Tres Leches means “Three Milk” in Spanish. This traditional sponge cake is soaked with three different kinds of milk, creating the moist taste and airy, light texture we all know and love. Here are 5 picks for some of the best Tres Leches cakes in Chicago.
Have your cake and eat it too!
La Baguette Bakery
La Baguette Bakery is referred to as one of the best bakeries in the Pilsen area. After eating a piece of their Tres Leches cake, it’s not hard to see why they have 11 other locations throughout the city. La Baguette Bakery is known as “The Home of the Tres Leches Cake”. La Baguette’s cake is made fresh from their traditional recipe and comes with various fruit toppings.
La France Bakery
5405 S Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60632
(Also located in Aurora)
Cakes at La France Bakery are as beautiful as they are delicious. You’ll be wowed by the array of pastries and treats available here. Though you’ll go in for their delicious Tres Leches cake, made fresh daily, you’ll come out with a handful of other great goodies. The Tres Leches is by far a fan favorite at La France.
1733 S Halsted St
As a family owned and operated establishment, Kristoffer’s Cafe has been hailed as one of the best Tres Leches cakes in Chicago by famous chefs such as Rick Bayless (and any other lucky patron who tries a slice of this amazing cake). Bayless states, “I’ve eaten a lot of tres leches in Mexico, and this—this is the best one I’ve ever had.”
You can’t argue with a master! Tres Leches, at Kristoffer’s is a rich, moist chocolate or vanilla covered cake. Choose from flavors such as; Vanilla, Eggnog, Kahlua, Chocolate, Caramel (Cajeta), Coconut, Pina Colada and many more!
3919 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
You can’t beat the prices at Artemio’s Bakery. This authentic Mexican bakery, makes a homemade Tres Leches cake to perfection. Choose from various flavors and frosting or grab one ready to carry home. Order this treat for a special occasion or just because– you really can’t beat the quality for the price.
Fogo de Chao
661 North LaSalle Drive
Chicago, IL 60654
Though you’ll go to Fogo de Chao primarily for the meat, make sure to save room for dessert. The Tres Leches cake at Fogo will be well worth the pains of being full! Delicious, moist and big enough for the whole table to split, Fogo has mastered more than just the art of Brazilian meat.
Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago