Hellooooo from Austin, Texas! We haven’t even been here 24 hours and we’ve already eaten a boat load of tacos, hit up a couple of happy hours, and had some pizza from a neighborhood hot spot. I’d say we’re well on our way to sufficiently enjoying the culinary gems that Austin has to offer.
Is it bad that even though I’m sufficiently full from all of our eating adventures so far that I could reallllllly go for a slice of this Mexican Chocolate Tres Leches Cake? That darn sweet tooth gets me every time!
I made this Mexican Chocolate Tres Leches Cake for the Cinco de Mayo dinner party we had. Holy man, was it good. If you’re not familiar with tres leches cake, it is typically a white cake soaked with three kinds of milk. Whole milk, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk. And as if that isn’t enough, it is topped with a whipped cream frosting.
I have my two stand-by tres leches cake recipes with this traditional one and my Rum Chata version. Of course I can never leave well enough alone and wanted to make a chocolate version. I mean, chocolate’s kinda my thing, y’know?
This cake is rich in chocolate from the chocolate cake and chocolate milk in the milk mixture that is poured over the cake. Yeah, seriously.
p.s. don’t you want to just dive head first into that cake pan?!?!
The cake also stays true to the Mexican chocolate theme. It has a distinct hint of cinnamon along with a pinch of cayenne pepper. The pepper is for that heat that hits you at the end of your bite. I added the cayenne to both the cake and the frosting. If you want to tone down the heat, you can leave it out of the frosting. But really, the hint of spice really makes this cake so much fun! It kept me coming back for bite after bite…
This cake is definitely best made a little in advance. You want the cake to have time to soak up all of the delicious milk mixture. I think making the cake the night before and then soaking it with the milk mixture in the morning is the best timeline. It’s also 100% best cold, so you’ll need to keep it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
You guyssss I seriously can’t wait to make this cake again!
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