Coconut Lime Tres Leches Trifle

There is absolutely positively nothing that you can’t like about this dessert. When I had my first bite of the finished product, it was one of those moments where I just had a little brag session in my head regarding how good it was. It would have been out loud, but we happened to have a big group of friends over at the time and I didn’t want to seem too excessively excited about it… Keep it cool Jessie.

Speaking of friends, we have some of the best. Yes, I know everyone probably thinks that, but really, I’m telling you, #ourfriendsarebetterthanyours.

Coconut Lime Tres Leches Trifle

Tres Leches is always a crowd pleaser and almost 100% fail safe. Even if you overcook your cake a bit (like I did) the tres (three) yummy leches (milks) will soften it right up! Bueno!

Coconut Lime Tres Leches Trifle

I’ve been struggling with the manual setting on our camera for the last few weeks since starting to blog consistently and I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of things! The lime zest was just killing me with it’s delicate little jagged shreds that I think I spent exactly 85.4 minutes photographing them.

Coconut Lime Tres Leches Trifle

If you’re anything like me, just saying “Tres Leches” will start to make you a little crazy. Foreign words will start to roll off your tongue like you’re somehow fluent, but yet making no sense whatsoever. I took a fair amount of Spanish and have retained a bit of it, but my personal favorite pastime is to start reciting songs in other languages that I’ve committed to memory as if they’re a poem, or you’re holding an intelligent conversation with someone.

For example, 6th grade voice lessons, (and pardon the spelling if you speak Italian)

“Che Fiero Costume, d’aligero nume, che a forza di pene si faccia adorer!”

“Che crudo destino, che un cieco bambino, con bocca de latte si faccia stimar!”

Simple. All you do is add a little emotion, exaggerated facial expressions, and people think you’re a genius. Then you offer them a piece of Tres Leches to avoid them asking you “how do you say candle” in Italian. They’re instantly whisked away to a better place with the first bite, and conflict is avoided!

Coconut Lime Tres Leches Trifle Coconut Lime Tres Leches Trifle Coconut Lime Tres Leches Trifle

Really, this cake will solve all your problems. And you may even start speaking another language after eating it…

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Coconut Lime Tres Leches Trifle

  • Author: Kitschen Cat
  • Yield: 10-12 1x


  • 1 vanilla (affiliate) cake mix and necessary ingredients **preferred with pudding
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup light coconut milk (affiliate)
  • ½ cup coconut, toasted
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested


  1. Bake vanilla cake mix according to package directions in greased 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Let sit until completely cooled, then take cake out of pan and cut into 1 x 1 inch cubes.
  3. Whisk together 3 milks
  4. In glass trifle dish or deep bowl, make a layer of cake, then pour over 1 cup of milk mixture. Repeat 3 times.
  5. In stand mixture, whip heavy whipping cream, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of lime juice until stiff peaks form. Spread over top of trifle.
  6. Toast coconut in skillet and sprinkle over top of trifle along with 1 tablespoon of lime zest.
  7. Refrigerate before serving.

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