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A Twist On The Classic Tres Leches Cake For Your Galentine’s Day Gatherings

Source: Daytime Chicago

We kicked off our Galentine’s Day special with a sweet treat you can make with your girlfriends – a twist on the classic tres leches cake.

Cindy Kienzle, founder of Hungry Monkey Baking joined us to break down the recipe.

Galentine’s Day Tres Leches Cake with Hungry Monkey Brownies in Mason Jars

This is an amazing super-light traditional cake, soaked in a sweet milk mixture, topped with a vanilla bean whipped cream and cinnamon -cocoa dusting on top. For a special twist to the traditional Tres Leches, we place a brownie disk on bottom and also top it off with a Hungry Monkey Triple Chocolate Heart!

Prep Time:1hour hour Cook Time:25 – 35 minutes mins Total Time:  2 hours hrs.

Servings: 12 squares if kept in the 13” x 9” x 2” pan; or 10, 8 oz. Mason Jars


  • 9×13 metal baking dish
  • Mason jars (8 oz or 4 oz, depending on the size you wish to serve individually)
  • Stand or hand mixer
  • 2” round cookie cutter
  • Small 1/4” or ½” heart cookie cutter
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Glass bowls


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (divided —  ¾ cup &  ¼ cup)
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

Milk Mixture

  • 12-ounce can of evaporated milk
  • 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup whole milk

Whipped Topping

  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 6 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)


  • ground cinnamon & cocoa, mixed, then “dusted” on top with a strainer.
  • Red and white nonpareil sprinkles – to press into brownie heart on top (OPTIONAL)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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