Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chocolate tres leches cake

Remember a few months ago I made a tres leches cake? Ever since I've been thinking about it, but wondering if I could make it into a chocolate cake. Oh boy, I sure could! It's (obviously) a totally different flavor profile, but still just as good as the regular one. I searched all over the internet and couldn't find a recipe that sounded like the one I was looking for, so I just winged it. I wanted a dark chocolatey cake, a chocolatey milk mixture, and chocolate whipped cream. I settled on one of my favorite cakes, Richard's chocolate cake. The rest I fudged. Ha!

Chocolate tres leches cake
I'm not going to post the whole cake recipe, but here's the process. 

1 recipe Richard's famous chocolate cake
1 can condensed milk
2 oz chocolate (I used dark but I might use unsweetened next time)
1 can evaporated milk
1 pint heavy cream
2 T sugar
2 T cocoa powder

Bake the cake according to the instructions. When it's cooled, poke holes all over the top with a fork. Don't worry if it's messy, the top to this cake is a little sticky. You're going to cover it with whipped cream anyway. 

Combine the condensed milk and the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat for a minute or two in the microwave, until the chocolate melts in the warm milk when stirred. Add in the evaporated milk and 1/4 c heavy cream. This is going to make about twice as much milk as you need, but just go with it. Save the extra chocolate milk for hot chocolate or adding into your coffee. Slowly pour over about 2 cups of the chocolate milk mixture and let sit. 

To make the whipped cream and finish the cake, combine the rest of the cream with the sugar and cocoa powder and whip until thick. Spread over the top of the cake and serve. Store in the fridge, this cake is even better the second day. Or the third. 


  1. Travels4Food8:44 AM

    Okay, you're some kind of a mind reader. It's my partner's birthday this weekend, and her favorite cake is chocolate with whipped-cream icing. I wasn't planning to bake her a cake, but now I can see I have no choice...

  2. Ooh this sounds evil! Yum.

  3. Wow...I thought Tres leches Cake was decadent, but CHOCOLATE tres leches cake? Now that's taking it to a whole new level......that I love! There was always something missing for me in this cake, and now I know what it was!

  4. Whoa... That sounds good! Amazing, even. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Anonymous12:32 PM

    I made this to sample for our customers at our food co-op today using chocolate chips (instead of the 2oz chocolate) and with our in-house GF (and vegan) chocolate cake mix - delish and it took no time at all to make!!! I just discovered your blog and I have added to my blogroll. Fantastic photos, and keep up the good work!

    1. Annabella1:52 AM

      How did you make it without using condensed and evaporated milk if it's vegan?

  6. Made it but is still sitting on the bench.  *waits* I'm sure will be yummy though!!!

  7. Oh no! This looks scrumptiously delectable! My tummy's grumbling for this now =P Can't wait for the exams to finish so I can make this! Thanks for sharing the recipe :D

  8. Anonymous1:34 AM

    You said, it's twice as much milk mixture as you need and its better the next day - try this, use all of the mixture even though it looks like too much, and then let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours, trust me it will soak up all of the mixture, then frost it and enjoy.