slice of tres leches cake with coffee

Coffee Tres Leches Cake Recipe (video)


A coffee-flavored take on the famous Tres Leches Cake! This incredibly delicious coffee cake creation will steal your heart (and taste buds)! For this coffee tres leches cake, I start out with an airy and fluffy coffee sponge cake, soak the layers with a coffee flavored milk syrup and frost with a coffee whipped cream. The coffee syrup will soak into the sponge cake layers beautifully, yielding a moist cake that melts in your mouth! Make sure to VERY generously soak the sponge cake for best results!

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What’s a Tres Leches Cake

If you’ve never had a tres leches cake, you’re in for a real treat! This Mexican cake is traditionally made with a simple sponge cake that’s soaked with a combination of three different milks, hence the name! Regular milk, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk are combined to create a soaking syrup. The milk mixture is poured very generously over the cake, soaking into the layers beautifully. The milk makes the layers super moist and delicate. Every bite of this tres leches cake is filled with incredible coffee flavor!

For best results, soak the sponge cake very generously with the milk syrup! I also recommend letting the cake set in the refrigerator overnight for the layers to come together and soften further. It will be well worth the wait!

slice of coffee tres leches cake on plate with gold fork

The Best Frosting

I wanted to keep this stunning coffee cake simple and added just minimal garnishes. It’s frosted with a fluffy coffee frosting – coffee-flavored whipped cream with cream cheese. It’s so delicious and perfectly complements the delicate coffee sponge cake! Try garnishing the top with dollops of the coffee whipped cream, a dusting of cocoa powder and whole coffee beans.

coffee coffee topped with cocoa powder and coffee beans

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I love my Ateco cake turntable – it makes cake decorating a breeze!
I use these aluminum cake pans for baking most of my cake layers.
If you want extra coffee flavor, try adding some coffee extract to the cake and frosting.


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