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Make your Own – Bolo di Tres Leches

A popular South American dessert, Bolo di Tres Lechi is a sponge cake soaked with the three kinds of milk and topped with whipped cream. It’s a delicious treat that is also inexpensive and easy to make.



  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 300 gr flour [approximately 11 ounces]
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 200 gr sugar [approximately 7 ounces]
  • a drop of vanilla essence [can substitute vanilla extract]
  • a pinch of salt
  • butter, for greasing


  • 1/2 can of condensed milk [200 ml, or approximately 7 ounces]
  • 1 can of evaporated milk [180-200 ml, or approximately 6-7 ounces]
  • 100 ml [approximately 3.5 ounces] whipped cream


  • 200 ml [approximately 7 ounces] whipped cream
  • 50 gr [approximately 2 ounces] powdered sugar
  • a drop of vanilla essence [can substitute vanilla extract]



  • Preheat oven to 170 °C [approximately 350 °F].
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Beat egg yolks with the sugar until the mixture almost white. Add the vanilla.
  • Beat egg whites in another bowl.
  • Mix egg whites gently with egg yolk. Add flour mixture.
  • Grease a baking pan [about 24 cm diameter, or 9.5 inches] with butter. Pour in the batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Allow the cake to cool enough so that you can easily move it to a pan with higher edges.


Mix condensed milk with evaporated milk and whipped cream and pour over cake. Let cake sit for about 10 minutes.


  • Whip the cream until stiff and mix with powdered sugar and vanilla essence.
  • Put topping in a pastry bag and spread over cake.
  • Place cake in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.


tip! To save time you can use a jar of marshmallow fluff for your topping.


“Kome dushi!”

– Jurino


This recipe was originally posted in Dutch on Antilliaans Eten and has been reposted and translated with permission.

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