This awesome chocolate tres leches cake is really just a chocolate buttermilk cake in disguise. It also is the best way to get your chocolate milk fix. Just sayin’!
Tres Leches Cakes are always special. They also keep well and stay incredibly moist. Go figure!
I had never made a tres leches cake recipe until about 5 years ago. In fact, I never even knew what a tres leches cake was. I had always seen fun and decorative cakes in the Mexican bakeries but never knew that they were tres leches cakes.
So what is a tres leches cake?
A three milk cake, tres leches cakes are thought to derive from an English trifle or an Italian tiramisu. It was when Nestles printed a recipe on the back of a condensed milk can in the 1930’s that tres leches cake became a Mexican standard dessert. Thank goodness!
Tres leches cakes always contain three different milks. Being a chocolate lover, I love that this one contains chocolate milk. As for the cake, a tres leches cake is usually made from a fluffy sponge cake base. Others prefer a pound cake base. Whatever your choice, it is the adding of the milks that make a tres leches cake.
In actuality, this cake might even be considered a poke cake. After it is baked it is necessary to poke holes throughout the surface so the milk can soak into the cake.
Toppings for tres leches cakes are often whipped cream, but meringues can work, too.
This is a cake to have fun with and when you think about all the flavored milks out there you certainly should be able to make your own favorite combination.
My previously posted coconut rum tres leches cake was a true sponge cake. It contained flour, eggs, sugar and vanilla as the base of the cake. Not true with this one.
This divine chocolate cake is just a chocolate buttermilk cake disguised as a tres leches cake. Whatever. This cake is awesome with or without the added milks.
The added chocolate, evaporated and condensed milks, the tres leches, just add extra flavor and moistness. The whipped cream on the top just throws this over the top.
So get our your skewer, poke away, and enjoy this disguised chocolate cake.
I added some coffee syrup around the cake and some coffee crystals to the whipped cream which give this just a hint of mocha. If you don’t like coffee, please leave it out.
Tres Leches cakes are easy to make. They just require a bit of time in the fridge for all the milk to soak in. Easily made in a 13 x 9 pan, they do serve a crowd. But they also keep in case you don’t have one!
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- 1/2 c hot coffee
- 6 T unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 c buttermilk
- 2 t vanilla
- 1 c sugar
- 3/4 c flour
- 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 4 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 c sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 c evaporated milk
- 1/2 c chocolate milk
- 2 c heavy cream, whipped until stiff peaks form
- 1 t instant espresso
- Grated chocolate for garnish
*Does not include refrigerated time. Cake should be refrigerated for at least 60 minutes.
*Slightly adapted from A Sweet Eats
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