Coconut and Passionfruit Tres Leches Cake

coconut passionfruit tres leches cake

This cake is for my dear friend and housemate K. I don’t say this lightly – I am seriously lucky to have this amazing lady in my life. I knew we’d be friends when I stepped into the kitchen and saw an amazing book collection and a cupboard full of roughly a dozen kinds of vinegar! She’s always ready for some girl talk over dumplings and wine, she’s a great travel companion and I (almost) don’t even mind that the cat likes her better than me these days.

She doesn’t really go for sweet desserts, but she loves all things dairy, so when making her a birthday cake, I thought this triple hit of milk would be perfect. The cake itself is a really nice simple one that is very easy to make. The special part comes in the way of the three milk mixture. Keeping in line with the things that she loves, I used coconut milk as one of the three, along with sweetened condensed milk and regular milk.

coconut passionfruit tres leches cake

I’ve been much more fussy with cakes lately – I’m much more into pies and puddings just generally – but Tres Leches will always be an exception. I think it’s the most delicious, moist cake ever. I love that you can get creative with the milks and flavourings you use, like my crazy Pandan version from a few years ago. I loved the slightly tropical twist that the coconut milk and passionfruit gave this version. If summer fruit is in season where you are, it would also be delicious with mango!

I’m happy to say that K loved her birthday cake, and we shared a piece while watching an especially beautiful sunset from our front window. Can’t wait to share many more adventures and many many more glasses of champagne with you K!! xx

coconut passionfruit tres leches cake

Coconut and Passionfruit Tres Leches Cake
Adapted from Donna Hay
Serves 6-8

  • 180g butter, softened
  • 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 5 eggs
  • 1½ cups (225g) self raising flour, sifted
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1 cup (250ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup (250ml) coconut milk
  • 2 cups (500ml) pouring cream, to serve
  • fresh passionfruit pulp, to serve
  • coconut chips, to serve

Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and beat for 8–10 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and lemon zest and beat to combine. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add the flour and beat until just combined. Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased 20cm cake tin lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 30–35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

Using a skewer, make holes all over the top of the cake. Place the milk, condensed milk, coconut milk and remaining vanilla in a jug and mix well to combine. Gradually pour the milk mixture over the cake and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until the milk mixture is absorbed. Place the cream in a bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Top the cake with the cream and drizzle with passionfruit pulp and coconut chips to serve.

One Comment on ““Coconut and Passionfruit Tres Leches Cake”

  1. Roz

    Merry Christmas from England! I just discovered your blog while looking for dessert inspiration. I’ve never tried Tres Leches cake before, but I do love all things coconut and passion fruit, so I’m definitely putting this one on my list 🙂

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