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Red velvet cake meets tres leches cake in this festive dessert.

Red Velvet Tres Leches on Taste and Tell

I will totally admit that sometimes I start to get a too comfortable in the kitchen. Thinking that I can do no wrong. That I really know what I’m doing. After all, it is what I do for a living. But almost always, when I feel like I have it all together, I have a recipe (or two) that just don’t work out like I want it to. This year, red velvet week has done that to me.

This cake was actually a total failure the first time I made it. Well, I shouldn’t say total failure, because it was still totally edible, but it wasn’t what I was going for the first time around. I thought I’d get all creative and try to make a cheesecake-ish filling that would soak into the cake. Only it didn’t soak. It just went around the edges of the cake, and the cake itself was completely dry. So I ended up going with what I knew would work, and guess what? It was just perfect!!

I’m a huge fan of tres leches cake, so I knew I’d love a red velvet version. And while a traditional tres leches cake has a whipped cream topping, I wanted to add in the cheesecake element somewhere, so the topping on this is a little heavier, but still extremely delicious. And since this starts off with a boxed cake mix, it’s super easy to make.

I think this cake would be the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert!!

Red Velvet Tres Leches recipe

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Red Velvet Tres Leches Cake
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Red velvet cake meets tres leches cake in this festive dessert.
Serves: 12 servings
  • 1 (18.25 oz) Red Velvet Cake mix, plus ingredients called for on the box
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 (16 oz) container nondairy topping (such as Cool Whip)
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • mini chocolate chips, optional
  1. Prepare cake mix according to the box directions.
  2. In a bowl, combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and cream. While the cake is still warm, poke holes through the cake. Pour the milk mixture over the cake and allow the liquid to soak into the cake. Cool completely.
  3. To prepare the frosting, beat together the topping, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Spread over the top of the cooled cake. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, if desired.

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30 Responses to Red Velvet Tres Leches Cake {Red Velvet Week}

  1. Rosa says:

    Divine! A cake I’d love to taste.



  2. It must be something about a cake like this…I had one fail recently too! I’m glad you tried again because this looks awesome! I love the cream cheese topping!!!

  3. Awesome! The addition of a cream cheese frosting sounds perfect for the flavors of this cake. It’s so pretty! 🙂

  4. How perfect for Valentine’s Day

  5. This looks so fabulous! And great for Valentine’s Day!

  6. Incredible! Such a pretty and festive cake for Valentine’s Day!

  7. LOVE this! I want a piece for breakfast!

  8. HOLY MOLY. I want this cake to be my Valentine.

  9. I used to live in Mexico and so tres leches is my favorite cake in the world! I love the addition of the red velvet.

  10. It seems like the kitchen failure turned into something greater! This looks amazing!!

  11. oh man, things are getting better and better. I need this cake right now!!!

  12. Oh my goodness – I could devour the entire thing right now! I obviously haven’t had lunch yet but this is perfectly acceptable lunch food, right? 🙂

  13. carrian says:

    You rock. Our neighborhood is going to make it!

  14. Chels R. says:

    Gorgeous Picture! I’ve never had a tres leche cake before, but I feel like I’ve been missing out!

  15. Tres Leches is my FAVORITE! This red velvet version is killing me! Yum!

  16. Joanne says:

    We’ve all had a few of those moments (or weeks…) so don’t stress it! This cake sounds amazing. As if tres leches cake could get any better!

  17. Emily says:

    I better stock up on red velvet cake mix!

  18. What a great idea Deborah! I love it! Can’t wait to see what else you come up with for Red Velvet week.

  19. Love this soooo very mucho!

  20. grace says:

    you’re getting extra creative with your red velvet this year! this sounds delicious. 🙂

  21. Becky says:

    All of these red velvet recipes look divine but I think this one would be my pick!! Wishing we lived closer this week 😉

    Take care friend!

  22. Dina says:

    the tres leches cake sounds great, but all your red velvet week recipes sound great!

  23. Debbie says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a tres leches cake, so I tried this one. Sorry to say that it is a soggy mess around the edges and I don’t know why anyone would want to do this to a cake. I was going to make it to take to work. Glad I tried it at home first. It will be going out with the trash tomorrow.

    When you pour on the milk mixture, are you suppose to avoid the edges?

    • Deborah says:

      @Debbie, the cake is definitely soaked with a tres leches cake. I even cut back on the liquid compared to the normal tres leches cake that I make. I don’t necessarily avoid the edges when I’m pouring on the liquid, but if your cake is really domed, you would want to mostly pour it in the middle and let it run down to the sides. But the texture of a tres leches cake is definitely different than a normal cake.

  24. stef says:

    I really want to make this cake but I would love to know what kind of cream to use? Is it the cream you use for milk? Please reply to me ASAP THANKS!!

  25. Piggy says:

    What kind of cream?

  26. Sindi says:

    This is heavenly,,,can’t get enough thank u!!!

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