Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

For Easter this year, my step dad requested a very moist chocolate cake. His appetite hasn't been all that great recently so I was excited he was actually requesting something. His favorite cake is Tres Leches so I decided I would try making a chocolate tres leches cake for him. After browsing the Internet I couldn't really decide which recipe I wanted to go with. So I took elements from several and made my own. I was a little pressed for time, so I used a chocolate cake mix for the base of the cake and went from there.

This cake actually turned out amazing! It got rave reviews from everyone and I would definitely make this one again. Using the cake mix or with a homemade chocolate cake.

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake Inspired by Hershey's


1- 13 x 9 inch cake (use anything from a box mix to homemade)

Bake the cake according to the directions. Allow to cool for at least 1 one. Place the cake on a rimmed cake platter.

Once the cake has cooled, using a fork, pierce the entire top of the cake. Be sure to pierce the cake all the way to the edges so the milk mixture can be absorbed evenly.

Tres Leches Mixture:

2 14 oz cans of sweetened condensed milk

1 12 oz can evaporated milk

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup chocolate syrup

Pour all the ingredients into a large bowl and combine.

Begin to pour the milk mixture slowly over the top of the pierced cake. Try to make sure to get the edges as well. It's OK if the mixture starts to puddle around the bottom of the platter, this will get absorbed too. You probably will not need all of the mixture. You can either toss what you don't use or save about a 1/2 cup to decorate the plates when serving. Leave the cake alone for at least 30 minutes to absorb all the milk. When you return it should all be gone and your are now ready to apply the whipped topping.

Whipped Topping:
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon
Combine all ingredients into a large mixer bowl, begin to beat on medium and gradually increase to medium-high speed until stiff. Spread the topping evenly on cake!
Decorate as desired. I sprinkled some cocoa powder over the top and added a few strawberries for added color. Cover the cake and refrigerate until serving.

If you like tres leches cake you will defintely like this one. It was moist and delicious and stayed fresh in the fridge for just under a week.

For a printable version of the recipe, please go here.
Enjoy :)
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  1. I am so totally intrigued by the tres leches cakes I keep seeing. I've never had it before and I never really heard of it before I started reading other blogs. I have got to try it. Your chocolate version sounds awesome!

  2. that sounds great! i have never thought of going chocolate with tres leches...but brilliant :)

  3. ummmmmm this sounds ridic. I need to take you to La Duni when you finally come to DALLAS. They have a cuatros leches cake that is unbelievable. my favorite!

  4. Oh, boy that sounds seriously chocolaty!

  5. There used to be a Bahama Breeze restaurant next to my apartment several years ago. Mr. h and I would go there all the time and for dessert, we'd order chocolate tres leches cake. It was so darn good and I've never seen it again on any other menu. I'm definitely going to have to give this one a try!

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  7. This sounds amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Yummm! I love creamy desserts! This looks really delicious!

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