Tres leches is a sweet sponge cake that includes three kinds of milk: evaporated, condensed, and whole. The traditional recipe calls for a light, freshly made whipped cream on top along with fruit if desired.
Many restaurants keep the traditional recipe of tres leches as is, but others give it their own spin.
For instance, Tres Leches Factory in Doral adds rum to their tres leches, which provides a bitter taste to the sweet flavor. Miami Baked in Kendall layers in sweet guava and tops it with an Abuela Maria cookie and homemade meringue.
The others you will find on this list add things like dulce de leche and burnt meringue. The possibilities are endless and the top five best places to get them are found all over Miami.
Miami Baked, based in Kendall, is a dessert food truck that specializes in all types of treats, but focuses on the tres leches that put them on the map. They combine fresh ingredients and out-of-this-world combinations that have customers always coming back for more. Their tres leches standard menu includes the classic, one with dulce de leche, another with meringue and still another with guava. However, it does not just stop there. Occasionally, they have a themed dessert. This fall they have a pumpkin spice tres leches. On their Instagram there is a variety of flavorful tres leches as well, like the oreo, nutella and even cookie butter. Their fusion of creativity with a side of savory goes for prices starting at $8.
4612 So. Le Jeune Road.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Instagram: Havana Harry’s
Established in 1995 in Coral Gables, Havana Harry’s is a Cuban fusion restaurant and while their main courses like shredded pork and white rice are a staple, so are their desserts. While it is well known to have guava in any dessert in Miami, Havana Harry’s likes to top their guava tres leches with a heath toffee bar but they have other variations that are just as delicious as the original. Flan is a soft custard milk pudding traditionally eaten alone but Havana Harry’s chose to mix their tres leches and flan together giving their customers the ability to eat both at once. Pricing for the desserts begin at $7.95 and can go up to $9.95 depending on if you choose a more non-traditional cake.
Tres Leches Factory
5213 NW 79th Ave Ste 5211
Doral, FL 33166
Instagram: Tres Leches Factory
Tres Leches Factory located in Doral opened its doors in 2001 with a vision to create quality, home-made style latino desserts. With an endless variety of latino sweet dishes such as arroz con leche, suspiro de limeño, and flan to name a few, Tres Leches Factory specifically prides itself on having the best tres leches you will ever try. Ranging from the classic tres leches cake that is topped with Italian meringue to tres leches de ron, which combines the bitter flavor of classic rum with the sweet flavor of tres leches, Tres Leches Factory is Doral’s go-to spot to satisfy your sweet tooth. Prices for the different cakes offered range from $4.95 to $5.25 and if you are looking to serve the whole family, they provide trays of their delicious tres leches made with “cariño” for any occasion starting at $20.
944 Washington Ave. (in the Hotel Chelsea)
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Instagram: Havana Vieja in South Beach
Havana Vieja is a Cuban restaurant located in South Beach that encompasses 1950s Cuba all in one place. Known for its homemade dishes such as paella, ropa vieja, and the classic Cubano sandwich, as well as delicious mojitos that come in all types of flavors like guava, coconut, and passion fruit. Havana Vieja has captured the hearts of Miami residents looking for a taste of Cuba right at home. Along with its savory dishes and classic cocktails, the place is well-known for the traditional latino dessert, tres leches. For $12, you can get the tres leches that is topped with a Cuban flag and is just the right amount of sweet and moist, leaving you wanting more. Many restaurant-goers label the tres leches cake as a “mouth-watering must try,” so you do not want to miss out.