have to file this under must try.ReplyCancel
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  • they sound amazing, must try!ReplyCancel
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    • Angie

      Oh yes.. you must try! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mmmm these look delicious! That frosting looks heavenly!!!ReplyCancel
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  • I’ve never made tres leches. I need to start! These look fab.ReplyCancel
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  • 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

  • Wow, these look sooooo amazing! I’m thinking my husband would LOVE these. I will be trying them very very soon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • 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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  • 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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  • I love, love, love Tres Leches cake. Will definitely have to give this a try!ReplyCancel
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  • Kathy

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

  • 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

  • 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

    • 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.


  • 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

  • Oh wow these look delish!ReplyCancel
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  • One of my favorite desserts….in a cupcake! Yum!!ReplyCancel

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

  • 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

  • Im gonna be making these tomorrow ! 🙂 do i have to use tin foil cupcake holder ?ReplyCancel

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

    • I used one tablespoon but you can always use less. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • I made these last night and they turned out great! I do feel that there should have been less cinnamon used. They kind of taste like coffee cake to me. Not that there is a problem with coffee cake, it just wasn’t what I expected. I am going to try a normal Tres leches cake to compare taste to see how less I should use. Great Recipe though!! The icing is great!ReplyCancel

    • Glad you liked them! Try less cinnamon next time 🙂
      Thank for stopping by.ReplyCancel

  • I made today and they were delicious,I used French vanilla cake mix.Everyone loved themReplyCancel