Tres Leches Cake Recipe with Mango Cream

Glorious Tres Leches Cake Recipe with Mango Cream!What could possibly make a tender dairy-laden Tres Leches Cake Recipe even better? How about light fluffy Mango Cream! This Latin inspired creation is a great way to celebrate any occasion.

Tres Leches Cake with Mango Cream |

We parents are secretly celebrating something.

For fear of judgement, we hardly talk about the joy it brings us. Yet, silent sighs of relief can be felt across the country for… Back to School.

Tres Leches Cake Recipe |

Of course, we love our babies beyond all understanding.

We love their smiles and little noses. We love that fluttery little laugh that gurgles up when something strikes them as funny. We love their breathy stories, the elaborate crafts they make, and the ingenious games they come up with. We love them regardless of their artistic wardrobe selections. We love them as they go through the awkward stages of adolescence with unwarranted hormonal outbursts.

How to make Tres Leches Cake |

We love them when they are sweet and helpful, and we even love them when they are as mean as snakes.

That never stops.

Yet, after a magical summer filled with family vacations, swimming pools, trips to the zoo, hiking trails, hours at the park, makeshift forts, lemonade stands, gallons of insect repellent and sunscreen, sibling squabbles, and staying up way past bedtime, WE ARE TIRED.

How to cut a Mango |

So we tearfully send our little ones, with baggy new clothes and over-sized backpacks, off to school. Then peacefully sit in silence, if only for a moment.

You know what?

After all that fun and energy exertion, we deserve cake.

Mango Cream Tres Leches Cake Recipe |

My double layer Tres Leches Cake Recipe with Mango Cream is just the thing for this bittersweet occasion.

As tres leches means 3 milks in Spanish, you can imagine the rich creamy taste and texture this cake provides, after being soaked in a mixture of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream.

How to make a Tres Leches Cake |


The whipped Mango Cream that holds the tres cakes cake recipe together is fluffy, tangy and just slightly sweet to off set the milky intensity of the cake.

How to make Mango Cream |

I pureed a fresh ripe mango and simmered it with sugar to thicken the puree. Once chilled, I folded the puree into whipped cream for a dreamy Mango Cream topping.

Then I sliced another ripe mango to decorate the top of the mango cream.

Whipped Mango Cream |

Lt. Dan and I agree, although there are uncountable reasons to make this Tres Leches Cake Recipe with Mango Cream, the best part about it is the sumptuous sound it makes when you dig into it with your fork. The sflumph you hear as you cut each saturated bite, let’s you know something luxurious is about to grace your palette.

Mango Cream Tres Leches Cake |

This one’s for you parents. (Although your kids will love it too!)


Yield: 8-12 servings

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Tres Leches Cake Recipe with Mango Cream


For the Tres Leches Cake Recipe:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (4 ounces)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 12 ounces can evaporated milk
  • 14 ounces can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

For the Mango Cream:

  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 ripe mangoes
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt


  1. For the tres leches cake recipe: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-9 inch cake pans and set aside.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Then add the vanilla.
  3. Crack the eggs into a measuring pitcher. Then with the mixer running, alternate adding the eggs and flour mixture until just combined. Scrape the bowl and mix again for 30 seconds.
  4. Divide the cake batter evenly between the two pans and bake for 20 minutes, until golden on top. Remove the cakes from pans and cool for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the evaporated milk, condensed milk and cream together. Set aside.
  5. Once the cakes are cool, place one on a cake platter and the other on a sheet of foil with the edges turned up to form a shallow bowl. Poke both cakes with a fork thoroughly, to help the milks absorb. Slowly pour half the tres leches mixture over each cake and allow them to sit and soak it all up while you make the Mango Cream.
  6. For the Mango Cream: Peel both mangoes. slice one into thin strips and set aside as the garnish. Cut the second off the pit and place in the blender with 2/3 cup sugar and a pinch of salt. Puree until smooth.
  7. Pour the puree into a small sauce pan and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer. Stir and simmer for 3-5 minutes until thick. Then place in the fridge to cool.
  8. Using a clean bowl and electric mixer, whip the heavy cream until firm peaks form. Then gently fold in the chilled mango puree.
  9. To assemble: Scoop about half the Mango Cream on the cake that's on the platter. Spread the Mango Cream evenly, then carefully flip the second cake layer on top and remove the foil. Spread the remaining mango cream on the top and decorate with fresh mango slices.

More Killer Cakes:

Chocolate Banana Coconut Cake

Velvet Brownie Swirl Cake

Spiced Pumpkin Cake with Maple Cream Frosting

Affogato Cake

Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake ~ Budget Gourmet Mom

Reeses Brownie Ice Cream Cake ~ Bakers Royale

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake with Caramel Popcorn ~ Sweetapolita

For more crazy cakes, follow my Pinterest Board, Holy Sweetness.

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47 Responses to “Tres Leches Cake Recipe with Mango Cream”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 7, 2012 @ 4:50 am

    I loooove tres leches cake! And that whipped cream just looks plain awesome!


  2. #
    DessertForTwo — September 7, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    Oh, Sommer! Are you kidding me?! This looks like my dream dessert! I’ve got to have it!


  3. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — September 7, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    Congrats to the little ones beginning a new year of learning and experiences! I don’t have children yet, but I bet when I eventually do, I’m going to need a tres leches cake every time school starts up again…to celebrate and console! I love your idea of incorporating mango in with the cream! I can only imagine it gives such a nice flavor and zing to the cake! Looks fantastic!


  4. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — September 7, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    Yeah, that probably wouldn’t ship very well :-/


  5. #
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — September 7, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    Adding mango to tres leches cake … brilliant! YUM. I would like a slab for breakfast, please. A large one.

    My little one isn’t even a year old yet so I’ve got awhile until the school years come along. But, yeah, not going to lie, I think the breaks are going to be reallllly nice. Nothing wrong with enjoying a little time to yourself now and then (which of course is a real luxury with a baby in the house!)


  6. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — September 7, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    I’m drooling right now. Please send some over for breakfast!


  7. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — September 7, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Suddenly I want to dance and eat cake.


  8. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — September 7, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    This is stunning. I’ll be over in a few. :)


  9. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 7, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    I love the mango whipped cream here, yum!


  10. #
    Betty Ann @Mango_Queen — September 7, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Did you say ‘Mangoes’? I couldn’t resist taking a peek. I love Tres Leches cake, but I love ‘mangoes’ even more. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing ! Enjoyed your ‘back to school’ musings ~ you captured all our sentiments well !


  11. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — September 7, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    I don’t have kids, but I can have cake too, right? Because this looks crazy delicious. Mangoes! Cake! Cream! You can’t go wrong with these things!


  12. #
    marla — September 7, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Lovely cake today!! Mango is one of my favorites!


  13. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — September 7, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    I love a nice, juiced up tres leches – this one is spectacular. Just lovely!


  14. #
    Cupcake and Talk — September 7, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    This cake looks divine. I can’t wait to try the mango cream. Thank you.


  15. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 7, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    i could eat that entire thing in about 10 seconds.

    i wish i was kidding :)


  16. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 7, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    This cake is AWESOME! I never would’ve thought to make a mango whipped cream but it sounds AH-MAZING! And your green mixer is too cute.


  17. #
    Colette @ JFF — September 7, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Oo la LA !


  18. #
    Cassie — September 7, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Adding mango to tres leches is brilliant. I love the color and it looks so soft. I can’t wait to try this!


  19. #
    La Cocina de Trini Altea — September 7, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    Jolín tengo la boca salivando sin parar……..


  20. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — September 7, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    looks amazing Sommer! Have a great weekend


  21. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — September 7, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    Oh my gosh, your cake looks amazing and so moist!! I wish I could have a slice right now!


  22. #
    Kate@Diethood — September 7, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    Your secret is safe with us ;-) … in fact, everyone tells me that ‘going back to school’ is a time to celebrate… I”ll find out soon enough. :)
    Tres leches cake…mmmmmm! Plus that mango cream…my oh my!


  23. #
    Toni @ Boulder Locavore — September 8, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    I simply love your version of this luscious cake BUT I’m completely smitten with your green mixer! I’m not sure how you get anything done in your kitchen. I’d just sit and stare at it adoringly all day I think!


  24. #
    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 8, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    Mango cream, yes please! Looks fantastic, you are such a creative baker!


  25. #
    Deb — September 8, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    One of my favourite things with tres leches is to use coconut evaporated milk, or add some Malibu rum to the milks. I’m going to try it with this for a really tropical cake.


    • Sommer — September 9th, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

      Deb, that sounds amazing!


  26. #
    Elizabeth @Food Ramblings — September 8, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    mango cream looks heavenly!


  27. #
    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — September 8, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    Absolutely lovely, Sommer! CLAPS TO YOU :)


  28. #
    Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice — September 9, 2012 @ 5:59 am

    Simply wonderful! I tried explaining tres leches to my Australian husband, while we were talking about some of our favorite desserts as inspiration of what to make for a family party. Your mango cream takes it to a whole new level, and adds a bit of freshness to an otherwise quite rich dessert. Totally sold on trying this for him – I know he’ll love it!


  29. #
    Molly Kent — September 9, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    This is such a pretty cake! Whats more it looks absolutely scrumptious!! Can’t wait to make it! Thanks :)


  30. #
    JulieD — September 9, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    So beautiful, Sommer!! I want cake now!


  31. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 9, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    Love love love tres leches cake! Topped with mango is even better – YUM!


  32. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — September 9, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    you really have me wanting cake right now :)


  33. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — September 10, 2012 @ 2:16 am

    mmmm… whipped mango cream sounds heavenly!


  34. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — September 10, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    Oh my I would like a big slice of this cake. I love the idea of mango with the tres leches.


  35. #
    Angie — September 11, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    I LOVE mangos. What a great recipe!


  36. #
    Kiran @ — September 11, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    Mangoes and tres leches?!? My favorites, all in one!!!


  37. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 12, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    Mmmm…I haven’t had a tres leches for so long. I love the addition of mango, and might just have to make this for my mom (loves mango).


  38. #
    Jeanice — February 9, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    I had a question is it 1/2 stick of butter which is 2oz or 4 oz which is a stick of butter? Thanks.


    • Katy — June 1st, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

      1/2 cup of butter. so 4 oz.


  39. #
    Sam — April 30, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

    Will this cake hold over night?


  40. #
    Hala — May 30, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    Is the heavy cream is a whipping cream?



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