Tres Leches Mug Cake

I just celebrated another year of life, and my only wish was to indulge in tres leches cake. I remember when I first tried tres leches at a birthday party; the minute the wet bread entered my mouth, I was hooked. While I’ve never been one to crave cakes, tres leches is just too amazing to not crave. I decided rather than spend all my day cooking up a normal-sized cake (that would be so hard not to eat all of!), I figured out how to make a simpler and much smaller version to satisfy my craving for tres leches.

Tres leches cake is a traditional Mexican three-milk cake. It consists of regular milk, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk as the base for the rich milk sauce. This deliciously sweet milk concoction is then prepared, added to a cake, and left to absorb all the liquids hours in advance. It honestly is way too much work in my opinion. While delicious, I’d be the only one eating the cake since my family here aren’t such fans of the wet bread.

With so much work involved, it’s hard to find a delicious tres leches cake. Most times, the cake is too wet or not wet enough. Sometimes the tres leches isn’t sweet enough to my liking.

Lucky for me, I was able to create a simpler version with just as much flavor as the traditional tres leches cake I remember enjoying. My birthday gift to myself was being able to create my favorite cake instantly! My version involves a microwave and a short time of refrigerating, as this cake is best eaten cold.

Create this easy Mexican treat in a mug by following the directions below:

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    Tres leches mug cake is easy to make. Make it at home to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by following the easy recipe. 

  • Tres leches mug cake ingredients 2 of 15
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    To create this tres leches mug cake, you will need:

    Yellow cake mix, Angel food cake mix, Heavy cream, La Lechera 3oz can, Carnation evaporated milk 5oz, Milk (whole or 2% works best), Vanilla extract or imitation, Large Ziplock bag, Powdered sugar, Water

  • Combine both cake mixes 3 of 15
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    Take both cake mixes and put them both into a large ziplock bag. Shake it up in the bag to mix completely. 

  • Combine cake mix ingredients 4 of 15
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  • Cake mix ingredients 5 of 15
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    You will need to add 6 tablespoons of combined cake mix into a mug with 1/4 cup of water.

  • Mix batter 6 of 15
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    With a fork, mix cake batter and water until combined. 

  • Cook for 2 minutes 7 of 15
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    Place mug in microwave and cook for approximately 2 minutes. 

  • Cake done 8 of 15
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    You know the cake is done if it feels spongy and it removes itself from the inner wall. You can also poke with a fork as you do with a regular cake in the oven.

  • Cool cake 9 of 15
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    Place your cake in the freezer for a fast cool down or the refrigerator if you don't plan to eat soon. 

  • Tres leches ingredients 10 of 15
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    While your cake cools, prepare the tres leches you will drench the cake in. 

    You will need:

    2 tablespoons of condensed milk, 1 tablespoon of evaporated milk, 1 tablespoon of heavy cream, ½ tsp of vanilla, 1 tablespoon of milk

    Mix well and set aside.

  • Get your cake wet 11 of 15
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    Check on your cake — is it cooled down yet? If it is, poke it a few times with a fork to get some holes ready to absorb the tres leches. 

    Pour the tres leches onto the cake. Refrigerate while you prepare the topping or eat straight out of the mug now and enjoy!

  • Whipped topping ingredients 12 of 15
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    If you decide to wait on the cake and create the whipped topping, I'm right with you. 

    You will need:

    2 tablespoons of heavy cream, ½ tsp of powdered sugar, ¼ tsp of vanilla

     

  • Mix whipped topping 13 of 15
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    Whip all the ingredients until combined and you have a soft peak.

    Taste your topping. It will have a light fluffy texture and will be sweet. 

    Tip: beware of over mixing — you will end up with a huge mess. 

  • Flip the cake out of mug 14 of 15
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    Flip your cake out of the mug. If you find it to be a struggle, use a butter knife to go around the edges.

    Flip the cake onto a plate and top with the whipped topping. 

  • Decorate and serve 15 of 15
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    Tres leches can also be decorated with sprinkles. Cherries and strawberries are also some of my favorites to top my tres leches cake. 

    Serve and enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

Yellow cake mix

Angel food cake mix

Heavy cream

La Lechera (I used a 3 ounce can)

Carnation evaporated milk (I used a 5 ounce can)

Milk (whole or 2% works best)

Vanilla extract or imitation

Large Ziplock bag

Powdered sugar

Water

Directions:

Prepare the cake
Mix both cake mix and angel food mix together in a ziplock bag and shake to combine.

Add 6 tablespoons of combined cake mix into a mug and 1/4 cup of water. (Save your sealed bag of cake mixes for future mug cakes!)

Mix until combined and heat in microwave for about 1 ½ -2mins until nice and spongy. Test with a fork to make sure it’s fully cooked; it will also look like it separated from the sides of the mug.

Insert into freezer or refrigerator while you prepare the milk mixture and topping.

Prepare the Tres leches
2 tablespoons of condensed milk

1 tablespoon of evaporated milk

1 tablespoon of heavy cream

½ tsp of vanilla

1 tablespoon of milk

Mix well and set aside.

Prepare the whipped topping (Mexican frosting)
2 table spoons of heavy cream

½ tsp of powdered sugar

¼ tsp of vanilla

Whip until combined and you have a soft peak.

Tip: beware over mixing, or you will end up with a huge mess.

Putting it all together
Remove cake from fridge or freezer. Using a fork, make some holes for the tres leches to drip in to.

Pour tres leches into cake, then let it sit for another 5 minutes in the refrigerator or until ready to serve.

Remove from mug by turning out onto a plate and top with the mexican whipped topping!

Enjoy!

 

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