Cinco De Mayo Menu – Tres Leches Cake (Pastel De Tres Leches)

by Janell on May 1, 2016

Thanks to Tampico Punch for sponsoring this fiesta! #TampicodeMayo #DrinkTampico

Cinco De Mayo Menu - Tres Leches Cake (Pastel De Tres Leches) #TampicodeMayo #DrinkTampico

We lived in Mexico City for 12 years and never had a Cinco De Mayo party. Did you realize that Cinco de Mayo is only celebrated in 1 state in all of Mexico? It is not their Independence Day (that’s in September) but it is a celebration of a battle that was won in Pubela. Here is the US, it’s a pretty big day to celebrate and eat tacos!

If you plan on having a party, I have put together the perfect menu for you. With just a few things you will be able to have the perfect fiesta!

Cinco De Mayo Menu - Tres Leches Cake (Pastel De Tres Leches) #TampicodeMayo #DrinkTampico

Cinco De Mayo Party Menu:

The tostadas are so delicious! If you can get to a Mexican store and buy Mexican creama, it will complete the flavor.

Cinco De Mayo Menu - Tres Leches Cake (Pastel De Tres Leches) #TampicodeMayo #DrinkTampico

Tampico punch comes in so many yummy flavors. Adults and children will love the high-quality and value-priced, fruit-flavored juice drinks has served its line of irresistible, thirst-quenching beverages for more than 25 years. We loved to drink Tampico punch in Mexico and we love that it is also available in the United States. It’s my go-to drink for any parties we have.

You always have to have dessert, so I am sharing my favorite cake recipe with you. Don’t let all the ingredients keep you from making this recipe. It is totally worth it! Once you make it, it will be your favorite recipe to impress people!

Cinco De Mayo Menu - Tres Leches Cake (Pastel De Tres Leches) #TampicodeMayo #DrinkTampico

Tres Leches Cake

Printable Recipe

Cake ingredients

  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 5 Eggs, divided
  • 1 cup Sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon caramel extract
  • 1/3 cup Milk

Tres Leche Mixture

  • 1 (12 oz.) Can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened, Condensed Milk
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream

Icing Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 circle pans and set aside. (Coat these very well so they just slide out of the pan.)

Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.

Cinco De Mayo Menu - Tres Leches Cake (Pastel De Tres Leches) #TampicodeMayo #DrinkTampico
Using a mixer, Beat egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar on high speed until yolks are pale yellow.

Stir in milk and caramel extract.

Add the flour, baking powder, and salt over the egg yolk mixture and stir very gently until combined.

Cinco De Mayo Menu - Tres Leches Cake (Pastel De Tres Leches) #TampicodeMayo #DrinkTampico

In a clean bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. Add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until egg whites are stiff.

fold egg whites

Gently fold the egg white mixture into the batter until it is just combined.

Pour into your round cake pans and let the cake mix spread evenly in the pans.

done cake

Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Once the cake has cooled a little put 1 of the cakes onto a rimmed cake plate and let it cool completely. (It needs to have a rim so the milk doesn’t spill over.)

In a bowl (or 4 cup measuring cup), combine sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and ¼ cup heavy whipping cream and set aside.

poke holes

When cake is cool, pierce the cake with a fork several times. Slowly drizzle about 1 cup of the milk mixture—try to get as much around the edges of the cake as you can. Let this first layer sit for about 30 minutes.

pour milk

soak milk


In another bowl whip 2 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream with 4 tablespoons of sugar until it is thick and looks like a thick whipped cream.

Make whipped cream

frost layer

Spread a layer of the whipped topping on top of the first cake. Then add the second cake and poke it with holes and pour about another cup of the milk mixture. (You will actually have about a cup of the mixture left over.)

Wait about another 30 minutes for all the milk to be absorbed. (If you have too much you can tilt the pan over the sink but the cake should absorb the milk.)

Finish icing your cake with the rest of the whipped topping. Serve and enjoy!

**Make sure you keep this cake in the refrigerator.

There you have it! You are ready to throw the perfect Cinco de Mayo party! What else will you serve at your party?


Jeanine May 2, 2016 at 8:00 am

Yum this looks and sounds delicious! I love me any kind of cake! I’ve never really done anything for Cinco De Mayo before, but I bet my family would appreciate this!

Sarah Bailey May 2, 2016 at 9:44 am

Oh wow what a fantastic party lay out – that cake looks absolutely delicious – I’m going to have give making it a try !x

Akhil Sharma May 2, 2016 at 11:50 am

I’ve heard that this day is dedicated to the legendary defeat of french forces, and maybe that is why it is confused with the independence day; since it is also about bravery and pride. Nevertheless, I never thought that it doesn’t take much effort to celebrate it with simple food. Thanks for sharing this mouth watering recipe.

Pam May 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm

I love Tres Leches cake! I always get it from the local Guatemalan bakery and have never tried making it myself. I need to make it ASAP!

Toughcookiemommy May 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm

I love Tres Leches cake and haven’t had it in a long time. I would love to be able to make it at home but I think I might be in trouble if I do that.

Liz Mays May 3, 2016 at 5:12 am

Ok I’m totally in love with that cake. I need it in my life as soon as possible!

Ann Bacciaglia May 3, 2016 at 8:15 am

This cake recipe looks delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients i need to make this on the weekend,

Marielle Altenor May 3, 2016 at 12:40 pm

I haven’t had Tampico juices since I moved back to Montreal in 2005! What a yummy looking cake! The recipe sounds really simple too! I love baked goods that use Sweetened, Condensed Milk.

Lisa Rios May 4, 2016 at 7:03 am

Sounds like a wonderful party idea. The cake recipe looks delicious and easy to make though I have never tried out Tres Leches before. I love that Mango juice from Tampico as well!

Christina Aliperti May 4, 2016 at 10:48 am

This is my favorite cake ever! It is so decadent and rich. Tampico is always in our fridge, we love the mango flavor.

Rajee Pandi May 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm

love to try it

Leigh Anne Borders May 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm

I honestly have never heard of this before. I need to try this cake and Tampico.

Sandra Watts May 14, 2016 at 9:30 am

The cake looks really good. I can say I have not made it before but it looks so moist I will have to try.

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