Go Back

Lemon Tres Leches Cake

This lemon tres leches cake is a bright, refreshing twist on the classic! Fresh lemon flavor adds something wonderful to this decadent cake.
4.90 from 28 votes
Leave a Review »


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 lemons, zest freshly grated
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk

lemon whipped cream

  • 1 ½ cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon lemon extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with nonstick baking spray.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In the bowl of your electric stand mixer (or using a hand held mixer), beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the zest, vanilla and lemon extracts. Add in the dry ingredients slowly, with the mixer on low speed. Beat until combined.
  • Pour the cake batter in the 9x13 dish. Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the center is set.
  • When the cake is done, let it cool completely. Use a fork and poke holes all over the top.
  • Whisk together the whole milk, condensed milk and evaporated milk. Pour the milks all over the top of the cake. It will soak into the cake.
  • To make the whipped cream, beat the heavy cream with the sugar and extracts until peaks form. Spread the whipped cream on top of the cake. I like to refrigerate this for at least 1 hour before serving, or longer! Store the cake in the fridge when not serving it.


adapted from this confetti tres leches

Did you make this recipe?

Be sure to follow @howsweeteats on instagram and tag #howsweeteats. You can also post a photo of your recipe to our facebook page.
I appreciate you so much!