- 1 box vanilla or white cake mix
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup water
- 4 eggs
- 2 cans coconut milk
- 1 can condensed milk
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 cup whipped cream
- Shaved toasted coconut, if desired
We are not ones to shun pre-mixes. They make life easier, faster, and sometimes even more delicious. A tres leches cake can be time-consuming to build from scratch, but we decided to cheat the system by using a boxed cake mix for its base, so you can have your cake in an hour.
We adapted our use of the cake mix, but you can actually just follow the recipe on the box if you prefer, and skip to the soaking part. Be patient with letting the milk really sink in, and don’t forget to poke a lot of holes so that the cake absorbs the milk faster and better. You can also lift the sides of the cake to hasten this process. What you’ll end up with is a cake that is so refreshing when just pulled out of the fridge, perfect for these hot summer afternoons.
Top with shaved toasted coconut, if using.