Passionfruit Tres Leches Cake

March 19, 2018
2 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
Author Notes

This tweak on a classic tres leches adds passionfruit juice to the soaking liquid to create a super delicious punch of fruit flavor that I am totally obsessed with. —Erin Jeanne McDowell

Test Kitchen Notes

For more on how to make, and vary, tres leches cake, see the full article. —The Editors

  • Makes one 9x13 cake
  • Cake
  • 12 tablespoons (170 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (297 g) granulated sugar
  • 7 large (397 g) eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7 g) vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups (271 g) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (6 g) baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon (3 g) fine sea salt
  • Soaking:
  • 3/4 cup (185 g) passionfruit juice (I used Goya brand)
  • 1/2 cup (112 g) whole milk
  • one (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • one (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • lightly sweetened whipped cream, as needed for finishing
  • passionfruit pulp, as needed for finishing
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well to combine. Add the vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt to combine. Add the mixture to the mixer and mix just until incorporated. Scrape well to ensure the batter is evenly combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 38-40 minutes. Let cool completely.
  6. Poke the cake all over with a wooden skewer. Pour the passionfruit juice evenly over the whole cake. In a large container, preferably one with a pour spout, whisk the milk, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk to combine.
  7. Gently pour the mixture all over the cake, letting it soak in through the holes. Most of this will happen quickly, but if some liquid pools up anywhere on the surface of the cake, just spoon it back over the cake until the mixture is absorbed (let it sit for about 30 minutes).
  8. Finish the cake with the whipped cream and the fresh passionfruit pulp. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 5 hours before serving.

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I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, The Book on Pie, is out on November 10th, 2020.

5 Reviews

Lawyerjen April 3, 2018
Goya sells both a frozen passion fruit puree/pulp (which is only passion fruit and quite tangy) and a passion fruit cocktail beverage (a mixture of passion fruit concentrate, water and sugar). My guess is that the recipe calls for the second, but some clarification would be very helpful.
Author Comment
Erin J. April 4, 2018
Great point! I used the juice! If you thinned out the purée with a little water, that would work nicely too!
Lawyerjen April 4, 2018
Thank you!!!
Heidi S. March 28, 2018
If this cake sits overnight is it still okay the next day?
Momo March 31, 2018
I am from Costa Ricaanx this dessert is a classic. My mom used to make this dessert all the times he night before serving and it always came out delicious. I hope this helps.