Coconut Tres Leches Cake

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Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

This Coconut Tres Leches Cake has been a favorite family recipe for so many years.

My Mom started making this when I was in elementary school and I can still remember sneaking into the fridge before bed and stealing one last bite.

It’s seriously so dang good and very, very easy to make.

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

You start with a boxed white cake mix. That’s right, this is an easy one to make!

Bake it according to the package directions in a 9×13 dish. Then we can fancy it up!

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

While it’s still piping hot, stab the cake with a fork, or a chop stick, and make a ton of holes.

Then slowly pour on a whole can of cream of coconut (like Coco Lopez — not coconut milk!!) and a can of sweetened condensed milk.

It will take about 10 minutes for the cake to soak up all of the liquid, but I promise it will.

As you can see, Lyla was adorably excited about the whole process of topping the cake!

She helped from start to finish and then as soon as I turned my back she had stolen a bite. She’s totally my mini me.

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

After the liquid soaks in and the cake is chilled, you spread on a nice thick layer of homemade coconut whipped cream.

It only takes a couple of minutes to whip up in your stand mixer and is so worth the effort.

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

Lastly, you top it with some toasted shredded coconut and chill it in the fridge until you are ready to serve it!

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

I brought this Coconut Tres Leches Cake to a 4th of July party and it was a massive hit.

Everyone was asking for the recipe and were shocked when I told them it came from a boxed cake mix.

Gotta love easy recipes that have great flavors and are still impressive!

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

Head on over to Dixie Crystals for the RECIPE: Coconut Tres Leches Cake

 

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

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    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.
      Jessica

      Hi Monica! You may freeze just the cake portion of the Coconut Tres Leches Cake, but not the assembled, soaked cake or it will become very mushy once frozen and thawed again.

  1. Neli

    Hi. I want to make this for my husband’s birthday today but I can not find the recipe for the coconut whipped cream! Please help! Someone else asked this and was told to read the directions carefully. I have quadruple checked and no where does it say how to make it. On the Link to click on it just takes me to a page with a bunch of recipes to search through. Please help! 

  2. Lori B

    Wonderfully moist cake and easy to make. The recipe didn’t mention how to toast the coconut. I spread it on a cookie sheet and popped in the oven @ 325 for 6 minutes. Made this for my adult son’s birthday. It was a big hit.

  3. Cassie

    Someone on pinterest has taken credit for your Tres Leches Cake. When you click to view the recipe it takes you to a wall mart gift card sign up. 

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.
      Jessica

      They will be very messy, I wouldn’t recommend it since you pour liquid on top of the cake. It would make the liners fall off and be a bit of a mess! 

      1. Tish

        My niece made me tres leches cupcakes one year for my birthday, and used some kind of sturdier cupcake line that was able to hold up to the liquid. Regular paper liner would definitely not work.

  4. Nan

    I put coconut rum in my whip cream for the flavoring. I amnot a big fan of coconut flavoring taste like soap to me. Or you can put the cream de coco in with the whipping cream also. To make the whipped cream on top.

  5. Johanne Caouette

    Bonjour j’aimerais revoir cette recette de gateau avec le lait de coco et recouvert de coconut en FRANÇAIS ….. MERCI !!!

  6. Ms. Erica

    Put some crushed pineapples on the layer after the cream of coconut baaybeeee…. And you pina colada … Dads recipe

  7. Louise Runge

    OMG…this cake is AMAZING!!! I made it for the first time for our neighborhood 4th of July block party. Once the word got out how delicious it was, it was the first dessert that was gone. I actually saw a few people have two pieces of it. And, I can’t tell you how many people told me how delicious it was. My husband loves coconut and I think he may have told me 20 times how good it was and that it was one of the best cakes I ever made. I will definitely be making this cake on a regular basis. Thank you!!!

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