Coconut Tres Leches Cake

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

This Coconut Tres Leches Cake has been a favorite family recipe for so many years. My Mom started making this when I was in elementary school and I can still remember sneaking into the fridge before bed and stealing one last bite. It’s seriously so dang good and very, very easy to make.

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

You start with a boxed white cake mix. That’s right, this is an easy one to make! Bake it according to the package directions in a 9×13 dish. Then we can fancy it up!

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

While it’s still piping hot, stab the cake with a fork, or a chop stick, and make a ton of holes. Then slowly pour on a whole can of cream of coconut (like Coco Lopez — not coconut milk!!) and a can of sweetened condensed milk. It will take about 10 minutes for the cake to soak up all of the liquid, but I promise it will.

As you can see, Lyla was adorably excited about the whole process of topping the cake! She helped from start to finish and then as soon as I turned my back she had stolen a bite. She’s totally my mini me.

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

After the liquid soaks in and the cake is chilled, you spread on a nice thick layer of homemade coconut whipped cream. It only takes a couple of minutes to whip up in your stand mixer and is so worth the effort.

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

Lastly, you top it with some toasted shredded coconut and chill it in the fridge until you are ready to serve it!

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

I brought this Coconut Tres Leches Cake to a 4th of July party and it was a massive hit. Everyone was asking for the recipe and were shocked when I told them it came from a boxed cake mix. Gotta love easy recipes that have great flavors and are still impressive!

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!

Head on over to Dixie Crystals for the RECIPE: Coconut Tres Leches Cake

 

Coconut Tres Leches Cake - my favorite way to dress up a boxed cake mix!