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Pumpkin Pie Tres Leches Recipe

Tres leches cake infused with pumpkin pie topped with maple meringue
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, latin
Servings: 12
Calories: 687kcal
Author: Cari


  • Cake Batter:
  • 2 Cups cake flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¾ Teaspoon salt
  • 5 Large eggs separated
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons of Bourbon
  • 1 Can of Pumpkin Puree
  • 2.5 Teaspoons of Ceylon Cinnamon
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • A pinch of ginger
  • A pinch of cloves
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • Milk Syrup:
  • 1 14-ounce Can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ¼ Cups heavy cream
  • 1 14-ounce Can evaporated milk
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon
  • Meringue Frosting
  • 4 Egg whites
  • ½ Teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ Cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons of real maple syrup
  • 1 Cup light corn syrup
  • 1 ½ Cups sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan with nonstick baking spray and set aside. Separate the egg yolks and whites. Beat the whites until very foamy and frothy and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla extract and bourbon with an electric mixer.
  • Continue mixing and slowly add the milk and pumpkin puree. Slowly add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves until all the dry ingredients are incorporated and the batter is smooth. Finally, use a spatula to gently fold in the beaten egg whites until mixed.
  • Pour batter into a prepared 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool for 25 minutes.
  • Use a skewer or knife to pierce holes throughout the cake.
  • Whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream and bourbon in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour the milk mixture over the cake a little at a time, until it soaks through. Keep doing this until most of the milk syrup is absorbed. Cover the now milk-drenched cake in and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before frosting.
  • For the meringue frosting, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar in a large bowl until they form stiff peaks and set aside. In a separate pan, mix the water, sugar and corn syrup.
  • Cook over a high heat, stirring constantly until a candy thermometer reads 230°F. Remove from heat.
  • While beating the egg whites with an electric mixer, immediately pour the hot syrup into the egg whites slowly. Continue beating for about five minutes, while beating the eggs pour in the maple syrup.
  • Let frosting cool in refrigerator. With a wet spatula, spread a thick layer of the frosting on the cake. At this point, you can serve the cake as is or you can lightly torch the top of your meringue with a handheld blowtorch.


What can I substitute for evaporated milk in tres leches cake?
You can substitute evaporated milk for heavy cream or whole milk if desired. In a pinch you can use 2% milk.
Can you substitute milk for heavy cream in tres leches cake?
You may substitute heavy cream for milk if desired.
Want to make your tres leches cake dairy free?
You can opt for coconut milk, coconut condensed and coconut evaporated milk
Don't want to top your cake with meringue?
You can opt for whipped cream instead of a meringue topping.

how to store this pumpkin pie tres leches cake?

This cake must be stored in the refrigerator. You can store it in the fridge for upto 3 days in an airtight container.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 687kcal | Carbohydrates: 124g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 105g | Vitamin A: 6152IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 1mg