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Coquito Tres Leches Cake – Puerto Rican Dessert

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Coquito Tres Leches Cake is a delicious sponge cake soaked in my traditional Coquito and topped with Italian Meringue.

This is my version of Coquito Tres Leches. I’ve been making this recipe for a very long time. It was my clients’ favorite recipe when I had my home-based bakery in Kentucky. Although sharing my delicious Coquito Tres Leches recipe wasn’t on my list, because it is my classic cake recipe. Some of my clients in Kentucky are missing having this cake during their holiday feast, so I decided to share it. Plus, sharing is caring! You can make this cake vegan very easily. Read the recipe notes for vegan replacements. As I always mention, feel free to replace any ingredient. If you want to use this cake as a basic cake just replace the coquito with your choice of milk.

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Coquito is a creamy, coconut-based beverage original from Puerto Rico.

Christmas is not Christmas for us Puerto Ricans without Coquito. This delicious coconut drink is a staple in Puerto Rico during the Christmas festivities. The traditional recipe calls for coconut milk, coconut cream, evaporated milk, condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and white rum. The rum is the key ingredient but you can totally skip it. See the video for details.

Some people describe Coquito as eggnog without the eggs, but they are very different. Eggnog has raw egg, Coquito doesn’t have eggs. There’s a punch drink recipe from Puerto Rico that is similar to eggnog and contains raw eggs. Nowadays there’s a lot of variations of Coquito, people make it in different flavors and adding a variety of liquors and spices. Here’s a tutorial for my Coquito recipe.



This sponge cake is my basic sponge cake recipe. It should be noted that the original cake recipe calls for regular milk. However, for this version, I replace the milk with coquito. Use this recipe to make different cake recipes and even cupcakes.

Although the original tres leches cake is soaked using different kinds of milk, I used my Coquito recipe for soaking the cake. Also, when soaking the cake in Coquito using a squeeze bottle is the easiest way. In addition, you can totally make this cake vegan by replacing the eggs with aquafaba. Finally, see notes for details. Aquafaba is the best egg replacement in cakes.

If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #thehungrydragonfly on Instagram! I love seeing your creations!

Make these amazing Puerto Rican recipes during your holidays:

Asopao de Gandules con Bolitas de Platanos Vegano

Sorullitos de Maiz Veganos-Puerto Rican Corn Fritters Vegan

Black Bean Empanada Puerto Rican Style

Puerto Rican Tostones  – Fried Plantains








Hey there! Welcome to The Hungry Dragonfly! I’m Mariela, the writer, photographer and recipe developer behind The Hungry Dragonfly!

I share vegetarian and vegan recipes that are simple to follow and require friendly ingredients that are easy to find. Because life is about having a balance. I create healthy recipes and also some comforting dishes, as well. What else can you find here on my blog? I share seasonal baking recipes and tips, lifestyle ideas, pet friendly road trips and coffee shops.

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  2. Maria says:

    Esas recetas deberían ser en Español,también.

    1. Hola! Si va al menu principal puede escoger Ingles o Español. Dejeme saber si necesita ayuda y con mucho gusto le digo. Gracias

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  4. This cake looks so delicious! It seems like it would go really well with almost any kind of fruit as a garnish too. If you use aquafaba eggs, does the meringue whip up the same as egg whites? Is there anything special you need to do, like add cream of tartar to it before beating it to stiff peaks?

    1. Thank you! When I use aquafaba I add super fine sugar and cream of tartar to stabilize it. It took me some trials to master it.

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