Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

This has to be one of my favorite cakes. Ever. I get so many compliments on this cake and I wanted to share the love with y’all. Now, I’m not a fan of the traditional tres leches, but this is different. If you don’t like traditional tres leches, I want to encourage you to try this cake. Chocolate and homemade whipped cream? YUM.

tres-leches-ingredients.jpgIngredients: Picture above is most (but not all) of the ingredients

Cake–
1 box of any type of chocolate cake (or homemade cake is cool too)
1 small 3.9 oz. box of chocolate pudding
4 eggs
1/3 c. oil
1 1/4 c. water
Milks–
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 12oz. can evaporated milk
1 c. half and half
1/4 c. cocoa powder
Whipped Cream Topping–
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your baking dish with some butter. Bake in the dish you plan to serve in because this is the same dish you will soak your cake in.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the box mix and pudding and whisk together. Then add in the eggs, oil, and water and mix until combined.
Pre Bakes.jpg
3. Pour into greased dish and bake for 30 minutes.
4. Once the cake is done, allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
5. While it is cooling, get your three milks together. In a mixing bowl, combine first the sweetened condensed milk and the cocoa powder. This milk will help combine all the powder and get rid of the lumps. Once the lumps are gone, add in the evaporated milk and half and half.
6. Use the end of a wooden spoon (or fake wooden spoon) to poke holes in your cake.

7. Pour the milks evenly over the cake and into the holes.
8. Allow the cake to soak overnight.
9. For the whipped cream, in a bowl combine the heavy whipping cream and the vanilla. I like to use the Mexican vanilla shown below. Beat with either a hand mixer or a stand mixer for about 20 seconds. Add in your sugar a little bit at a time (adjust to your preferred sweetness if you don’t want to add the full cup). Beat until you get stiff peaks.
vanilla

10. The next day, you can frost your cake with the whipped cream and top with your choice of berries. I love strawberries, so that’s what I always use. I would recommend using a big spoon to serve the cake because of the milks.
11. Enjoy this delicious dessert!

Chocolate Tres Leches

Not a super pretty cake, but still really yummy!

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