MIND BLOWING Tres Leches CUPCAKES!! This super easy Mexican inspired dessert is perfect for parties! So delicious!

Tres Leches Cupcakes are a light and airy cupcake that’s filled with three decadent and creamy milks, then topped with a fluffy whipped cream and dusting of cinnamon sugar.

MIND BLOWING Tres Leches CUPCAKES!! This super easy Mexican inspired dessert is perfect for parties! So delicious!pinterestAre you familiar with Tres Leches cake? It’s a light, sponge-like cake that’s soaked in three milks (tres leches). Typically the cake is made in a larger form, but I wanted something that was more portable and perfect for single serving.     Find more cupcakes here.

This Mexican-inspired dessert is a light yet indulgent treat that is really a breeze to make.

Light and fluffy Tres Leches Cupcakes filled with three types of milks for an indulgent treat that's so delicious!

How To Make Tres Leches Cupcakes:

  • You’ll start by creating your cake batter from scratch. That might sound intimidating, but I promise this is such a super easy recipe! I’ve made it with a hand mixer and stand mixer and both ways work amazing!
  • Since this cake is meant to absorb the three milks, the cake needs to be a light sponge cake. To do this we have to separate the egg yolks and egg whites, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and then gently fold back into the batter. This creates air pockets in the cupcake that can absorb all the milk later on.
  • Once the cupcakes have cooled you’ll want to score the tops of them with a knife or fork to allow the milk to seep in.

Score the tops of the cupcakes to allow the milks to seep in and soak up.

What Milks go into Tres Leches Cake?

This recipe calls for three types of milk that are whisked together until smooth then slowly added to each cupcake.

  • Heavy Cream
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Evaporated Milk

You don’t need to add any other sweeteners or flavorings to the milk mixture! It’s so simple!

WOW! These Tres Leches Cupcakes are filled with three types of milk and topped with a light and airy whipped cream topping! So delicious and SO EASY!

You might be wondering if the cupcake wrappers are durable enough to hold in all the liquid from the cupcakes? YES! There is ZERO leaking through or soggy wrapper bottoms. I’ve never had an issue with them making a mess when transporting either.

But seriously, can we all just take a moment and marvel at that gorgeous cupcake?

MIND BLOWING Tres Leches CUPCAKES!! This super easy Mexican inspired dessert is perfect for parties! So delicious!

These Tres Leches Cupcakes should definitely be made pronto. Grab a fork and dig in!

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Tres Leches Cupcakes

These Tres Leches Cupcakes are light and fluffy cupcakes filled with three creamy milks and topped with a light and fluffy whipped cream frosting.

  • Author: Shawn Syphus | I Wash You Dry
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 whole eggs; separated
  • 1 cup Sugar; divided
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Tres Leches:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (10oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8oz) can evaporated milk

For the Topping:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 to 4 tbsp powdered sugar
  • cinnamon sugar
  • fresh sliced strawberries


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

For the Cupcakes:

  1. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  2. In another two bowls separate the egg yolks and whites. To the yolks add 3/4 cup of sugar. Beat with a mixer until yolks are pale yellow and fluffy. Add coconut milk and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Slowly, and gently incorporate yolk mixture into flour mixture.
  3. Beat egg whites on high until soft peaks form. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Gently fold egg whites into batter until incorporated being careful not to over mix.
  4. Scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely (about 10 minutes).

For the Tres Leches:

  1. In a bowl combine 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, one can of sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk. Whisk until smooth and combined.
  2. Score the tops of each cupcake with a sharp knife so liquid can easily be absorbed.
  3. Pour one tablespoon at a time into each cupcake, let it absorb and continue until you have put 3 tablespoons into each cupcake. Let them stand and absorb for about 20 minutes.

For the Topping:

  1. Beat the heavy whipping cream in a large bowl until soft peaks form, add the powdered sugar and continue to beat until stiff. Pipe the whipped cream onto each cupcake and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and top with fresh sliced strawberries.


Store cupcakes loosely covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I recommend topping with the whipped cream topping just before serving.


  • Serving Size: 24 cupcakes

Originally published on 5/19/2011. Updated photography & recipe on 3/1/2018.


MIND BLOWING Tres Leches CUPCAKES!! This super easy Mexican inspired dessert is perfect for parties! So delicious!

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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
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      1. Marlene

        They sound awesome and am making them for a get-together this Saturday. I’ve made so many of your recipes and loved them! Thanks for helping me create great meals!

  1. Kristen

    These look so delicious! I have been looking for a good Tres Leches cupcake recipe for some time. These will be perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

  2. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}

    Those look dangerously good! My hubby lived in Argentina for awhile and loves tres leches. Great recipe Shawn!

  3. Krystal and Brad Cooley

    YUMMY indeed! I'll have to make those one day. This weekend I have to make two cakes for a block party. They are delicious and they're actually Weight Watcher friendly! So they might not be the healthiest thing, but better than most cakes! So people are more likely to eat it. The ingredient list is SO EASY. Maybe I'll put the recipe up on my blog! It's got vanilla cake mix, pudding, some eggs, crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, cool whip, and that's almost about it! 🙂

  4. Sandy

    I'm going to have to try these! I love getting that at cafe rio! If these taste as good as you say you may have just become my new favorite person!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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