Instant Pot Tres Leche Cake

Instant Pot Tres Leche Cake

Instant Pot Tres Leche Cake in celebration of Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month. This delicious spongey cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture will be a hit with the family.Instant Pot Tres Leche Cake

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Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month begins September 15 and I couldn’t start it without something so delicious so wonderful that everyone would want to  celebrate it. So I thought long and hard about what you really need in your life. What would motivate you to embrace this wonderful holiday. There only thing thing I know that everyone loves at a celebration and that’s cake. So this Instant Pot Tres Leche Cake is for you. It’s your motivation to celebrate Hispanic & Latino Heritage and Month.

Why Tres Leche cake and not flan or those chocolate balls of wonder brigadeiros? While those are delicious recipes those are already on the blog. And, to be honest, I haven’t been able to get the idea of a Tres Leche Cake out of my head.

It was the last thing I remember seeing at the Latino market. The person behind me was purchasing 4 and I was drooling. Yup. You know I’m that type of person. I was something I get a taste for it and it stay in my head until I make it (and make it right at that). I know, my poor family right. Of course, it’s adventures like this that they love going on. Cake, cake and more cake.

Why the pressure cooker? Because the pressure cooker turn out moist delicious cakes. Who doesn’t like that? Also, if cake baking is not your thing (your cakes end up under done or over done) this is a great way to make a cake and not mess it up. Pop it in the pressure cooker (remember to put a fresh silicon ring in it) and walk away. That’s why most of us use our pressure cooker anyway right? Also, it can be tricky getting that cake pan out of the pressure cooker. I use tongs to remove the cake pan but you can also create a make sift sling out of aluminum foil.

foil sling
courtesy of pressure cooker today

So whether you are a pro or novice,  please, please please invite your family and friends over for some cake. Enjoy each other’s company and have some fun. You can head over to the El’s Kitchen Comforts Facebook Page for ideas on how to celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month.

*Cooking Tip: It takes eggs about 30 minutes to come to room temperature, so pulling the eggs out of the fridge should be the first thing you do.

Instant Post Tres Leche Cake

Makes 12 Servings


Sponge Cake

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs, separated & room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of creme of tartar (optional)

Tres Leche

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ( 12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Tools: 2 medium bowls, 2 large bowl, stand mixer with wire whip attachment or hand blender, silicon scraper, pressure cooker(2) 7 inch cake pan

My Pressure Cooker


Spray 7 inch cake pan with non stick spray and set aside

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

Then in separate egg whites and yolks into two separate large bowls.

In the large mixing bowl, add egg yolks and 3/4 cup sugar and beat until pale yellow (3 to 4 minutes).

Scrape down the sides of bowl and add 1/3 cup milk, vanilla, and flour mixture. Beat on low until completely combined.

Make sure egg whites in the second bowl are room temperature. Once room temperature begin by beating egg whites slowly. Then after a couple of minutes (it’ll start to get foamy) increase to medium high speed until soft peaks form. Sprinkle egg whites with 1/4 cup sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks have formed.

Add egg whites to cake batter and fold gently until combined. Carefully spoon batter into cake pan.

Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the pot of the pressure cooker. Then add the trivet and the cake pan.

Secure lid and turn pressure knob to sealed.

Press manual and set to high pressure for 40 minutes.

Allow to natural pressure release for 15 minutes. Then carefully release the rest of the pressure.

Remove lid. Then use tongs or aluminum sling to remove cake pan. Set cake aside and allow to cool on counter top.

While cake cools make the Tres Leche mixture. Combine evaporated mik, sweetened condensed milk and whole milk.

Once cake has cooled used a fork or toothpick to poke holes in the top of the cake.

Then slowly pour milk mixture over the top of the cake.

Place cake in the fridge for at 1 hour to allow it to soak up the milk.

While cake is in fridge, whip up heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Smooth whipped cream over the top of the cake. I like to use a the back of a spoon in a wavying motion to apply the whipped cream.

And your Instant Pot Tres Leche Cake is done. We serve our Tres Leche Cake with a sprinkle of fresh cinnamon and a strawberry (or cherry) on top.

Instant Pot Tres Leche Cake

Hope your family likes this Instant Post Tres Leche Cake. If you are looking for something a little more savory to celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month you should try our Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo (chicken and rice) or Costa Rican pastelon recipe.

Can’t wait to see your pics of this recipe and how you celebrated Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month.


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