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Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

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Eggnog Tres Leches Cake
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12
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Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

Three sweet and splendid leches are combined together in this rich-yet-refreshing cake.


(15 ounce) Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ white cake mix
cup oil
cup water
cup eggnog
ounces evaporated milk
ounces sweetened condensed milk
pint heavy cream
cup powdered sugar
English cucumber (for garnish)
fresh cranberries (for garnish)


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 2 In a stand mixer, beat together the cake mix, eggs, oil, and water. Pour this batter into two 9-inch cake rounds that have been generously sprayed with nonstick baking spray.
  • 3 Bake for 24-29 minutes in preheated oven. Remove and cool completely in the metal cake pans.
  • 4 Once cool, tip of of your cakes gently out of the metal pan, then use a sharp knife to slice the rounded top portion of the cake into a flat, even surface. Return this leveled cake to the cake pan.
  • 5 Drizzle the eggnog over the cake rounds (a half-cup of egg nog should be drizzled over each cake). Then the evaporated milk, followed by the condensed milk. Make sure you drizzle the milks over the entire cakes. Set cakes uncovered into the fridge and allow the milk to seep into the cake, about 30-45 minutes.
  • 6 Whip the whipping cream with the powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • 7 Remove the cakes from the fridge. Beginning with the leveled cake, invert it onto a large plate or cake pan. Add a cup of whipped cream to top of the cake, then gently invert the second cake. To do this, I like to cover my hand with a piece of parchment, then quickly turn the cake upside down on my hand, then flip it right-side-up on top of the whipped cream layer. Frost with remaining cream.
  • 8 To garnish with homemade, edible holly-berries: use a potato peeler to peel the skin from your English cucumber. With a pair of kitchen scissors, snip this peel into 1 1/2-inch long pieces, then snip each end of the pieces into V shapes. Gently press these leaves into your cake, then place cranberries near the leaves to create holly berries!
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Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

As prepared by Cheeky Kitchen,

Tres Leches Cake will jingle your bells -- it's all jazzed up for the holidays with EGGNOG as one of its three milks!

Tres Leches cake is a classic South American goodie -- a fairly average cake, soaked rich and full with three types of milk.

This Eggnog Tres Leches Cake is a holiday version of the classic dessert.

Egg Nog Tres Leches Cake Finished

It's surprisingly simple to make, and tastes so good that my neighbor ate four slices of it when I toted this finished cake on over to her house. (I can not be trusted with such a thing on my counter-top!) Here's how to get one on your counter-top, stat.

Grab a box of Betty Crocker cake mix. Add an extra egg and cut back a bit on the water to achieve the perfecto final texture…a cake that holds up beautifully to three different milks being poured the heck inside. It's happening.

Betty Crocker Cake Mix for Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Stir that cake batter up until smooth.

Cake Batter for Tres Leches Cake

Generously grease two 9"-round cake pans with nonstick baking spray. Pour the batter evenly between both pans, then bake until golden brown.

Spray Pans for Tres Leches Cake

Once your cakes are cooked and cooled, pour a bit of eggnog right on top of both cake rounds.

Egg Nog for Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Then some evaporated milk goes on top of the eggnog.

Evaporated Milk for Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Finish it all up with a good heaping drizzle of sweetened condensed milk. Wash your forks, people. You're going to need them.

Sweetened Condensed Milk for Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Admire your creations, then toss them in the fridge for a few minutes to let that milk seep in and find happiness.

Milk Soaking into Tres Leches Cakes

Frost your cakes up some serious fresh whipped cream.

Frost Tres Leches Cake with Whipped Cream

Second layer goes over the first, then a pretty layer of cream covers the rest of the cake.

Frost Tres Leches Cakes with Whipped Cream

For a fun garnish, peel cucumber skin into long strips, then cut the tips into pointy little "V" shapes.

Garnishing Tres Leches Cake

Arrange these "holly leaves" on top of the cake with cranberries or raspberries placed all around.

Tres Leches Cake Decorated

Slice. Serve. Stand underneath the mistletoe and let all your holiday wishes come true!

Tres Leches Cake Ready to Eat

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Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen where she shares fun family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!

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