Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Cake

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Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Cake – this easy chocolate cake recipe is drenched in peppermint mocha and chocolate milk flavor!

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Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Cake - this easy cake recipe is soaked with chocolate milk and full of peppermint mocha flavor!

Did y’all have a good weekend? Mine was…interesting. Here’s how it went:

Friday night – Jordan had a friend sleepover.

Saturday morning – friend went home, Jordan couldn’t find her iPod (actually an old phone but it only works on wifi). We looked around, but it was dead so we couldn’t ping it. No worries, we’ll find it later, we had errands to run!

Saturday night – Hmmm….where is the phone? She last had it on her bed…it’s not there. OMG what the heck is all that under her bed? *head exploding* I’ll look on Sunday.

Sunday morning – spend 4 hours completely ripping Jordan’s room apart looking for the phone. Don’t find the phone, but find “put away” laundry under the bed, under the chair and in every desk drawer, scribbled on papers, a library book that was due last week, candy wrappers, 50 socks, 5 bowls, almonds from trail mix (because, obviously mom, I don’t like almonds), and 2 huge bags of clothes that don’t fit her anymore. *head exploding Christmas is cancelled*

Sunday lunchtime – spend an hour looking everywhere in the house.

Sunday afternoon – Oh, we found it…in her friends’ overnight bag.

Silver lining: Jordan’s room is clean. I now have a reminder on my phone to look in all her secret spots once a week and if I don’t like what I see I’m gonna pause her internet. In the meantime, I’m just so glad we finally found it!

By Sunday night was ready for a GINORMOUS glass of Peppermint Mocha Snugglers and a huge slice of this Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Cake. Nothing says Christmastime like peppermint mocha, right?

Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Cake - this easy cake recipe is soaked with chocolate milk and full of peppermint mocha flavor!

Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Cake is absolutely SOAKED with peppermint mocha flavor.

BTW…what’s the difference between a poke cake and tres leches? I’m really not sure. It’s in the cake AND it’s in the tres leches. If you love that classic Christmas flavor, this cake is for you.

I started with a cake mix and instead of adding water I used International Delight Peppermint Mocha creamer. That makes the cake taste all pepperminty and chocolatey just by itself. You could even stop right there and just frost it and it would be amazing, but really don’t stop there. Add the tres leches sauce, PLEASE.

The sauce is a combination of sweetened condensed milk, chocolate milk, and more creamer. Really, I could drink it with a straw, but it also tastes good poured allllll over cake. Once it soaks in (the longer the better!) you frost the cake with whipped cream or Cool Whip and serve.

Who says plain old tres leches cake gets all the fun? This Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Cake is top notch guys…I promise.

Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Cake - this easy cake recipe is soaked with chocolate milk and full of peppermint mocha flavor!

Brainstorm: I gotta try making this Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Cake recipe with eggnog, too!!

Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Cake

Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Cake - this easy chocolate cake recipe is drenched in peppermint mocha and chocolate milk flavor!
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size


  • 1 box about 15.25 ounces chocolate cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/4 cups peppermint mocha coffee creamer divided
  • 1 can 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chocolate milk
  • 1 container 8 ounces Cool Whip (or about 2-3 cups freshly whipped cream)
  • Crushed candy canes for garnish, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13" pan with nonstick cooking spray. Use the kind with flour, if you have it.
  • Whisk (or mix using a hand mixer) the cake mix, eggs, oil, and 1 ¼ cups of creamer until smooth (a couple of minutes). Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes.
  • Mix the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate milk, and remaining 1 cup of creamer in a large measuring cup. Use a toothpick to poke several holes all over the top of the slightly cooled cake, then pour the tres leches mixture all over the top. Let it cool completely before frosting and serving. The longer it soaks the better (you can make it the day before, store covered in the refrigerator).
  • Before serving, frost with cool whip or whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. (It'll last longer with Cool Whip than whipped cream.)

Nutrition Information

Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 364mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 52g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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  1. We got invited to what was an untraditional Xmas dinner for us. They were having Enchiladas, and a taco bar. That’s cool. We love enchiladas and tacos. I was responsible for bringing the dessert, and although I wanted something holiday-ish, I also wanted to stay with the theme. In comes Peppermint Mocha Tres Leches Poke cake. I immediately thought, What a beautiful mash up, and I went for it.
    Little did I know that 1/2 the family was gluten and dairy free, but out of the half that was not, MOST enjoyed it. One asked, “What did you put in here to make it so moist?” She nodded her head as I gave her the answer, and then politely threw it away after a couple of bites. Maybe she was full, who knows!? 🙂 There were a couple who went back for seconds, and one who said, she would try making it with a gluten free cake mix, and milk substitutes, but she was excited that she could use the peppermint mocha creamer.
    Thanks for a perfect mash up for me to take to Xmas dinner.

  2. I’m crazy for Tres Leches!! This holiday twist with pepper mint is making me droo(o)l. Must try for me!

  3. I’m so glad you guys found it! But scary under the bed escapades…yikes. haha! One time my sister in law lost her keys for like 5 days and they ordered a new one….it was in her purse.

    new tres leches flavors!!! love this, so fun Dorothy!!

  4. There’s just nothing like that combo of peppermint, chocolate and of course this tres leches goodness! So crave-worthy and beautiful! xo

  5. This peppermint flavored cake looks tempting and I never came across any blog with so many drooling desserts…I see desserts everywhere and I have bookmarked your blog to try out International desserts and cakes…Thanks for giving us wonderful recipes…

  6. Are you for real? I so need this in my life!! And if anyone knows tres leches.. it’s our girl Averie for sure! 🙂

    LOL, the phone thing… gotta love kids. I’d end that night with a giant slab of this (and of course some wine to wash it down??). Truly though, this looks so good!

  7. what’s the difference between a poke cake and tres leches? <— Poke cakes for me are with a sweetened cond milk + caramel sauce or SCM + chocolate syrup that are then poked in. Whereas with tres leches you're using 3 milks and just 3 milks, rather than the caramel/syrups, etc. But when I was making my scratch tres leches last spring, I remember writing that I feel like tres leches cakes were the original poke cakes. Not sure if you really wanted a full answer to that but that's my .02 only of course!

    Glad you found the phone. And I hope you ate a ton of this cake after that debacle bc it looks amazing! You are soooo creative!