The tres leches cake is believed to have originated in Latin America. The name tres leches is short for "Pastel de Tres Leches." When translated into English, tres leches means "three milks."
A tres leches cake is very moist. Milk is the primary ingredient and is what makes the cake unique and popular in many Latin cultures today. It is made with sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. There are many variations of the cake available in local grocery stores and bakeries. Since the cake's recipe is easy to adapt, some bakers will substitute the heavy cream for coconut milk and may even include alcohol. Because the cakes are easy to bake, they are growing in popularity throughout the United States.