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Tres Leches and Berry Parfaits

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Parfaits or trifles are one of those desserts that are super easy to make but look so impressive. And these Tres Leches and Berry Parfaits give me three reasons to share the recipe with you…

  1. Cinco de Mayo right around the corner
  2. We have been sharing Mexican recipes over at Pocket Change Gourmet and needed a dessert to add to our list
  3. I use any reason there is to bake up delicious treats for a holiday

Tres Leches and Berry Parfaits :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

Starting with a white cake mix and packed with lots of Mexican inspired flavors like rum, lime, cinnamon and coconut, these parfaits are easy enough for a weeknight dessert but special enough to serve at a dinner party. And certainly perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Tres Leches and Berry Parfaits :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

Let me show you how to make these beautiful desserts…

Tres Leches and Berry Parfaits :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

I found everything I needed at Walmart. There was a nice selection of berries as well.

Tres Leches and Berry Parfaits :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

The cake is easy to put together with just a few ingredients added to the white cake mix. The Cinnamon Tres Leches Sauce is a combination of 3 kinds of milk, which is what Tres Leches means, cinnamon and vanilla, cooked on the stove and then chilled.

Tres Leches and Berry Parfaits :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

After the cake and sauce have cooled, you need to poke the cake with a skewer or large fork.

Tres Leches and Berry Parfaits :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

Then spoon the Cinnamon Tres Leches Sauce over and let it soak in.

Tres Leches and Berry Parfaits :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

Then it’s time to layer the cake, berries and sauce. And top with a large dollop of fresh whipping cream mixed with honey and vanilla. To make them even more resistible add fresh berries and a mint leaf to the top.

Tres Leches and Berry Parfaits

Tres Leches and Berry Parfaits

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy but impressive looking dessert. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com



  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon Rum Extract or 2 tablespoons dark rum or brandy
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lime peel {about 2 medium limes}

Cinnamon Tres Leches Sauce

  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (13-14 oz) can unsweetened coconut milk or 1+2/3 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half or light cream
  • 1 stick cinnamon - 4 inch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Whipping Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Fresh strawberries, blueberries and/or raspberries - about 3 cups
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut, optional
  • Fresh mint leaves, optional



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except lime peel
  3. Mix on low until combined, then on medium for 2-3 minutes {batter will be thick}
  4. Stir in lime peel
  5. Spread into baking dish evenly
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
  7. Cool in pan about 15 minutes
  8. Poke holes in cake with a skewer or large fork
  9. Spoon Tres Leches Sauce over top and let set about 15-20 minutes to soak in

Tres Leches Sauce

  1. While the cake is baking and cooling, or before you bake the cake, prepare the sauce
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients except vanilla
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla
  5. Transfer to a large measuring cup or bowl, remove the cinnamon stick and place in fridge to chill

Whipping Cream

  1. While the Tres Leches Sauce is chilling, pour heavy whipping cream into a mixing bowl and chill at the same time
  2. Add the honey and vanilla and beat on medium-high until stiff peaks form


  1. Cut cake into 1 inch cubes, add 1/3 of cake to 8 glasses
  2. Top with 1/3 of the Tres Leches Sauce, top with berries
  3. Repeat layer until your glass is full
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 2-6 hours or until completely chilled
  5. Serve with whipping cream and toasted coconut if desired


Original recipe from Better Homes & Gardens Mexican Cookbook

Linking to…Gooseberry Patch

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    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth! I tried my first Tres Leches recipe last month and was hooked.

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