Friday, June 16, 2017

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

"This awesome chocolate tres leches cake is really just a chocolate buttermilk cake in disguise. It also is the best way to get your chocolate milk fix. Just sayin'!"

Manservant is home which is unusual on Father's Day. I am so not used to planning Father's Day that well-I didn't plan anything-until now. I invited another lonely couple over that we haven't seen in awhile just so I can say we made it an occasion! In fact the last time we saw them I baked this cake at Manservant's request. He loved this cake which leads me to believe that other dads will too. And so will the moms and the kids, for that matter. I'm sharing it with you, bad photos and all.

I found this recipe at How Sweet Eats and followed the recipe almost. I added some coffee syrup around the cake and some coffee crystals to the whipped cream. That's it. Delicious it is, but if you really dissect it you will find that this isn't a true tres leches cake, because most tres leches cakes are actually sponge cakes, and this one is not.This cake might be defined as a poke cake because one does poke a lot of holes in it but one also does that with a tres leches cake. Sponge cakes are used for tres leches cakes because they soak up all the milks that are poured over the top.

My previously posted coconut rum tres leches cake was a true sponge cake. It only contains flour, eggs, sugar and vanilla as the base of the cake. Not true with this one. This divine chocolate cake is really just a chocolate buttermilk cake disguised as a tres leches cake. Not that that's a bad thing because it only means that I have to keep searching or baking until I find the real thing. Whatever. This cake is awesome with or without the added milks. The added chocolate, evaporated and condensed milks, the tres leches, just add extra flavor and moistness. The whipped cream on the top well, just throws this over the top. So get our your skewer, poke away, and enjoy this disguised chocolate cake. Dad will enjoy it and so will the kids and you can serve it with chocolate milk on the side. Yes this sublime cake contains chocolate milk and I guarantee you will have some leftover. All the better to toast Dad with!

A Few More Great Cakes:
Coconut Rum Tres Leches          Cream Cheese Pound Cake           Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

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Yield: 8 servings

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

This awesome chocolate tres leches cake is really just a chocolate buttermilk cake in disguise. It also is the best way to get your chocolate milk fix. Just sayin'!
prep time: 30 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 75 mins


  • 1/2 c hot coffee
  • 6 T unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 c buttermilk
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 c sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 c evaporated milk
  • 1/2 c chocolate milk
  • 2 c heavy cream, whipped until stiff peaks form
  • 1 t instant espresso
  • Grated chocolate for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8x8 pan with butter and set aside.
  2. In a measuring cup, whisk the hot coffee and butter until the butter melts. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda and salt.
  4. Once it is halfway mixed, pour in the coffee/butter mixture and stir until the batter is smooth. Stir in the chopped chocolate.
  5. Pour batter into your greased pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the cake is just set in the middle. Cool completely.
  6. When cool, poke holes all over the cake, close together. Whisk together the condensed, evaporated and chocolate milk. Pour it over the tops of the cake and let it sink in. Refrigerate cake for at least 60 minutes, but I refrigerated it overnight.
  7. After chilling and before serving mix your whipped cream with the instant espresso and spread over the top of the cake. Garnish with chocolate shavings, if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge!
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  1. This looks so yummy! I love tres leches cake,the chocolate version sounds amazing :)

  2. Wow, looks so moist and delicious. This will be perfect to serve on hot days.

  3. YUM! Katie is our big tres leches cake fan, but I have a feeling the whole family would love this decadent chocolate version!

  4. Like the pansies for garnish! Like the cake too. You keep coming up with tres leches cakes, we'll keep eating them. :-)

  5. That looks decadent and ever so tempting with chocolate!

  6. What an interesting cake! I really like how you've decorated it. It looks like an English pudding to me.

  7. Well it certainly looks like you pulled out all the stops for father's day, so thoughtful of you to make this delicious cake. I am a chocoholic and this looks fabulous.

  8. Best flavor combos: chocolate, coffee and cream! Love the purple flower touch, too. Glad you get to celebrate in a delicious manner this weekend with those you love.

  9. My husband has been after me to take a Tres Leche cake - and now I have the inspiration I needed - a chocolate version! Woohoo - thanks Abbe - it looks and sounds wonderful :)

  10. Wow. This is outstanding! My older daughter won't eat "wet" cake after a reaction to a tres leches cake she had in Mexico! Fortunately a friend made one for me, or I'd never have tasted it. But yours is incredible!!!

  11. Oh boy! Does that ever look delicious, Abbe. I've never made a tres leches cake and it's about time I did.