Less Guilt Dessert: Coconut-Lime Tres Leches Cake

Written by Liz –

Coconut-Lime Tres Leches Cake recipe

When Chris tells me she’s made a dessert with less calories, less butter or less fat, I know it’s gonna be good! And that means I get to enjoy more of it. She showed up one day with a whole plate of milky, moist, coconutty goodness for us to try, as she worked on some better-for-you desserts (chocolate brownies with zucchini? yes!).

With the end of summer heat kicking up and Hispanic heritage month (September) just around the corner, this makes this the perfect less-guilt dessert for Labor Day weekend’s cookouts and celebrations.

Coconut-Lime Tres Leches Cake

Ingredients for 12 servings:


PREPARE cake mix according to package directions using egg whites; fold in grated peel from 1 lime. Bake in 13 x 9-inch baking pan for duration listed on package. Meanwhile, prepare tres leches mixture.

COMBINE coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and grated peel from 1 lime in large bowl; stir well. When cake tests done, remove from oven and cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.

POKE holes in cake with a long-tined fork every ½ inch. Carefully pour milk mixture over cake, spooning any pooled mixture along the sides over the top of the cake. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

CUT the cake; top with dollop of whipped topping. Grate peel from remaining lime over cake; sprinkle with toasted coconut (or to achieve look in picture, use round biscuit cutters to cut cake, transfer to serving plate, then add toppings).


More summer dessert recipes:

Raspberry Soufflé recipe
Raspberry Soufflé
Watermelon Sorbet recipe
Watermelon Sorbet

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