Tres Leches Cake
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I've been wanting to make tres leches cake for a few years. With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, I've been searching for a Mexican dessert to add to my Mexican recipes repertoire.   I wanted something a little different than just the standard tres leches cake so with a little inspiration from my April Secret Recipe Club partner, Flavors by Four, I created the Chocolate Malt Tres Leches Cake.

Tres Leches Cake

For this month's Secret Recipe Club I was assigned Flavors by Four, written by a mother daughter team.  There are so many delicious recipes to choose from on their site, but I wanted something for Cinco de Mayo.  Luckily for me Flavors by Four has a tres leches cake recipe!  I really wanted to try something different with the tres leches, though, so I decided to adapt their recipe and make a chocolate malt tres leches cake.

I'm not sure how I feel about this cake.  It was not nearly as thick as I had imagined. I think maybe subbing out the flour for the cocoa powder made it rise less.  But what it lacked in height, it made up for in flavor!  This cake was really, really good.  I made sure to have a tres leches cake expert test it, because I had no idea what tres leches cake was supposed to taste like, and it passed with flying colors.  I'm thinking that maybe tres leches cake just takes a little getting used to.

Chocolate Malt Tres Leches Cake

Serves 12     adjust servings

Preparation 10 min
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons malt powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups chocolate sauce

Whipped Cream Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Whopper candy to garnish


  1. Grease a 9 x 13 cake pan and pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a very large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, malt powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Put the egg yolks and 3/4 cup sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fixed with a whisk attachment. Whisk on medium high speed until the mixture is thick.
  4. Add milk and vanilla to the bowl of the stand mixer. Mix just until combined.
  5. Add the wet ingredients in the stand mixer bowl to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  6. Clean out the stand mixer bowl and whisk attachment.
  7. Add egg whites to the stand mixer bowl and beat on high speed until soft peaks form (about 3-4 minutes).
  8. While egg whites are whipping, add 1/4 cup sugar to them.
  9. Once egg whites are done, slowly and gently fold them in to the cake mixture in the large mixing bowl.
  10. Pour batter in to prepared baking pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  11. Immediately invert cake on to a platter or baking sheet with a rim and allow to cool completely.
  12. In a large liquid measuring cup, stir together evaporated milk, condensed milk, heavy whipping cream and chocolate sauce.
  13. Prick cooled cake repeatedly with a fork to cover the entire top of the cake with holes.
  14. Slowly pour the milk mixture over the cake, allowing it to soak in. You may not use all of the milk mixture, but should try to use all of it.
  15. Set cake aside in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  16. Meanwhile, make the whipped cream topping.
  17. Whip together heaving whipping, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla in a stand mixer fitted with a whisk until soft peaks form.
  18. Spread the whipped cream over the cake just before serving. Garnish with candies, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 551kcal Calories from fat 246
% Daily Value
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 186mg 8%
Carbohydrate 72g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 61g
Protein 12g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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12 comments on “Chocolate Malt Tres Leches Cake

  1. Pingback:Chocolate Malt Tres Leches Cake: Growing Up Gabel

  2. Looks lovely and I’ll bet it tasted great. I’ve never tried tres leches cake before and I’m running out of excuses now. I cant wait to try this out! Stopping by from Group A!

    I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog. I’d love for you to stop by and be a part of it!!!

  3. Your cake looks so delicious! I’ve never tried tres leches, but I really want to!

  4. I’m so glad you liked our Tres Leche Cake recipe for the SRC this month! Your chocolate malt version looks delicious 🙂

  5. I have never made a tres leche cake though I’ve seen many recipes for them. Maybe someday I’ll need to try it. I’m a fellow SRC member, group D

  6. Oh, awesome – what a great take on a tres leches cake – great choice this month!

  7. This is a awesome Tres Leches Cake, can’t wait to taste it. Great cooking with you in Group B!
    Miz Helen

  8. Great cake–perfect for a fiesta and the cocoa twist is quite interesting

  9. I just made a tres leche cake last weekend. I mentioned in my post I would love to try chocolate! great src recipe

  10. one of my favorite desserts – looks so good!

  11. I’ve never tried tres leches cake before but this definitely makes me want to try it! Great SRC choice!

  12. I love chocolate malt flavour! This sounds delicious!