Gluten Free Eggnog Leche Cake (Dairy-Free & Sugar-Free Options)

Perhaps you’ve had tres leche cake? Tres leche means “three milk” in Spanish. Traditionally, a sponge or butter cake is soaked in three types of milk, whole milk or heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk. However, this gluten free eggnog leche cake recipe is a step up and calls for fewer ingredients. Did I forget to mention it’s delicious? It is!

You can make a sponge cake or a butter cake to soak in milk. I’ve chosen to use  gluten-free butter cake for additional richness.

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Gluten Free Eggnog Leche Cake

An easy twist on the classic tres leche cake, but without using three types of milk, and it's much more flavorful. Perfect for the holidays!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12


  • 2-2/3 cups Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Blend, plus more for dusting plus more for dusting
  • 1-1/2  teaspoon gluten free baking powder Rumford's
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • cup  2 sticks unsalted butter
  • cup  granulated sugar or Xylitol for sugar-free
  • 4   large eggs
  • teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2  cup  gluten free eggnog divided (or less of
  • Sugar-Free Dairy-Free Eggnog (or less of Sugar-Free Dairy-Free Eggnog)
  • 1 recipe Homemade Whipped Cream (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Butter and dust with flour a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Line the bottom of the dish with parchment paper and oil or butter the top of the paper.

  2. Sift together the flour blend, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of your mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until thoroughly blended after each addition. Pour in the vanilla along with the last egg.

  5. Add one-third of the dry mixture at a time, alternating with only 1/2 cup eggnog (1/3 of the flour mixture, 1/2 cup eggnog, 1/3 flour mixture, 1/2 cup eggnog, 1/3 flour mixture). Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared dish and bake 50 to 60 minutes and until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.

  7. Turn the pan upside down, turning the cake onto a serving dish and poke several holes in the cake with a fork,

  8. Add some of the remaining 2-1/2 cups eggnog to a squeeze bottle (a clean, empty mustard or ketchup bottle will do as will a baster with an injecting needle. Fill the holes in the cake with eggnog and pour the remainder on top. Allow the cake to absorb the eggnog for a few minutes.

  9. Serve as is or topped with whipped cream. If you use whipped cream grate a little fresh or powdered nutmeg on top for garnish and flavor.

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