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Tres Leches Cupcakes.

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Tres Leches Cupcakes.

Tres Leches Cupcakes.

Being from New Mexico, tres leches (“three milk”) cake was not a part of my grandmother’s repertoire.  I fell in love with this ultra-milky-rich yet simple confection while living in Southern California.

I made these little sweets for a friend’s (also a So Cal transplant) surprise birthday party . These cupcakes topped off a deliciously dairy overloaded meal. But hey, how was I supposed to know the restaurant’s specialty was cheese trays and fondu? (I guess I could’ve yelp’d it).

This recipe is a smaller and simpler rendition of this recipe at the cupcake project.



4 eggs
2/3 cups sugar
1 Tbs. canola oil
1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp. vanilla extract


3/4 cup flour
1 ½ Tbs. corn starch
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cupcake tin with cupcake liners. *Tip the double-layered tin foil/paper ones work best for these potentially messy cupcakes.

In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients. In a separate bowl mix all dry ingredients.  Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture 1/3 at a time, stirring as you combine.

Fill each lined cupcake tin halfway. Bake for 15-20 minutes. *Note: opening the oven prematurely may cause cupcakes to fall. Patience is key.

Remove from oven and cool. Meanwhile, prepare the tres leches filling.

Tres Leches Filling

1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Half pint heavy cream
One 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
One 5oz. can evaporated milk

Once cupcakes are cool, carefully cut a hole approximately the size of a dime and about an inch deep into the center of each cake. Eat the scraps. Fill each hole with the milk mixture. The cupcakes should absorb the mixture. Fill them again and place them in the fridge overnight.

The next day fill the cupcakes with any remaining milk mixture. Top with whipped icing of choice and a cherry or dust with cinnamon.* Note: Keep refrigerated  but be wary of funky fridge odors; these cupcakes soak up smells like a sponge.

Manager at Kashkaval sings happy birthday to da bday girl!

Manager at Kashkaval sings happy birthday to da bday girl!

14 Responses to “Postres: Tres Leches Cupcakes”
  1. shayma says:

    tres leches + cupcakes? two of my favourite things in the world brought together!

  2. I love tres leches cake so I’ve been looking for a good cupcake recipe. Thanks!

  3. these look so rich and tasty. love how colorful your site is!

  4. margot says:

    “Eat the scraps” may be my favorite direction ever.
    These look yummy!

  5. SarahKate says:

    Those look so good and my husband loves tres leches cake. These would be perfect for our bbq next week. Thanks!

  6. naqiya says:


    lets just say i was a very lucky birthday girl!

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