Divine Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake Recipe!

Welcome to my kitchen, where I will be sharing with you one of my all-time favorite recipes: The Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake. If you’re a dessert lover, then this cake will surely make your taste buds dance with joy!

This cake provides the perfect combination of sweetness and spice, thanks to the delightful flavorings of honey and cinnamon. On top of that, the three milks used in this recipe create a soft, moist texture that will leave you craving for more.

As a chef specializing in Brazilian and American cuisine, I have made numerous cakes in my career but the Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake is undoubtedly one of my personal favorites. Although it’s not complicated to make, it requires attention to detail and patience, so follow my instructions closely and watch as this beautiful cake becomes a focal point on your dessert table.

Trust me when I say that after trying this cake once, it will quickly become one of your go-to desserts. So grab your apron, preheat your oven and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake
Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake

Look no further than this honey-cinnamon tres leches cake recipe for your next dessert fix! I guarantee this cake will have you absolutely head over heels.

First and foremost, the combination of honey and cinnamon gives this tres leches cake a unique flavor profile that sets it apart from other cake recipes. The sweetness of the honey combined with the warmth of the cinnamon creates a perfect balance of flavors that will leave you wanting more. I promise you’ll be reaching for a second slice before you even realize it!

Additionally, this recipe features the classic tres leches cake technique of soaking the sponge cake in three different types of milk– evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and regular milk. This results in a moist, luscious cake that is unparalleled in texture and flavor. Every bite of this cake practically melts in your mouth– it’s simply irresistible.

Moreover, this recipe is easy to follow and uses ingredients that are readily available at most grocery stores. You don’t need any fancy equipment or exotic ingredients to make this cake– just basic baking staples like flour, eggs, sugar, and butter. And the end result is so decadent and impressive-looking that your friends and family will think you spent hours slaving away in the kitchen.

Finally, this honey-cinnamon tres leches cake recipe is highly customizable. You can adjust the amount of cinnamon to suit your personal preference, or switch up the honey for another sweetener like maple syrup or agave nectar. And once you’ve mastered the basic recipe, feel free to experiment with other variations like adding caramel sauce or topping it with homemade whipped cream.

Overall, there are endless reasons why you’ll love this honey-cinnamon tres leches cake recipe– from its delicious flavor combination to its impressive texture to its versatility in customization options. Don’t wait any longer to try out this fantastic dessert– your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you!

Ingredient List

 The perfect balance of sweetness and spice
The perfect balance of sweetness and spice

Here is a list of ingredients you’ll need to make this heavenly Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake:

  • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Don’t forget to get some honey for the topping and whipped cream for serving. With these ingredients on hand, you can proceed with ease to the recipe instructions.

The Recipe How-To

 Each bite is soaked in three different types of milk
Each bite is soaked in three different types of milk

Now that you’re familiar with the ingredients, it’s time to start making the honey-cinnamon tres leches cake!

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Then, grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl, mix together 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt until well-combined.

Step 3: Beat Your Eggs

Using an electric mixer or a stand mixer, beat 4 large eggs together on high speed for about two minutes until light and frothy. While beating, gradually add in ⅔ cup of granulated sugar until the mixture is thickened and pale.

Step 4: Combine the Ingredients

With your mixer still running on low speed, slowly mix in the dry ingredients until just combined. Add in 1/2 cup of melted butter, 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix everything together until it forms a smooth batter.

Step 5: Bake Your Cake

Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish and spread it evenly. Pop it into the oven and bake for about 25-30 mins, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 6: Soak Your Cake

While your cake is still hot from the oven, use a fork to poke several holes into its surface. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together one can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk, one can (12 oz) of evaporated milk, one cup of milk, ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder, and one tablespoon honey.

Pour this milk mixture over your still-hot cake, distributing it as evenly as possible. Allow the cake to cool completely.

Step 7: Top It Off

Right before serving your honey-cinnamon tres leches cake, top it off with a generous dollop of homemade whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon powder on top. Drizzle honey over the whipped cream for an extra bit of sweetness. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 A swirl of honey and cinnamon adds a touch of warmth
A swirl of honey and cinnamon adds a touch of warmth

Now, let’s talk about substitutions and variations for this honey-cinnamon Tres Leches Cake recipe!

Firstly, if you’re not a fan of cinnamon, you can leave it out of the recipe entirely. The cake will still be delicious with its honey sweetness and creamy texture from the three milks. However, if you love cinnamon and want to increase its flavor, try adding some ground ginger or nutmeg to the mix.

While this recipe calls for all-purpose flour, you can also use cake flour or pastry flour for a lighter texture. Additionally, if you’re following a gluten-free diet, try using a gluten-free flour blend instead.

For the milk portion of this recipe, I like using evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk because they add a rich and creamy texture to the cake. However, if you want to make this recipe lighter or have dietary restrictions, you could try using coconut cream or almond milk in place of regular milk.

Finally, let’s talk about serving suggestions. While whipped cream is the classic topping for Tres Leches Cake, you could also try topping it with a drizzle of caramel sauce or dulce de leche. Another idea is to turn this into a cinnamon roll Tres Leches Cake by swirling cinnamon and sugar into the cake mix before baking.

These substitutions and variations are just some suggestions to get creative with your Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake Recipe. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and techniques to make it your own!

Serving and Pairing

 The aroma of cinnamon lingers in the air
The aroma of cinnamon lingers in the air

This luscious honey-cinnamon tres leches cake is a showstopper at any party or get-together. Once you’ve removed the cake from the fridge and added the homemade whipped cream, it’s ready to be served on its own or paired with some delicious sides.

To make a stunning presentation, serve the cake on a large platter and cut it into generous portions using a sharp knife. You can garnish each slice with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or drizzle some honey over the top to enhance the flavor of this sweet delight.

For an extra decadent touch, pair it with a dollop of whipped cream on top of each slice. Homemade whipped cream is the best choice since it’s airy, fluffy, and easy to prepare. Make sure to prepare it just before serving to keep it fresh and prevent it from falling flat.

This tres leches cake pairs well with coffee or tea for an indulgent dessert after dinner. The rich milky flavors complement a cup of hot coffee perfectly. You can also add some caramel sauce or Dulce de Leche on top for an extra sweet treat that will take your taste buds to heaven.

If you’re looking for a more casual option, you can serve this cake as part of a dessert buffet along with other treats like chocolate truffles or fruit tarts. Alternatively, you can try pairing this honey-cinnamon tres leches cake with tart fruits like strawberries or raspberries. The acidity helps balance out the sweetness of the cake and make for an excellent combination.

No matter what your choice is, when you serve this cake, prepare yourself for compliments as your guests take their first bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A traditional Latin American dessert with an American twist
A traditional Latin American dessert with an American twist

The Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake is an excellent dessert for larger gatherings or for those who love to prepare ahead. This cake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days, making it an easy and convenient option.

When preparing the cake in advance, I recommend wrapping it tightly in a plastic wrap after it has cooled down. This will help maintain its moisture and freshness. For easy storing, sliced your cake into portions and store them in individually wrapped containers.

To reheat the Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake, you can take it out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving to bring it to room temperature. Alternatively, you could heat individual portions in the microwave, on a low setting, for about 20-30 seconds.

Another great way to serve this cake is by caramelizing it with a kitchen torch for an extra layer of texture and flavor. To do this, sprinkle some cinnamon and drizzle honey over the top of the cake and caramelizing with a kitchen torch until golden brown.

Whatever storing or reheating method you choose, the Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake recipe is versatile and perfect for any occasion. With its richly flavored sponge cake soaked in three different milks, topped with homemade whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon honey – this delicious dessert is sure to delight your guests!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Creamy, dreamy and oh so delicious
Creamy, dreamy and oh so delicious

As a chef who has years of experience, I have gathered essential tips for making the perfect Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake. This recipe is all about getting a light sponge cake that absorbs the three milks and is topped with fluffy homemade whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon and honey. Follow these tips to ensure that your tres leches cake will be deliciously mouth-watering every time you bake it.

1. Sift Your Dry Ingredients

Sifting the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together is crucial to ensure that the cake has an even texture and rises uniformly. Not chopping up clumps of flour will make it easier to mix with other ingredients.

2. Use Room Temperature Ingredients

Make sure your eggs, butter, and milk are at room temperature before starting the recipe. Room temperature ingredients will incorporate better into the batter and guarantee that your cake rises appropriately.

3. Beat Egg Whites First

Separate egg whites before mixing any other ingredient in it. Beating egg whites to soft peaks before adding any sugar or yolks, gives the cake its airy structure without collapsing during baking.

4. Don’t Overmix The Batter

Over-mixing the batter will result in a dense tres leches cake. It’s easy to overmix when trying to smooth out lumps or add more air while stressing about losing too much lift from already incorporated egg whites.

5. Let The Cake Rest Overnight

Allowing your tres leches cake to rest in the fridge for at least four hours better yet overnight, will allow each sponge slice to absorb all three milks evenly distributed throughout using a fork or knife puncturing lots of holes into the surface of the sponge to help get all three milks into tiny crevices in this gorgeous dessert.

By following these tips, you’ll end up with a delectable Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake!

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake recipe is an excellent dessert option for any occasion. The combination of three milks, cinnamon, and honey creates a deliciously rich and moist cake that is hard to resist. It’s also possible to get creative with substitutions and variations to suit personal preferences or dietary needs.

Making this cake right is crucial for a perfect experience. So, make sure you follow the recipe instructions and the tips I have provided to achieve great results. Additionally, don’t forget to serve it with some homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for an extra touch of flavor.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just craving a sweet treat, this Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake recipe will not disappoint you. You’ll love the moist sponge cake oozing with milk and the caramelized honey-cinnamon topping.

As always, let us encourage people not only to enjoy delicious food but also appreciate the cooking process. Try making this dessert at home once to taste the magic, perfecting it over time as nobody starts big. Get inspired by impressive food bloggers and chefs on food network or Washington Post; broaden your horizons with delectable Tres Leches cake recipes─the sky’s the limit!

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Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake

Honey-Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake Recipe

A variation on delicious Tres Leches Cake. Saigon cinnamon, also known as Vietnamese cinnamon, has a more pronounced flavor and aroma than what you usually find in your grocery store labeled as cinnamon - which is usually cassia. From Southern Living.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 418.5 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 7 large eggs, separated
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground saigon cinnamon, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 5 tablespoons honey, divided


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, beating just until blended.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  • Beat egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 25 to 28 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, 1/2 cup whipping cream, 2 tablespoons honey, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl until blended.
  • Pierce top of hot cake generously with the end of a wooden spoon. Gradually pour milk mixture over cake, about 1/3 cup at a time, spreading to edges. (Allow mixture to completely soak into cake between batches.) Let stand 2 hours. Cover and chill 2 hours.
  • Beat remaining 1 cup whipping cream at medium-high speed until foamy; add remaining 3 tablespoons honey, beating until soft peaks form. Spread over top of cake. Serve immediately, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 152gCalories: 418.5kcalCarbohydrates: 50.1gProtein: 9.2gFat: 20.7gSaturated Fat: 12.2gCholesterol: 155.1mgSodium: 237.6mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 31.7g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, For Large Groups, Mexican, Oven, Sweet
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.