Tres Leches Cupcakes

A dairy blend is used to soak vanilla cupcakes for a dessert that’s both refreshing and rich.

Serves: 12Prep: 35 minutesCook: 1 hour 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 12


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1⁄4 cup butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1⁄2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract, divided
  • 1⁄2 cup milk
  • 1⁄2 cup half and half
  • 1⁄4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3⁄4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 4 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • Ground cinnamon, for garnish


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Line 12 standard cupcake cups with liners; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat butter and sugar until combined. Add eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla; continue beating until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture, beating on low, until just combined. Add milk and beat until smooth and well mixed.
  • Evenly divide batter between prepared cupcake cups. Bake 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand in pan 5 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack; cool completely.
  • Meanwhile whisk together half and half, sweetened condensed milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla; set aside.
  • Poke cooled cupcakes all over with a skewer. Slowly pour half and half mixture over each cupcake, allowing it to soak into the cake before adding more.
  • In a chilled bowl beat together whipping cream, powdered sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla until stiff peaks form. Frost each cup cake with whipped cream. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.
  • Tip: Cupcakes can also be garnished with fresh berries if desired.