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Coconut-Lime Tres Leches Cake

Coconut-Lime Tres Leches Cake

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. Especially if you love tres leches cake!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12 servings


  • 1 box 18.25 ounces white cake mix
  • 3 limes
  • 1 can 13.5 fluid ounces light coconut milk
  • 1 can 14 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2/3 cup 5 fluid-ounce can Evaporated Fat Free Milk
  • 1/3 cup light rum or to taste
  • 2 cups light whipped topping thawed, or 2 cups sweetened whipped cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded or flaked coconut lightly toasted (optional)


  • 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).