A tres leches cake recipe on MarthaStewart involves infusing a made-from-scratch cake with a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and whole milk. A shortcut recipe from Food Network uses cake mix to simplify the process.
Follow the recipe on MarthaStewart by mixing 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt in a bowl. Beat 5 eggs and 3/4 cup sugar in another bowl until the mixture is light and creamy before adding 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Slowly beat in the flour mixture. Use a spatula to gently incorporate 1/2 cup of melted butter. Pour the batter into a buttered 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes or until the cake is cooked through and forms a golden crust.
Combine 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk, 12 ounces of evaporated milk and 1 cup of whole milk. Use a toothpick to pierce the cake all over while it is still warm and drench it with the milk mixture. Top the cooled cake with sweetened whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Follow the recipe on Food Network by preparing a yellow cake mix with pudding according to the package directions. Prick the cake all over with a fork and pour over a mixture comprising 1 can of evaporated milk, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 pint of heavy whipping cream and 1/2 cup of rum. When the cake is cool, top it with whipped cream and sweetened coconut.