Pistachio Tres Leches Cake

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Tres Leches cake (Pastel de Tres Leches) is a very popular cake in Mexico. The cake is very light and fluffy with many air bubbles that make it easy to absorb the tres leches (evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream). The frosting is made out of whipped cream and sugar. That’s it. Very simple but very delicious and so well balanced.

There are many variations to this recipe and today I want to show you the Pistachio version. The flavor is very subtle and delicate in contrast to the crunchy nuttiness from the chopped pistachios. I used green gel coloring to make it a little fun. I love how it turned out! It is almost to pretty to eat. Almost.

What do you need to make Pistachio Tres Leches Cake

All purpose flour

Baking powder



Vanilla extract

Pistachio extract

Whole milk

Evaporated milk

Sweetened Condensed milk

Heavy cream

Powder sugar

Green coloring


Helpful Tips and Tricks

The Tres leches cake needs a little bit of time to absorb all the milk goodness. The process will take about an hour but what I like to do is to make the cake in the morning to serve it the same night, that way the cake has not only absorbed all the milk, but it is also completely chilled. This cake is best when served cold.

Make sure there’s plenty of milk around the edges of the cake since that is the driest part of the cake.

The pistachios will become soft from the moisture of the cake. I like to sprinkle the pistachios on top once I am ready to serve the cake. You can also add the chopped pistachios to each slice of cake you serve and not on the whole cake. That way you can store the left-over cake in the refrigerator and use fresh pistachios when serving the leftovers.


Hello, my name is Marisol Chancellor. I was born and raised in Monterrey Mexico. I’ve been living in Texas for 12 years and even when I love barbeque, fruit cobblers and sweet tea, there’s something that has the power of transporting me right back to my mom’s kitchen and gives me a little piece of home, cooking. I grew up in the kitchen and for me, memories are always linked to food, and behind the food, well, there’s always a story that comes along. So, please let me share with you my love for cooking and while we are at it, let’s share some memories, because let’s be honest, we are also hungry for nostalgia.

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