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Layered Lemon Tres Leche Poke Cake

On Monday evenings a group of my friends meet to watch The Bachelor or Bachelorette. We don’t watch because we believe that this is true love, but we make fun of the crazy train wrecks that go on the show. I’ve had a lot of fun trying/creating new recipes this summer as we watch. Some have been so-so and some have been fantastic, like this cake. It’s a layered lemon tres leche poke cake. Can you say that 10 times fast?

lemon tres leche ingredients

Layered Lemon Tres Leche Poke Cake

lemon cake mix
evaporated milk
1 cup heavy cream
sweetened condensed milk
whipped topping
1/2 cup powdered sugar

tres leche cake batter

Directions: Mix the cake mix according to directions on the box, but add an extra egg and cut back on the water a little bit. Stir in some lemon zest. Pour into 2 round cake baking pans and bake in 350 degree oven for 25-28 mins. Let them cool fully. Remove from pans and cut off top to level off for layering and return to pans. Poke holes in each cake and pour the evaporated milk, heavy cream, & condensed milk into the holes. I used 8″ pans so I didn’t end up using the whole can of the condensed milk. Place cakes in refrigerator to chill for an hour. Mix the defrosted whipped topping with a 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Add the juice from one lemon & some lemon zest. Let it chill in the fridge with the cakes. Take them all out and place one of the cakes on a cake plate and add some frosting.

layered tres leche cake

Place the other cake on top and frost completely.

frosting cake poke layered

Top with thin slices of lemon if desired. Store in refrigerator.

layered lemon poke cake
cake mix lemon poke

Feedback: I didn’t make this early enough, therefore didn’t have time to chill the frosting to thicken or let the whole thing chill long enough. My frosting was kind of running off. I had to transport it to our friend’s house which contributed to the running off.

layered tres leche cake

No one minded! It was still so YUMMY!

delicious lemon cake layered

Here is our buddy, Randy. The cake was for his wife’s birthday but he requested that I take a picture to post online. He thinks he’s famous now! Haha!

my friends love cake

The Tumbleweed Contessa

Sunday 25th of August 2013

Tres Leches is definitely on my top 10 of favorite cakes. It is harder to make than one would think. Good job! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend

Diane Balch

Saturday 24th of August 2013

Your cake must have been the highlight of the evening... no train wreck here. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

Made From Pinterest

Saturday 24th of August 2013

Wow! This looks deee-licious! We’d love to have you share your recipe at our weekly Saturday Link Party ! Deb @

Ruth Soukup

Friday 23rd of August 2013

Oh my gosh Diana, this looks delicious! I love anything Lemon during summer so this is perfection! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week!

Natalie Buehler

Friday 23rd of August 2013

Looks so yummy, I love lemony baked goodies!Thanks so much for linking on this week's Tutorial Thursday Linky Party :)xNatalieMarigolds' Loft

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