Peppermint Chocolate Chip Tres Leches Cake

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Tres Leches Cake – dangerously delicious! Great for all your upcoming holiday parties!! Yellow cake mixed baked with candy canes and chocolate chips then soaked in three kinds of milk – sweetened condensed milk, half-and-half and evaporated milk. Top cake with whipped cream and more candy canes and chocolate chips. We could not stop eating this delicious cake! #dessert #peppermint #chocolatechips #candycakes #cake

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Easy Tres Leches Cake Made with Cake Mix

Stop what you are doing and make this Peppermint Chocolate Chip Tres Leches Cake! OMG! SO good!! The idea for this cake came from Chicken Legs. We L-O-V-E the peppermint chocolate chip milkshake at Chick-fil-a. He was enjoying a shake and said I need to put those flavors in a tres leches cake. Brilliant!

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How to Make Peppermint Chocolate Chip Tres Leches Cake

This cake is super easy to make. Start with making a yellow cake from a box of cake mix. Stir in some crushed candy canes, chocolate chips, and peppermint extract and bake in a 9×13-inch pan. Remove the cake from the oven and poke holes in it. Mix together sweetened condensed milk, half-and-half, and evaporated milk. Pour the milk mixture over the cake and let it cool completely. Once the cake has cooled, top it with some fresh whipped cream. Garnish the cake with more crushed candy canes and chocolate chips.

  • You will want to make this cake a day in advance. The cake needs time to absorb all the milk.
    • Hold off on adding any crushed peppermints to the top of the cake until you are ready to serve. The crushed peppermints may bleed into the whipped cream if you add them too early.
  • I crush my candy canes in a food processor. You can also place them in a freezer bag and hit them with a rolling pin for meat mallet.
  • I use a chopstick, straw, or spoon handle to poke holes in the cake.
  • You can use any flavor of cake mix that you prefer.
  • I made fresh whipped cream for the topping. You can substitute a tub of Cool Whip if you prefer.
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This cake is dangerously delicious! Chicken Legs had ZERO self-control with this cake in the house. He had to throw most of it away when I tested the recipe to avoid eating the whole cake himself. He has requested this cake for our Christmas dinner dessert. Can’t wait!

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Tres Leches Cake

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Tres Leches Cake – dangerously delicious! Great for all your upcoming holiday parties!! Yellow cake mixed baked with candy canes and chocolate chips then soaked in three milks – sweetened condensed milk, half-and-half and evaporated milk. Top cake with whipped cream and more candy canes and chocolate chips. We could not stop eating this delicious cake! #dessert #peppermint #chocolatechips #candycakes #cake

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix plus ingredients to make cake
  • cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 (12-count) box candy canes, crushed
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract

Milk Mixture

  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half

Topping

  • 2 cups heaving whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • mini chocolate chips and crushed candy canes for garnish

Instructions:

  • Mix cake mix, peppermint extract, plus ingredients to make the according to package directions. Stir in crushed candy canes and mini chocolate chips. Bake in a greased and floured 9×13 pan according to package directions.
  • Mix together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and half and half.
  • Remove cake from oven. Poke holes in warm cake and slowly pour milk mixture over cake. Cool cake completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • When ready to serve, whip together heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. (I chill my mixing bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes before adding the cream and sugar). Whip at high speed for 1-2 minutes. Spread over cake.
  • Garnish with mini chocolate chips and crushed candy canes right before serving, if desired.

Notes:

  • You will want to make this cake a day in advance. The cake needs time to absorb all the milk.
    • Hold off on adding any crushed peppermints to the top of the cake until you are ready to serve. The crushed peppermints may bleed into the whipped cream if you add them too early.
  • I crush my candy canes in a food processor. You can also place them in a freezer bag and hit them with a rolling pin for meat mallet.
  • I use a chopstick, straw, or spoon handle to poke holes in the cake.
  • You can use any flavor of cake mix that you prefer.
  • I made fresh whipped cream for the topping. You can substitute a tub of Cool Whip if you prefer.

Steph

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  1. How much cinnamon is added to the cake mix? I couldn't find it in the ingredients list. Excited to try this recipe!

  2. Awesome flavor combinations. Thank Crazy Legs for the brilliant idea and your recipe development skills! This is a winner!!

    Linda

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