Tres Leches Cake from Guatemala! Cakes from around the world series for ‘Pick the World’

Cake adventures and culture

Hello sweet readers from so many different countries!  I know you must be interested in cakes from all around the world. And as laChouett hosts a weekly ‘Pick the World’ event I thought I’d finally make a contribution!


This week it’s about Guatamela and I discovered they do a version of the ‘tres leches cake’ that I’ve been curious about for a while. Leche means milk by the way and there are three (tres) different kinds of milk involved:  regular, evaporated and condensed!  Then I found a blog appropriately named Cross Cultural Recipes’ with lots of international recipes including Tres Leches cake from Guatemala.  If you like, you can also see some photos here.

Now I haven’t tried making this cake yet, but I do intend to one day! 🙂  Coincidentally, fellow baker Michelle from Giraffes Can Bake posted a Tres leches cake recipe today so that could be interesting.  She refers to the cake as being from Mexico and it seems it is also popular in many Latin, Central or South American countries.  Here’s another recipe in Spanish:  Pastel Tres Leches.

But I have a few questions for you dear reader:

Have you ever eaten or made tres leches cake and from which country?

Do you have any advice for me about making this cake or any other comments?

Would you like to make this cake too and we can compare notes?!

Bye for now and happy Guatemala day!!! 🙂

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Baking on Sundays with my French mum was a lovely part of my childhood. Later I experimented with baking books or internet recipes and did the pâtisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Still trying out new recipes and inventing cakes with influences from all around the world, including some healthier ones. Yes, love cakes!!! Hope you'll love them too and have fun baking. :)

14 thoughts on “Tres Leches Cake from Guatemala! Cakes from around the world series for ‘Pick the World’”

      • I think Tres Leches cake must be more common in the States, cause I never really came across it in the UK. I’m getting more and more inspired though as people like yourself are telling me you love it!! If it’s not too complicated would you be interested in participating in a tres leches challenge!? I think it’s a good way for people to be inspired to try something out, in a ‘group’! Plus you’d get to eat it more often! 🙂 miam miam!

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      • That’s great! 🙂 I’m going to be a bit busy, so hope you don’t all mind waiting to do it as an April ‘challenge’/’group bake’… It’ll give me time to do some research and set it up. I’m already visualising our little group of tres leches cakes! 🙂

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    • Another tres leches fan! I must track some down here in Barcelona. Think I’ll go to the Mexican restaurant round the corner tomorrow and do some field research – ie. buy a cake! Ever thought about making one? Anyway, hope you can find some in Wisconsin soon! It sounds like a great special treat… 🙂


  1. Hola, Lili! As I mentioned once, the Lady’s favorite cake is Tres Leches cake. She has never made one herself, but the best one she has had came from a Mexican bakery here in NY. She likes it because it is moist but not too sweet.

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    • Hola Albert! I do remember you saying that… which is in part what encouraged me to write this very post! Moist but not too sweet sounds great. Am defiinitely more and more inspired… Would your Lady be interested in making one perhaps? I was toying with the idea of a tres leches challenge to encourage us all to make the cake, but perhaps everyone would just like me to post the recipe, as per normal! 🙂 Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

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