Tres Leches Cake Hearts with Raspberry-Cream Sauce

Tres Leches - sponge cake soaked in sweet milk sauce made with three kind of milks. Soft sponge cake absorb all the milk and it's sweetness making rich and decadent dessert without much effort. 

Perfect to impress your valentine this Valentine's day! 

Without doubt, Tres Leches is a delicious dessert. But I also love it because how easy it is to prepare. No fancy icing or extra hours in kitchen. Only make a sheet sponge cake which bakes much faster, mix three milk sauce. Add raspberries for color.

Serve a cake just like Mexican restaurants made at home!

Tres Leches Cake Heart

Today, I made a sheet sponge cake and cut-out hearts to drench each piece in milks fully... making every piece to-die for! A little raspberry sauce to contrast the sweetness of cake and fresh raspberries for some element of freshness. Often, this cake is sold with a big pile of whipped sweet cream. I don't think that Tres Leches slice needs that.  But if you trying it first time, I do recommend adding a flower of fresh whipped sweet cream.

Valentine Tres Leches Cake Hearts

Until the day this blog exists, I don't know how many more variations of Tres Leches I will share with you.... but I remember.... describing it in one of my old Tres Leches recipe.... quoting the same here..

Tres Leches (means three milks) is one of my favorite, super moist sponge cake. It is a semi-sweet sponge cake, soaked in three kinds of milks (sweetened condensed, evaporated milk and heavy cream). I adore it for moist texture with milk oozing out in every bite, a delicious way to end a spicy meal.

I think pictures say it all! 

Mexican Dessert Tres Leches Cake Recipe

I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Happy Valentine's Day!



Few more Valentine's Day treats from my recipe repertoire!

Tres Leches Cake Hearts with Raspberry-Cream Sauce

Tres Leches Cake Hearts with Raspberry-Cream Sauce
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Cuisine Mexican Category Difficulty Easy Yields 12 Cake Hearts (Serves: 6)
Smart Swap You can use strawberries or even chocolate for cream sauce!


    Sponge Sheet Cake
  • 4 Egg(s) (**check notes)
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour (sifted)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar (white fine granulated sugar)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • Tres Leches and Raspberry Cream Sauce
  • 14 Oz Sweet Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Raspberries (for sauce, and more for garnish)
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 12 Oz Evaporated Milk
  • Garnish
  • Mint (optional)


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  • Step for Recipe - Tres Leches Cake Hearts with Raspberry-Cream Sauce
    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rectangle sheet pan with parchment paper hanging on two opposite sides and set aside.
    Additional Notes
    Thickness of cake will depend on size of sheet tray.
    Step for Recipe - Tres Leches Cake Hearts with Raspberry-Cream Sauce
    2. Beat egg yolks (egg yellows) with 1/3 cup sugar until pale yellow in color. (about 5-6 minutes) Add in vanilla. Beat for 1 more minutes. Egg mixture will leave a trailing ribbon when lifted with whisk.
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    3. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar (or lemon juice if can't find Cream of Tartar) until soft peaks form. Add 1/3 cup sugar into the beating egg whites 1 tbsp at a time and beat until egg whites a shiny soft peaks. (7-8 minutes)
    Step for Recipe - Tres Leches Cake Hearts with Raspberry-Cream Sauce
    4. Mix flour with baking powder and salt. Sift 1/4 of flour in the egg yellows mixture. Gently combine the flour in egg yellow in 3 batches. Do not over-mix. I usually use a hand whisk to combine flour in egg yellows.
  • Step for Recipe - Tres Leches Cake Hearts with Raspberry-Cream Sauce
    5. Add 1/4 of egg whites to yellows and fold in to lighten the batter. Then, add remaining half of the egg whites and gently fold in with lift and fold gentle strokes without deflating the airy whites. Add the remaining egg whites and fold in following the same cut and fold action.
    Step for Recipe - Tres Leches Cake Hearts with Raspberry-Cream Sauce
    6. Pour prepared batter into baking pan and level very gently with an offset spatula or a butter knife.
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    7. Bake for 18-22 minutes until tooth pick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean and cake is springy to touch. Run knife on the sides of pan to loosen cake. Lift cake with hanging parchment paper and, invert the cake to cooling rack and peel off the parchment.
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    8. In a small jar, combine all three kinds of milks and whisk to mix condensed milk with evaporated and heavy cream.
  • Step for Recipe - Tres Leches Cake Hearts with Raspberry-Cream Sauce
    9. Transfer the cool cake to a rimmed pan and pierce the top of cake with fork or tooth pick stick all over to make tiny small holes. Cut the hearts using heart shape cookie cutter.
    Additional Notes
    Try to cut close so as to yield about 12 hearts.
    Step for Recipe - Tres Leches Cake Hearts with Raspberry-Cream Sauce
    10. Now pour all the three milk mixture (tres leche) over the cake, distributing it evenly, leaving behind 1/4 of a cup for raspberry sauce. Stop in-between if milk appears to be standing on the top. Give cake sometime to absorb the milks.
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    11. Transfer the cake to refrigerator for about 30 minutes. this gives cake time to absorb all milk setting at the bottom. In meantime, mix 1/4 cup of milk mixture with raspberries in a food processor to make a fine puree. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate as well. When ready to serve, layer two hearts per serving with drizzle of raspberry cream sauce. Garnish with some fresh raspberries and mint. Serve and enjoy!
Savita's Notes:

*Separate eggs (whites and yolk) when still cold then let come to room temperature before using.

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24 comment(s)

  1. Ritu, thanks!
  2. You are an amazing cook dear. I have never seen a dessert better than this before. It is the most scrumptious cake I have ever seen. Irresistible. I wish to have this for valentine day. :)
  3. thanks, Padma!
  4. The hearts look so beautiful dear....Amazing clicks:)
  5. Neeli, thanks dear!
  6. beautiful clicks, Savita.
  7. Danni, thanks! I'm sure, in Mexico, they will have most-authentic tres leches!! Please do try recipe and let me know!
  8. I had the most amazing tres leche cask when I was in Mexico and I keep meaning to make it, so I am going to try your recipe!
  9. Jess, thank you so much!
  10. These cake hearts are so beautiful! Love them with the raspberry sauce! :D
  11. Anu, thanks! tres leches with raspberries is really delicious!
  12. This one is absolutely YUMMY Savita! I love tres leches too, and homemade is the best!:) I love the idea of adding raspberry sauce! :) Super super delish and cute hearts! :)
  13. Ritu, it sure it! I'm glad you gonna try it! :) thank you so much!
  14. Beautiful and yummy. Perfect for valentine day. I will try out this for sure. :)
  15. Jeena, thank you so much dear!
  16. Wow, fabulous, delicious, just mouth watering...
  17. thanks! you know, the combination of three milks is to die-for! totally addictive!
  18. Absolutely yummy cake Savita! I have never made tres leche but it's on my baking bucket list...the combinations of 3 milks sounds awesome..this is perfect for Valentines!
  19. thank you so much, Andrea! Sure, please do check and let me know how you like it!
  20. I love tres leches too! This is such a cute idea. I will need to check out your other tres leches recipes as well. :)
  21. Gingi, thank you so much! indeed! this will be perfect for Valentine's day!
  22. Ohhh, this is perfect for Valentines Day! So romantic! <3 -
  23. thanks, Anupama! oh yes! tres leches indulgence is never a problem!! :)
  24. absolutely to die for ! I agree Savita, indulgence once in a way that too with Tres leches is WELCOME :)) superb slicks and wonderful recipe!