Tres Leches Cake Recipe with Mango Cream

Glorious Tres Leches Cake Recipe with Mango Cream!Heavenly Tres Leches Cake Recipe with 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!)

More Killer Cakes:

Chocolate Banana Coconut Cake

Velvet Brownie Swirl Cake

Spiced Pumpkin Cake with Maple Cream Frosting

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.

Mango Cream Tres Leches Cake Recipe |

Tres Leches Cake Recipe with Mango Cream

Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Tres Leches Cake Recipe with Mango Cream Recipe - This Latin-inspired creation is a a great way to celebrate any occasion!

Servings: 12 slices


For the Tres Leches Cake:
  • 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 evaporated milk
  • 14 ounces 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 salt


For the Tres Leches Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8- to 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.
For the Mango Cream:
  1. 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.

  2. 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.
To Assemble:
  1. Using a clean bowl and electric mixer, whip the heavy cream until firm peaks form. Then gently fold in the chilled mango puree.
  2. 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.

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51 comments on “Tres Leches Cake Recipe with Mango Cream

  1. Stacy Vickersposted March 7, 2016 at 7:23 am Reply

    This is the BEST cake I have had in my life! I used atalufo mangoes for the sweetest flavor. Pure heaven!!!!

    • Sommerposted March 8, 2016 at 7:58 pm Reply

      Thanks Stacy, So glad you liked it! :)

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  5. Halaposted May 30, 2013 at 6:43 am Reply

    Is the heavy cream is a whipping cream?

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  8. Samposted April 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm Reply

    Will this cake hold over night?

  9. Jeaniceposted February 9, 2013 at 10:46 am Reply

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

    • Katyposted June 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm Reply

      1/2 cup of butter. so 4 oz.

  10. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted September 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm Reply

    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).

  11. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted September 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm Reply

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

  12. Angieposted September 11, 2012 at 10:29 am Reply

    I LOVE mangos. What a great recipe!

  13. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted September 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm Reply

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

  14. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted September 10, 2012 at 2:16 am Reply

    mmmm… whipped mango cream sounds heavenly!

  15. Diane {Created by Diane}posted September 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm Reply

    you really have me wanting cake right now :)

  16. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted September 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm Reply

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

  17. JulieDposted September 9, 2012 at 10:50 am Reply

    So beautiful, Sommer!! I want cake now!

  18. Molly Kentposted September 9, 2012 at 10:30 am Reply

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

  19. Yasmeen @ Wandering Spiceposted September 9, 2012 at 5:59 am Reply

    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!

  20. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted September 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm Reply

    Absolutely lovely, Sommer! CLAPS TO YOU :)

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  22. Elizabeth @Food Ramblingsposted September 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm Reply

    mango cream looks heavenly!

  23. Debposted September 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm Reply

    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.

    • Sommerposted September 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm Reply

      Deb, that sounds amazing!

  24. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted September 8, 2012 at 9:26 am Reply

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

  25. Toni @ Boulder Locavoreposted September 8, 2012 at 6:10 am Reply

    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!

  26. [email protected]posted September 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm Reply

    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!

  27. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted September 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm Reply

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

  28. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted September 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm Reply

    looks amazing Sommer! Have a great weekend

  29. La Cocina de Trini Alteaposted September 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Jolín tengo la boca salivando sin parar……..

  30. Cassieposted September 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm Reply

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

  31. Colette @ JFFposted September 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm Reply

    Oo la LA !

  32. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted September 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm Reply

    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.

  33. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted September 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm Reply

    i could eat that entire thing in about 10 seconds.

    i wish i was kidding :)

  34. Cupcake and Talkposted September 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm Reply

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

  35. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakesposted September 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm Reply

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

  36. marlaposted September 7, 2012 at 11:09 am Reply

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

  37. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted September 7, 2012 at 10:52 am Reply

    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!

  38. Betty Ann @Mango_Queenposted September 7, 2012 at 9:47 am Reply

    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 !

  39. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted September 7, 2012 at 9:36 am Reply

    I love the mango whipped cream here, yum!

  40. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted September 7, 2012 at 10:14 am Reply

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

  41. Paula - bell'alimentoposted September 7, 2012 at 8:50 am Reply

    Suddenly I want to dance and eat cake.

  42. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted September 7, 2012 at 7:34 am Reply

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

  43. Kare @ Kitchen Treatyposted September 7, 2012 at 7:19 am Reply

    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!)

  44. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted September 7, 2012 at 7:03 am Reply

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

  45. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted September 7, 2012 at 6:28 am Reply

    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!

  46. DessertForTwoposted September 7, 2012 at 5:50 am Reply

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

  47. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted September 7, 2012 at 4:50 am Reply

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

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