Strawberry Milk Tres Leches

Cakes, Desserts, Spring

Have you heard of procrastibaking? It’s a new term coined by the New York Times. Honestly, I feel like I invented it. I feel like I made a whole career from procrastibaking. That’s what made me start this blog! I WAS RUNNING AWAY FROM MY JOB!

If you work from home, you really can spend your days procrastibaking. I mean that’s probably what the majority of you are doing right now anyway…I’m a way for you to avoid work. Lol.

Consider me flattered!

This recipes comes from my love of those childhood cartons of pink milk at the cafeteria. Honestly, my mom always made my lunch so I wasn’t really allowed to eat at the cafeteria. I had Capri-Suns anyway so I rarely was able to drink strawberry milk. VERY SAD!

But this is a love letter to strawberry milk because it’s so good. And when we made it for this, we still thought it was fantastic and dreamy.

This recipe is pretty straight-forward. You puree some strawberries and milk together, let it sit so that shit marinates and then strain it. Then you make a very dry sponge cake, poke a bunch of holes into it and then pour the strawberry milk all over it. It’ll soak up that gloriousness over a few hours and then it’ll taste like strawberry milk goodness.

Simple needs we all have! Strawberry milk is on that list!

Strawberry Milk Tres Leches

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Yield: 1 (9x13-inch) cake

Strawberry Milk Tres Leches


    Strawberry Milk:
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 pound strawberries, stems removed
  • Tres Leches Sponge Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 pound strawberries, stems removed and sliced


    To make the strawberry milk:
  1. To a blender, add the sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, heavy cream and trimmed strawberries. Blend until pureed. Transfer the entire blender jar to the fridge to allow the strawberry puree to infuse the milk, about 1 hour.
  2. I made this at the beginning of the recipe and then made the sponge cake and it was perfect timing. Run the strawberry milk through a strainer into a measuring cup or a bowl with a spout.
  3. To Make the Tres Leches Sponge Cake:
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch pan and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  6. In a stand-up mixer with paddle attachment, beat egg yolks and sugar until pale yellow and double in volume. Mix in the vanilla and the milk on low speed just until combined, then fold the egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture.
  7. Clean and dry the egg yolk bowl. Add the egg whites and beat with the whisk attachment on high until stiff peaks about 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Fold the egg white mixture into egg yolk and flour mixture.
  9. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan before proceeding with the rest of the recipe.
  10. To Assemble + Topping:
  11. Using a skewer or fork, create little holes on the top of the cake. Pour the strawberry milk mixture over the cake (it may seem like a lot but it will absorb!). Transfer to the fridge to 2 to 3 hours, ideally overnight.
  12. Just before serving, make the whipped cream! To a bowl, using an electric mixer, mix the heavy cream and sifted powdered sugar. Top the cake with the fluffy whipped cream and garnish with slices of strawberry. Slice and serve.
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  • Reply Pinocchio Pizza May 16, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Hello Adrianna

    It looks delicious. Pictures are great! It would help me for sure.

  • Reply Melinda May 16, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Easy and tasty recipe! There is so much love in strawberry milk! I know!

  • Reply aimee May 16, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I am a total procastibaker. Also, I think I might just make a gallon of this strawberry milk for myself. No shame.

  • Reply Kari May 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    What a perfect cake for spring!

  • Reply Lisa May 17, 2018 at 5:13 am

    This just showed Miss Shortcake to the door!

  • Reply Stephanie Castle May 17, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Whyyyyyy hasn’t anyone thought of this before? My husband and I love tres leches and strawberry milk. Can’t wait to combine both!

  • Reply Lisa May 17, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    My 6-year-old’s favourite food is strawberries – and strawberry milk in particular. It looks like I’m going to have to indulge in some daytime procrastibaking while she’s at school one day so I can surprise her with this marvellous gem! Thank you for successfully helping me procrastibake even more than usual 😉

  • Reply Natalie Ellis May 18, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Oh the pỉnky strawberry milk is so pretty that I just wanna keep the color instead of covering any full topping on it xD

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  • Reply Michelle Sweeney May 18, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I made this today. Followed directions. the cake did not rise much, and was a bit firm. I completed the recipe and it is edible, but a bit eggy tasting. I am an experienced baker, and followed the directions.
    Overall I liked the cake bc it was not too sweet, as tres leches can be sometimes

  • Reply Michelle May 18, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I made this today. Followed directions. the cake did not rise much, and was a bit firm. I completed the recipe and it is edible, but a bit eggy tasting. I am an experienced baker, and followed the directions.
    Overall I liked the cake bc it was not too sweet, as tres leches can be sometimes

    • Reply Taylor May 26, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      I also got a firm cake, so I’m glad I’m not alone in that! I liked it too, though I think I would use a fluffier cake recipe next time.

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  • Reply Dalila G. May 20, 2018 at 6:29 am

    I hardly ever had strawberry milk growing up.
    My mom really didn’t allow it, it’s not milk according to her.
    But this, this is great ‘milk-magic’ Adrianna, strawberry milk in a cake….YAY!!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a nice day!

  • Reply Lisa May 21, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I just baked this cake. Unfortunately the strawberry sauce did not seep into the cake even after many hours. So I poked a lot more into the cake with a fork. Still no change. I finally had to gouge circles into the top of the cake for the sauce to seep into them. Overall it still tasted amazing, but I wonder why this happened?

  • Reply Anna May 23, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Another winner! This is awesome. I made this while on vacation and didn’t have access to a blender, so I chopped up and “smushed” (to be technical here) the strawberries to add to the milk for steeping. Still worked great and I ended up adding the smushed strawberry pieces back into the whipped cream for the topping.

  • Reply Riya June 17, 2018 at 7:00 am

    This strawberry milk is so good i had to stop myself from drinking it all. This cake the photos the blog everything is just so pretty .

  • Reply Robyn June 30, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Made this last night and even after sitting overnight the milk mixture was not absorbed into the cake. Had to pour a bunch off. Also 1/2 cup heavy cream for the topping is barely enough for a thin layer of whipped cream to cover a 9×13. I would double this if I made it again.

  • Reply Nadja July 31, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I used a different cake recipe, but this strawberry milk is to die for! Bless you.

    I didn’t realize how necessary it is to wash the bowl before whipping the egg whites, because they won’t stiffen up if there is residual fat in the bowl. DEFINITELY WASH THE BOWL! Maybe this is why some folks had trouble with the cake, I dunno. But my cake still came out nice and fluffy even with the sad egg whites.

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