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Coconut Tres Leches

Sandi Gaertner
A delicious homemade gluten free tres leches cake recipe that is perfect for any occasion. Three milks blend together to make this creamy tres leches cake.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Gluten Free Cake Recipes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 people
Calories 705 kcal


  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder sifted
  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend *see note
  • gluten free cooking spray
  • 15 ounce can cream of coconut
  • 14 ounce can coconut milk
  • 14 ounce heavy manufacturing cream


  • Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees.
  • Heat sweetened coconut milk until melted. Add coconut milk and heavy cream and heat until simmering (do not boil). Set aside until ready to use.
  • For the cake batter, place eggs, sugar, vanilla and water in the bowl of electric mixer fitted with a whip attachment. Whip on high speed until tripled in volume or ribbon stage. Sift flour and baking powder together. Using a whip, fold flour mixture into egg mixture until smooth.
  • Wrap the bottom of each ring mold with a piece of aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. Fill each mold ¾ full and bake on a sheet pan at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. Cakes should rise and fall when cooked. Using a fork, poke a few holes in the top of each cake then ladle 6 to 8 ounces of coconut milk on top of each cake cake should absorb all the milk add more milk if necessary . Refrigerate overnight or at least 3 hours.
  • When ready to plate, carefully remove foil while tilting cake slightly sideways without letting it slide out. Slide it onto a plate and remove the ring mold garnish with whipped cream, toasted coconut and your favorite fruit sauce with berries. Makes five to six individual cakes.


  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. This cake will keep up to 3 days in an air-tight container.
  4. You can make one large cake by using a springform pan.
  5. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the donut. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the donuts need to bake longer.


Serving: 1gCalories: 705kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 7gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 251mgPotassium: 206mgFiber: 4gSugar: 63gVitamin A: 878IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 154mgIron: 2mg
Keyword gluten free tres leches cake, milk cake, three milk cake recipe, tres leches cake recipe
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