Tres Leches Pancakes #SundaySupper

We're serving up Breakfast for Dinner this week for #SundaySupper!  And well, I can't think of a better breakfast food to serve up than a stack of pancakes.  But these aren't just any ordinary pancakes, these are my very special Tres Leches Pancakes reserved for special occasions like holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries...and sometimes just because it's a day of the week that ends in "day".

Like the very popular Pastel de Tres Leches (Three Milks Cake) these Tres Leches Pancakes are bathed in a combination of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and regular milk.  That's three different kinds of milk, hence the name Tres Leches (three milks).

The idea for these pancakes came to mind after learning that my sis-in-law uses pancake mix to make her super delicious Tres Leches Cake.  I figured if she could make a Tres Leches cake with pancake batter, then I could make Tres Leches pancakes too.  Of course, they were a HUGE hit with Hubby and the kiddies.  But sometime in the course of the last 7 or so years, I've switched from using my favorite pancake mix to using a box of cake mix.  That is after all what I usually use when I want to satisfy my craving for a Tres Leches cake and I really wanted my Tres Leches Pancakes to taste like my favorite cake.

I prefer to use French Vanilla cake mix, but a plain yellow cake mix will work too!

What breakfast foods do you like to have for dinner?

Tres Leches Pancakes


  • 1 box French Vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1-1/3 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
  • Fresh strawberries (optional) 


  1. Prepare the pancake batter by mixing together the cake mix with the 1-1/3 cups milk, 3 eggs, and 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil; set aside.  (The batter might seem thin, but will thicken while standing.) 
  2. In a medium bowl make the Tres Leches mixture by combining the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and 1/2 cup regular milk; set aside.  (You can also use half-and-half.)
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon butter or vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet over very low heat.  Ladle about 1/3 cup of batter into center of skillet.  Let cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown.  (Check pancakes for doneness after 2 minutes, because these pancakes brown quickly!) 
  4. With a spatula, CAREFULLY flip the pancake over and continue to cook until golden brown. Transfer pancake to heatproof platter.  Continue with remaining batter.  
  5. To serve...stack the pancakes one at a time, spooning 3 to 4 tablespoons of the Tres Leches mixture over each pancake.  Garnish with sliced strawberries.  Enjoy!

For more Breakfast for Dinner ideas, check out what my #SundaySupper friends cooked up this week.

But wait, there’s more!

Normally it would be very socially unacceptable to have wine with your breakfast, but seeing as this is closer to sunset than sunrise, we say go for it!!!

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  1. Yummy! I have made pancakes for my husband's birthday with cake batter; but just once and nothing as flavorful as Tres Leches! I'll have to give these a try :)

  2. Yum! I love pancakes and I love your recipe! Looks so delicious!!!!!!!

  3. This is made with cake mix?! That's amazing, Leslie! It you hadn't told me, I'd totally think these were made from a pancake recipe. I love that these probably taste exactly like tres leches cake. I'm drooling just thinking about it.

  4. Oh my goodness, Leslie, words can't even describe how awesome this sounds to me.

  5. These sound sooooo amazing. I love tres leches cake, and I love pancakes! Put the two together and my mind is officially blown!

  6. Your pancakes sound ridiculously delicious!!!!

  7. Wow! I bet these are amazing! I love tres leches cake. I'm so intrigued by using cake mix for pancake batter. I'm definitely going to have to try that!

  8. Oh these sound rich and delicious! Love that you use cake mix as a base.

  9. This recipe reminds me of the best Tres Leches I've ever had. It was at a restaurant in Vallarta...anyway...your pancakes look amazing! Muchas gracias!

  10. These sound like some of the richest pancakes ever! Yum!

  11. oooh I have to try this! Hubby loves pancakes, but for dessert only--I'll bet he'd go gaga over these!

  12. I've never thought of using cake mix to make pancakes! We make pancakes for special occasions, especially birthdays, and this would be a great recipe to use!

  13. I love the idea for these pancakes - they sound decadent and awesome!

  14. Leslie i Love Your blog!! Its amazing so many great recipes ; it would be amazing if you shared your sis in laws cake recipe with pancake Mix . THANKS MUCH LOVE FROM CALIFORNIA