Keto tres leches cake

Keto tres leches cake

Tres leches cake is one of the most popular desserts in Latin America. This keto version of the classic sponge cake soaked in a delicious cream-based sauce and topped with whipped cream is even quicker and easier to make than the original! Perfect for special occasions.

Keto tres leches cake

Tres leches cake is one of the most popular desserts in Latin America. This keto version of the classic sponge cake soaked in a delicious cream-based sauce and topped with whipped cream is even quicker and easier to make than the original! Perfect for special occasions.
USMetric
8 servingservings

Ingredients

Cake
  • 3 3 eggeggs
  • 3½ oz. 100 g (200 ml) almond flour
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp (8 g) coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp (5 g) baking powder
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 3½ oz. 100 g (125 ml) erythritol
  • unsalted butter to grease the baking dish
Sauce
  • ½ cup 125 ml heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup 125 ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 2½ tbsp 2½ tbsp powdered erythritol
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp xanthan gum
Cream
  • ½ cup 125 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp powdered erythritol
To serve
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

Instructions are for 8 servings. Please modify as needed.

Cake

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients to the cake. Mix until well-combined.
  2. Grease a 6" x 9" (16 x 21 cm) glass baking dish or a microwave-proof dish at least 2.5" (6.5 cm) deep.
  3. Pour the batter into the dish, smoothing the top to make sure you have an even layer of mixture.
  4. Microwave on medium-high (around 600 W) for 3.5 minutes (cook times will vary depending upon the microwave wattage; it could require more time!). Remove from the microwave. Check that the cake is cooked in the center. If necessary, return to the microwave for 20 seconds. Continue this process until the cake center is cooked. Allow to cool at room temperature and do not remove the cake from the dish.

Sauce

  1. While the cake is cooking in the microwave, mix together the ingredients for the sauce and stir until the erythritol dissolves. Set aside.

Assembly

  1. Once the cake has cooled to room temperature, use a fork to poke evenly spaced holes over the top of the cake. Pour the sauce over the entire surface of the cake. Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight, allowing the cake to absorb the sauce.

Whipped Cream

  1. Combine the ingredients for the whipped cream and beat with an electric mixer until the mixture forms peaks (around 2 minutes). Take care not to beat more than necessary or it will turn into butter!
  2. Cover the cake with the whipped cream. Dust with ground cinnamon just before serving.

Tips

You can use the oven instead of the microwave if you prefer. In that case, preheat the oven to 350ºF (175°C). Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the center of the cake is cooked.

If you don't have any cream of tartar (a white powder used in baking), you can use lemon juice. Use half the amount of lemon juice than you would have cream of tartar.

Why use the tiny amount of cream cheese in the whipped cream? It's because if you are not going to serve the dish straight away, the cream cheese helps to keep the whipped cream smooth and fluffy for longer.

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24 comments

  1. Jane
    I made this last week for our family Christmas gathering. It's VERY good! I had two desserts, in fact, and not all of this got eaten. I put it in the fridge and hoped that it would not get all mushy and it didn't. It stayed good until the very end. I'll be making this again. It's very easy to put together.
  2. Sue
    Fantastic dessert- easy to follow recipe too . Thanks
  3. Karen
    By subbing in a little coconut milk for some of the other milks it could actually be tres (3) leches: heavy cream, coconut milk & almond milk 🙂
    Reply: #17
  4. Lisa
    How would I bake this in an oven rather than a microwave?
    Reply: #20
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  6. Timera
    Is there any way to make this dairy free?
    Reply: #18
  7. Ieva
    Is ut crucial to add the xanthan gum?
  8. Cheryl
    Please include instructions for use of a conventional oven. Many of us will never use a microwave oven! Research has already demonstrated the reduction in food quality and nutrition with use of microwave exposure. Yes, they do also leak. Thank you.
  9. JQ
    Absolutely delicious. I added almond extract to the cake batter and a sprinkle of nutmeg along with the cinnamon on top. Thank you for this recipe!
  10. Tammy
    Just wondering...how long wld this take to bake in a conventional oven?? Thx.
  11. Franny
    Loved this recipe! Easy to make and so delicious
  12. mscherkoske
    Would love to get conventional oven instructions as well. Don’t have a microwave but love tres leches!
    Reply: #13
  13. Bronwen
    check out the TIPS section at the bottom of the recipe..instructions there.
    I'm going to try this myself, looks yummy.
  14. Pjlee
    What is the almond flour conversion to cups?
    Reply: #16
  15. Stephanie
    How do you make this so it’s more like a sponge cake and less like a giant omelette?
  16. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What is the almond flour conversion to cups?

    We recommend using weight rather than volume for dry goods as it can vary too much if your almond flour is packed dense or left looser.

  17. Judi
    That's exactly what I was thinking! I used to make the regular tres leches a lot when we lived in Central America. I look forward to trying out this recipe!
  18. Judi

    Is there any way to make this dairy free?

    Well... it is called "tres leches", so the whole point of it is a milk-soaked sponge. This one might not be the best recipe to try to make dairy free. That said, you could probably sub out coconut milk and/or coconut cream for the heavy cream and see what happens.

  19. katinhen
    This is definitely the favourite in my house. We are from South America and used to eat this a lot. Now on keto we can finally enjoy it again.
  20. Diane Sykes
    Tips
    You can use the oven instead of the microwave if you prefer. In that case, preheat the oven to 350ºF (175°C). Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the center of the cake is cooked.
  21. Julie
    This turned out way better than I thought possible.
  22. Brittany
    Made this today, it was absolutely delicious!! Thankyou!
  23. cheristow77
    Fantastic recipe. I love our low carb diet, especially as my husband has lost nearly 2 stone in 3 months. We usually eat 30 carbs per day, as we ration 20 for mains and 10 for puddings!
    We are now used to eating without sugar, so halved the erythritol, and subbed the almond milk with creamed coconut. Baked in the oven rather than microwave.
    Turned out perfectly.
    I wish I could post a photo.
    Thank you.
  24. Szid
    Looks so good, can I replace the sweetener with xylitol and is xantham gum necessary?
    Reply: #25
  25. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Looks so good, can I replace the sweetener with xylitol and is xantham gum necessary?

    You could replace the sweetener, although I'm not sure it would have the same ratios.
    You could try omitting the xanthan gum, but it acts as a thickener, so the consistency may not be the same.
    However, you may be able to cook the sauce down to thicken it a little.

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