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This Gluten-Free Tres Leches Cake is soaked with evaporated coconut milk & sweetened condensed coconut milk to make a dairy-free version of this classic Latin American dessert. The paleo vanilla sponge cake is deliciously moist and topped with whipped coconut cream. It is dairy-free with a vegan option.

Gluten-Free Tres Leches Cake

This Gluten-Free Tres Leches Cake is soaked with evaporated coconut milk & sweetened condensed coconut milk to make a dairy-free version of this classic Latin American dessert. The paleo vanilla sponge cake is deliciously moist and topped with whipped coconut cream. It is dairy-free with a vegan option.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9 big slices
Author Rachel

Ingredients

For the milk topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and lightly grease an 8x8” square baking pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut sugar, tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt and whisk thoroughly. Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dairy-free milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
  5. Pour into the pan and spread the batter evenly.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed with a fingertip. Let cool completely.
  7. Once cool, use a skewer, toothpicks or a fork to make LOTS of holes in the top of the cake. When you think you have enough, make more! You want the milk to really soak into the cake and if you don’t have enough holes, it will only soak into the top layer.
  8. In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the evaporated coconut milk and sweetened condensed coconut milk. Pour evenly over the cake, spreading as necessary to the edges.
  9. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours.
  10. When you’re ready to serve, whip the Coconut Whipping Cream according to the directions on the can and spread evenly over the cake. You can also do this before you put it in the fridge, but I find the whipped coconut cream is best freshly whipped.
  11. Garnish with fresh strawberries (or any other fresh fruit) and serve!

Recipe Notes

For the vegan version, replace the eggs with flax eggs. To make three flax eggs, combine 3 tablespoons of flax meal with ½ cup water. Whisk together and let gel for 10 minutes before using.