Did you know that Cinco de Mayo happens to fall on Taco Tuesday this year?  How perfect is that!  It gives you an even better reason to celebrate with dessert… of course.  Honestly, anything would do but this Tres Leches Cake with a Cake Mix is just right.  A moist vanilla cake with three milks and topped with whipped topping and fruit.  This cake and Taco Tuesday go together perfectly!  Keep scrolling to see how you can make it for your celebration.

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Do you eat tacos on Tuesdays?  We don’t always but when I was young we ate tacos every week on Saturdays after church.

We would always say that we were having “Tacos at Taco Bills” because Bill is my dad’s name.  It was a family tradition that I will always remember.  My mom will be proud of me for remembering.

I don’t ever remember us having dessert though.  Probably because we were so full but this Tres Leches Cake would have gotten gobbled up in approximately 2.2 seconds.

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Tres Leches Cake with a Cake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

How to Make Tres Leches Cake with a Cake Mix

Combine a vanilla cake mix, 1 stick of melted butter, 1 cup of milk, 4 eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla.  Mix using a hand-held mixer {or by hand} until everything is incorporated.

Tres Leches Cake with a Cake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Pour the mixture into a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.  

Tres Leches Cake with a Cake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

You will know it is done when a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let it cool for 15-20 minutes.

Tres Leches Cake with a Cake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

While the tres leches cake is cooling whisk together 1 1/4 cups milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk and 1-16 oz. can of evaporated milk.  I like to mix it in a pitcher or something that is easy to pour.

After the cake has cooled for at least 15 minutes, poke holes in it using a toothpick or skewer.  I would suggest holes every inch or so.

Tres Leches Cake with a Cake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Then pour the milk mixture over the top of the cake, making sure to evenly distribute it over all of the holes you poked.

Tres Leches Cake with a Cake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Refrigerate cake for at least 1 hour but preferably longer.  Then top with Cool Whip and fresh fruit.

Can Tres Leches Cake be Made Ahead of Time

Yes!  You can make it 1 or 2 days ahead of time.  This will actually give it longer to soak up all of the milk and be ultra moist.

You can either top with the cool whip ahead of time or top with the cool whip and fruit just before serving.

Tres Leches Cake with a Cake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

I have cut it into 12 pieces but you could easily get 16-20 pieces of Tres Leche Cake, depending on how big of servings you prefer.  

The flavor and texture is spot on.  It will go perfectly with whatever you decide to serve for Taco Tuesday or…you could do what I always suggest and have dessert first!

5 Tips for the Best Tres Leches Cake with a Cake Mix:

  1. Let the cake cool before poking holes.  If you poke holes too early, then the cake will stick to whatever you use to make the holes.
  2. Mix the milk mixture together well before pouring.  You want the milks to be mixed well and evenly distributed over the cake.
  3. Allow time for the cake to refrigerate after pouring the milk on.  I suggest at least an hour but longer is even better.
  4. Keep cake refrigerated.  
  5. Serve with seasonal fresh fruit right before serving.

Tres Leches Cake with a Cake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Do want more desserts for Cinco de Mayo?  Try these recipes…

Tres Leche Cake with a Cake Mix

A moist and delicious vanilla cake is made even more special with a drizzle of 3 milks and a covering of whipped topping and fresh berries.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 15.25 oz box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 stick butter {melted}
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Milk Mixture

  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 16 oz. can evaporated milk

Toppings

  • 1 tub whipped topping
  • 1 cup fresh fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

  2. Combine cake ingredients and mix with a hand held mixer {or by hand}. Mix until all of the ingredients are nicely combined {about 2 minutes}. Pour into the prepared 9x13 pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cake is cooked through. You can tell it is finished when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes.

  3. While the cake is cooling combine the milk mixture and whisk. Once the cake has cooled poke holes in the top of the cake with a tooth pick or skewer. Poke the holes about about an inch apart all over the top of the cake. Then pour the milk mixture evenly over the top of the cake. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably longer.

  4. Once the cake has refrigerated for at least an hour, top with whipped topping and fresh berries. Serve or refrigerate for up to 4 days.