Tres Leches-Berry Parfaits

Skip the frosting and serve your favorite tres leches cake recipe parfait-style. This fresh berry parfait is also super delish with mint sprigs and toasted coconut.

Tres Leches-Berry Parfaits
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 package 1-layer-size white cake mix

  • 3 eggs

  • 6 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoon water

  • 2 tablespoon dark rum, brandy, or water

  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lime peel

  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 recipe Cinnamon Tres Leches Sauce

  • 3 cup fresh strawberries, chopped; blueberries; and/or raspberries

  • ½ cup coconut, toasted (optional)

  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)

Cinnamon Tres Leches Sauce

  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 13 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk

  • ¾ cup whole milk, or half-and-half

  • 2 4 inch stick cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x9x2-inch baking pan; line bottom with parchment paper or waxed paper. Grease paper; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl combine cake mix, eggs, butter, the water, and rum. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes (batter will be thick). Stir in lime peel. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.

  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes (cake may sink slightly during cooling). Loosen cake from sides of pan; invert onto wire rack. Cool completely (cake should be cool to the touch). Using a serrated knife, cut cake into 1-inch cubes.

  4. Divide one-third of cake cubes among eight individual dessert or parfait dishes and one-third of the chilled Cinnamon Tres Leches Sauce. Among the 8 dishes divide one-third of the berries. Repeat layers times. Cover and chill for 2 to 6 hours or until completely chilled.

  5. In a large bowl combine whipping cream, honey, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).

  6. Serve parfaits toppers with the whipped cream mixture. If desired, sprinkle with toasted coconut and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Cinnamon Tres Leches Sauce

  1. In a large saucepan combine sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened coconut milk, whole milk or half-and-half, and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat just until boiling, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled. Remove the stick cinnamon and discard.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

603 Calories
33g Fat
72g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 603
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 33.7mg 168%
Calcium 212mg 16%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 359mg 8%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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