Tres Leches Cake

About a week ago I played host to 3 of my cousins who came for a brief visit to Nigeria. They requested Banga Soup and so I was pretty sure i had the main course covered. One of them had had small chops the week before and she couldn’t stop raving about it, so after church on Sunday,  we bought Small chops and Asun from one of the food vendors. The day before I was thinking of what to make for desserts, one of the girls I learnt is an amazing baker, so I knew if I was to make a cake, it would be something she would love. I certainly didn’t want to over do it. I wanted to do something simple yet delicious and perfect for dessert.

So gbam  I went for Tres Leches.


Tres Leches is a Sponge Cake that is made up of 4 types of milk, though it literally translates as 3 Milk Cake. Most recipes I saw use Whole Milk but I substituted it with coconut milk.



For the Cake (makes an 8″ cake)

•   1 Cup  Cake flour

•   5 Eggs (Separate Yolks from Whites)  

•   1/2  Cups Granulated White Sugar

•   1/8 Cup Granulated White Sugar 

•   2 tsp baking Powder

•   1/4  tsp Salt

•   1/4 Cup Melted Butter 

•   2  tbsp coconut oil

•   2 tbsp  Milk

•   2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Milk Mix and frosting

•   1 Can  sweetened condensed milk (about 14 oz or 400 ml)

•   1 1/4 cup Coconut  milk (250 ml)

•   1/2 cup evaporated milk (125ml)

•   1 tbsp vanilla extract

•   1 1/2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream

•   1/2 cup icing sugar.


–   Grease and flour a 8 x 12 inch pan.

–   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

–   Separate 5 eggs, and beat the egg whites in a large mixing bowl and add 1/8 cup Sugar.  Beat till medium peaks and set aside.

–   Beat the egg yolks together with the rest sugar till pale yellow. Stir in the 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add melted butter and oil

–   Sift the flour and salt and baking powder together, and stir it into the egg yolk mixture, alternating with the milk as you stir it in.

–   Fold in the egg white into the mixture carefully. ( to do this, you use a spatula and careful stir in from bottom to the top in a folding motion.)

–   Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the cake for 20 minutes, or until done.

–   Poke the cake severally with a fork and  leave the cake to cool completely .

–   Blend the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, coconut milk, and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Pour this mixture over the cooled cake. Leave it in the fridge over night or at least five hours.

To make Frosting

Whip the heavy cream with icing sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract till stiff peaks. Frost the cake top with your favorite toppings.



Baking with the boys; Rainbow Cake


Today I had loads of fun in the kitchen with two little kitchen helpers. Yesterday, on our return trip from Ilorin,  Kwara State, the boys – my 3 yrs/ 8 month old son and his 7 yrs old favourite cousin- told me what they want to cook with me in the kitchen this week.

Top on the list was Rainbow Cookies and then Rainbow Cake.
Gosh and they bugged me till I finished what i was doing and followed them to the kitchen and bake we did. Rainbow cookies would be made tomorrow. Come and bake with us.

The little man obviously thought it was cool to strike a pose in his apron, but the older man could care less.

We used a pound cake recipe we  adapted from

•  3 cups all-purpose flour

•  3/4 teaspoon baking powder

•   1/4 teaspoon salt

•   1 cup unsalted butter, softened

•   1/2 cup white margarine

•   2 2/3 cups granulated sugar

•   5 eggs

•   1 cup milk

•   1 teaspoon vanilla essence

•   1 tablespoon lemon juice

•   1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

•   1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

•   Food Color ( I used 7 colours, Red, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple,  Blue, Green)

Pictorial of the fun things the boys got up to.

They sifted flour.
They greased and lined pans with parchment paper
I could hear a lot of ewwws and yucks as they broke the eggs. Guess who had shells in his eggs. Lol
They had lots of fun mixing on the colours, the mess made was part of the fun.


–  Do not preheat the oven. Grease 10 inch tube pan and line bottom with wax paper or parchment paper.

–  Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

–  In a large bowl, beat the butter, margarine, and sugar on low speed for 10 minutes.

–  Add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition.

–  Add the lemon zest, vanilla essence and lemon juice

–  Alternately add the flour mixture and milk, ending with flour.  Stop mixing when you add the last part of flour, so as not to over mix. Scrape whatever is hanging at the corners of your mixing bowl with with a spatula

– Separate the batter into equal parts in seven separate bowls.

–  Add a dash of colour, and mix it in till well incorporated.  I prefer to use paste colours as against the liquid colours, we used both types .

–  Pour coloured batter into the prepared pan, my boys wanted us to pour the Blue batter first and we followed with the other colours.

–  Set the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 1 hour.

–   Remove to a cake rack and cool for at least 3 hours.


Behold our Rainbow Cake,  all I could hear were , oohs and aahs, oh gosh the cake is so lovely. I’m sure you agree.




Need I tell you that all their plans flew out of the window once they saw their cake.

The rainbow would appear once again in my kitchen  tomorrow.
#ilovebeingamum #ilovebeinganaunt

This is also a fun and inexpensive way to say happy birthday to your child and entertain friends too.


You don’t need spend money on a cake or know how to frost a cake, the colours of the rainbow would shine right through.