Pastel De Tres Leches

Learn to cook Pastel De Tres Leches

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America on the Pacific coastline, it still has its unique presence on the world cuisine map. Dishes like Carne Asada and Carne Guisada are available in the mainland USA as well. Some of the other well known dishes in Salvadoran cuisine include Pupusa (corn or rice flour tortilla filled with cheese, re-fried beans, meats and loroco), Yuca Frita, Panes Con Pollo, Pasteles De Carne, Pacalla, Tamales and Pescado Empanizado etc. Two of the famous desserts from this country include Maria Luisa and Pastel De Tres Leches.

For this recipe I made Pastel De Tres Leches, which in English means a cake made with three kinds of milks. We use evaporated milk, condensed milk and cream (made with milk) in the preparation. You can decorate it with your choice of fruits and toppings, as in this recipe I used chocolate sprinkles and strawberries. It does take some time to make this cake, however the final product is absolutely awesome in taste. Try out this Pastel De Tres Leches Recipe and enjoy a Salvadoran taste.


For the sponge

  • Cake flour - 150 gms
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Unsalted butter - 200 gms
  • Sugar - 125 gms
  • Eggs - 5
  • Vanilla extract - 2 tsp

For soaking

  • Condensed milk - 1/2 cup
  • Evaporated milk - 1/2 cup
  • Full fat cream - 1/2 cup
  • Rum - 2 tbsp

For frosting

  • Whipped cream - 2 cups

For Decoration

  • Strawberries - 5 to 6
  • Chocolate sprinkles

How to Make Pastel De Tres Leches

For the sponge

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  • Prepare a 9inch pan by greasing it and lining with parchment paper. Keep aside.
  • Mix cake flour, baking powder, salt in a bowl and keep aside.
  • Whisk butter and sugar till light an fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
  • Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Add flour mixture and mix gently.
  • Pour the batter in the prepared pan.
  • Bake the cake for 20-25 minutes till a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool.
Pastel De Tres Leches - Sponge Base Ready

Pastel De Tres Leches - Sponge Base Ready

For soaking

  • Mix evaporated milk, condensed milk and cream in a pan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, simmer the heat and let it cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
Preparing Milk MIxture

Preparing Milk MIxture

For assembly

  • Keep the cake in serving platter.
  • Brush the cake with milk mixture.
Pastel De Tres Leches - Brushing Prepared Milk Over the Sponge Base

Pastel De Tres Leches - Brushing Prepared Milk Over the Sponge Base

  • Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Cover the cake with whipped cream.
  • Decorate with chocolate sprinkles and strawberries.
  • Serve.
Pastel De Tres Leches - Served

Pastel De Tres Leches - Served

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Published On: Tuesday, January 13th, 2015