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Tres Leches Cake

By April 17, 2010December 3rd, 2020Desserts, Nutrition Education, Vegetarian, Weight Loss

Tres Leches Cake


Testimony of the Day

I am 42 years old and have been morbidly or super morbidly obese for 30 years.  When I was 11, I weighed 176 pounds and remember being very upset about it…that is when I started trying to lose weight.  For thirty years I tried numerous things to lose weight…and each time I did lose a little weight…about 40 pounds usually…then I plateaued after about a month to six weeks…then invariably I started to gain weight.  This weight gain happened while I was still working hard to lose weight…still eating low fat and low-calorie foods, exercising, being hungry most of the time, and craving food all of the time.  I know people thought I just wasn’t trying hard enough…I was cheating on my diet or not exercising enough…but I was doing everything I was supposed to…well, everything I was told I was supposed to do to lose weight.  So, I thought…if I am miserable, hungry, and gaining weight…why not just eat what I want, be happy and at least not gain weight?!?!?  Then I would feel guilty about ‘not trying’…giving up…so I would go at it again…completely committed and think “this time it’ll be different…I can do it this time”!  But just as before…success was short-lived and temporary…after years of this I just felt like a failure…what’s wrong with me?  …why can’t I lose weight…maybe it’s my thyroid…my metabolism…my genes…maybe I’m just a loser…I was 41 years old and had come to the end of my rope…I had resigned myself to the thought that I would be 360 pounds the rest of my life…using a seat belt extender, ordering my clothes online, feeling guilty every time I ate anything, and being uncomfortable in most places I went.

About a year before I reached this point my Dad told me about Maria as well as The Wheat Belly book…I had a little interest but not much…how could eating more fat and less fruit and grains be effective?  It couldn’t.  Dad lost a lot of weight…which I somewhat dismissed as…”I’m sure it’s unhealthy…or short term…men lose weight easier than women…etc.”.  He kept talking to me about it and recommending I at least try it…I was tired of trying and failing though…I didn’t want to try anymore.  But after a little while I was inspired so I decided to give it one more shot…I went to a weight loss clinic to sign up for appetite suppressants…which I was provided along with counseling on eating right and exercise…lots of whole grains, fruit, fish and other lean protein…very low fat and low calorie.  I went back weekly to weigh in and lie about what I was eating…when asked if I was sticking to the diet I said yes but I wasn’t.  I was following Maria’s advice instead and for about 7 weeks I continued with the clinic weigh-ins and appetite suppressants…losing almost 45 pounds in that time but I knew how dangerous the drugs were and so I stopped taking them after that 7 weeks but continued with Maria.  After 8 ½ months I lost 150 pounds, I am down to 210 pounds…less than I weighed in the 7th grade!  (As a side note a few people who started the weight loss clinic at the same time as I did…and followed the eating plan they were given including continuing with the drugs for over six months…lost weight for a few weeks but unfortunately have gained that back at this point.)  After all the years of struggling, feeling like a failure and being miserable…this lifestyle has been almost easy…the transition was a little hard in the beginning but the last six months have been a delight!  

This has changed my life…I never thought I would lose weight…I had given up.  When people ask how I lost weight and I begin to explain…I always get the looks…then the criticism…” well that can’t be healthy…you know fat is bad for you…you need whole grains…the fruit is natural how can that be bad”…etc.  But it makes me a little angry that there is a real solution available for weight loss and people are still struggling…and that I struggled so long when it doesn’t have to be that way…and, worst of all we are still getting the ‘mainstream’ lies shoved down our throats. I still have weight I would like to lose but I now look forward to each day…I love that I can actually live now and not be a prisoner of my weight and a slave to the addiction of food.  I started in size 34 pants and size 5X/6X tops…I am now in size 16 pants and size XL tops…’regular people’ sizes…lol.” Candi

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tres leches cake

DIET does NOT mean Deprivation!

tres leches cake

1 cup erythritol (or xylitol)
1 tsp stevia glycerite (omit if using xylitol)
5 egg yolks
5 egg whites
1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup blanched almond flour
1 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1 (14 ounces) can coconut milk
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
1-pint heavy whipping cream
1 tsp stevia glycerite (or to desired sweetness)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with coconut oil spray. Beat the egg yolks with 3/4 cup erythritol until light in color and doubled in volume. Stir in almond milk, vanilla, almond flour, stevia, and baking powder.

tres leches cakeIn a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup erythritol. Beat until firm but not dry. Fold egg whites into yolk mixture. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow cooling 10 minutes. Loosen edge of the cake with a knife before removing the side of the pan. Cool cake completely; place on a deep serving plate. Use a two-prong meat fork or cake tester to pierce the surface of the cake.

Mix together coconut milk, 1 tsp stevia, almond milk and 1/4 cup of the whipping cream. Discard 1 cup of the measured milk mixture or cover and refrigerate. Pour remaining milk mixture over cake slowly until absorbed. Whip the remaining whipping cream until it thickens and reaches spreading consistency. Frost cake with whipped cream. OPTION: Crumble the cake and serve as a “pudding cake.” Makes 8 servings.

Traditional Tres Leches = 579 calories, 70.3 carbs, 0.4 g fiber
“Healthified” Tres Leches = 459 calories, 8.4 carbs, 2.8g fiber


Plan Plan Plan is the key to success

Recipes like this can be found in my cookbook…Yes, I even have dessert recipes in The Art of Healthy Eating Slow Cooker! One trick that works for our family is that Craig helps clean up after dinner, while I prepare dinner for the next night. I often fill my slow cookers with a main dish, side dish and dessert (yes, I have 3 beloved slow cookers). Then in the morning, all I have to do is take the slow cooker shell out of the fridge and turn them on. That takes so much stress and anxiety out of my day!

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Happy Eating! Thank you all for your love and support!

tres leches cake


It has been grossly simplified that menopausal women have low estrogen and are often give estrogen as a hormone replacement and can cause further estrogen dominance. The first hormonal shift is a downgrade in progesterone. Not estrogen. In some cases, estrogen gets too high. Estrogen and progesterone need to be counterbalanced. When progesterone falls estrogen is unopposed which allows it to shoot up too high. Causing estrogen dominance. Why not enough progesterone? Low fat, specifically low saturated fat diet, and external bad estrogens.

Our body produces 3 types of estrogen:
1. Ovaries produce healthy estrogen: Estradiol
2. Fat Cells store and form unhealthy estrogen: Estrone
3. 3rd type is produced only when pregnant: Estriol

Healthy estrogen from our ovaries gives women ample curves, attractive breasts, and youthful skin. However, estrogen from our fat cells and external sources causes too many curves or you might say ‘bulges,’ mainly in the belly area. Farmers have known this for years. They use a little synthetic estrogen to fatten their cattle. But women say to themselves; “I don’t take any form of estrogen. Why do I have too much?” The sad truth is that estrogen comes from our food choices. Excess bad estrogen can come from:
Our bodies make more estrogen when we eat too many processed carbohydrates. Insulin, the master hormone, is secreted from the pancreas in response to sugar and processed carbohydrates. Insulin stores fat and also causes our bodies to make more unhealthy estrogen.

1. Pesticides: Non-organic produce and coffee contain pesticides which are xenoestrogens. This would include herbs and spices.

2. Non-organic meat and poultry: Today, more than 80% of the cattle are raised by using such artificial hormones that help to increase their growth rate as well as the body mass. These hormones are Zeranol, Estradiol, Testosterone and Progesterone, Melengestrol acetate and trenbolone acetate. Zeranol and estradiol can cause some serious health problems. These hormones in food products can lead to severe health problems including ovarian cyst and cancer.

3. Soy consumption: Soy contains “isoflavones” which are changed in the body to “phytoestrogens,” which are similar to the hormone estrogen.

4. Alcohol: Alcohol causes a quicker aromatization of androgens into estrogens, which explains why men who are heavy drinkers often get gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) over a period of time. A “beer belly” isn’t really a beer belly, it is an “estrogen belly!”

5. Plastics and microwaves: Make sure to never microwave in plastic or drink from plastic water bottles.

6. Topical products and soaps: Even common soap can be estrogenic, everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream too.

So with the combination of low “healthy” estrogen and high “unhealthy” estrogen, we have a combination that is undesired in many ways.

Unlike some of the things you may have been told about the benefits of soy during menopause, I am not going to recommend it. Soy is damaging in too many ways and actually increases estrogen even further. Soybeans have a couple of issues.

1. One problem is phytic acid, also called phytates. This is an organic acid (found in the hulls of all wheat) which blocks the body’s ability to absorb minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and especially zinc.

2. Soybeans also contain enzyme inhibitors called trypsin which block the absorption of enzymes that the body needs for protein digestion and can cause serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and can lead to chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake (causing depression and other mood disorders and a decrease in muscle tone).

3. Soybeans also contain a clot promoting substance called hemagglutinin, which causes red blood cells to clump together. These blood cells are unable to absorb oxygen for distribution to the cell’s mitochondria (this is how we burn fat when we exercise) and is detrimental for cardiac health.

4. The trypsin and hemagglutinin are “growth depressants.” Which is why soy formula is so bad for babies. So, instead of soy, let’s look into a different formula for menopause.

Let’s discuss how low healthy estrogen affects menopausal symptoms. A well-formulated keto-adapted diet works for menopausal symptoms by replacing glucose that’s lacking from the estrogen-deprived brain. When glucose can’t get into the brain, it causes hot flashes and low cognitive function, two common complaints of my clients going through menopause. Ketone bodies are water-soluble fat breakdown products that can pinch hit for glucose in the brain and other tissues.

When the brain is deprived of estrogen after decades of exposure, hot flashes arrive. During the years of exposure, estrogen becomes closely involved in the transportation of glucose into the brain cells. When we are menstruating and have healthy estrogen, it transports about 40 percent more glucose into the brain cells than would be shuttled without estrogen. When the healthy estrogen goes away at menopause, the transportation of glucose into the brain cells decreases, and the brain cells become a little starved for energy. The hypothalamus responds to this starvation by increasing the release of norepinephrine [adrenaline], which increases the level of sugar in the blood, to raise the heart rate, and this causes an increase in the body temperature. A hot flash is an outward sign that the brain’s trying to protect itself from blood sugar starvation.

Ultimately, you want to use fat to fuel you’re your body instead of carbs. Carbohydrates promote inflammation and lead to hormonal imbalances that further intensify symptoms. Women who are already in menopause and halt the detrimental symptoms with a well-formulated keto-adapted diet often see a regular menstrual cycle return, less belly fat tissue, along with increased libido.

So, if you need to indulge, try this treat that will keep your blood sugar under control.

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Beth says:

    This recipe sounds great! I have a menopause question for you. I just had my annual gyn appt.Friday and was asking my gyno about hot flashes. Mine are worse at night with sweating and all….yuck….she says it’s a lack of estrogen that causes hot flashes/night sweats. Do you think that is correct? I am on bioidentical hormone cream that is compounded just for me. It’s a mix. of estrogen(s), progesterone, and testosterone. She wanted me to ADD a Vivelle DOT in addition to the cream I’m using to see if that stops the night sweats. After I read the info yesterday, I really don’t want to be adding more estrogen to my system as I am a low carber and already eat lots of meat from the grocery store that I know is not grass fed. Just wondering what your thoughts are on which hormone lack of or too much of causes hot flashes/night sweats???? Thanks so much!

  • Jessica says:

    You are my hero! This is one of my favorite cakes and couldn’t figure out how to decarb it. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Hi Beth! I would actually try the recommendation. As we lose the “healthy” estrogen from our ovaries, we lose that metabolism. There are 3 types of estrogen. I would steer clear of the carbs and sugar that increase the estrogen receptors that are stored in our fat cells.

    Keep me posted!

  • You are welcome Jessica! Let me know if you try it!

  • Maria, I’m so glad I happened upon your site a few weeks ago. I’m 53, and have been following Step One of the Metabolism Miracle eating protocol for five weeks. Your information is a great supplement. I have you on my feed and always look forward to your wise words and delish recipes.

  • Thank you Mona! You totally made my day!!!

  • Cher Murphy says:

    OMG, Maria!! This cake is to die for! I just got done making it. It was good w/out the topping and I almost left it plain, but I had to try the finished product. It’s scary good…I will have to watch myself around this one!

  • Thanks cher! Craig doesn’t even like cake and he liked this one;)

  • Anonymous says:

    could you tell me anything about the flip side and having too little estrogen?

  • Yes, too little estrogen is also an issue. When our ovaries stop producing estrogen our pituitary gland over secretes to try to get the ovaries respond which causes hot flashes. Too little estrogen (from our ovaries) will also cause sleep disturbances such as waking up at 3am with an inability to fall back asleep.
    And low sex drive due to vaginal dryness.
    Have a great day!

  • Maya says:

    Maria, I lost my period 3 years ago…I am 33, not menopausal, very healthy, except my hormonal levels are very low-Progesteron, testosteron, estradiol…carbs make me gain, even too much meat and veggies make me gain…If I eat more than 1200 cal I gain. I am doing interval trainings, running…daily …it is a must, or I gain. Is it possible that it is because of lack of my hormones that my metabolism is so slow? even on low carb diet? I started with bio-identical hormones, perscribed by my doctor…we are trying to get my ovaries to work..he said my thyroid is slow, too…Is hormonal replacement and thyroid meds gonna help or you think I should do something else?
    Thanks! Maya

  • Hey Maya!
    I actually have quite a few ideas that would be without prescription medications. But to know for sure, I would have to do an individual consult. I would love to help you through this journey!

    Do you know your DHEA hormone levels?

  • Maya says:

    Wow, you are so kind! Yes I know my DHEA saliva test was 11.5, estradiol<0'5L
    ProGesteron 21L, ratio Pg/ E2 42 L. I am leaving back to europe tomorrow and I will contact you when I get home. I havent had time to check how your sessions work, I hope you work with skype? Thank You and I hope to talk to you in private! 🙂 greetings, Maya

  • Thanks Maya! I look forward to working with you through this journey!

    Safe travels!

  • Ashley says:

    Maria, I am 38 and had surgery to remove my ovaries in January. I also had a hysterectomoy about 3 years ago so all my female organs are now gone. I PACKED on the lbs..I was on HRT plus an anti-depressant. I couldn’t lose weight no matter what. I stopped everything and am currently taking no hormones. I haven’t had night sweats or the sleep issues after stopping. Do you think I need to replace the hormones some way? I haven’t had any testing after stopping. Just curious what you think…I just bought your book about a healthy metabolism this weekend but haven’t gotten vary far yet. Thank you so much!! Ashley

  • Chris says:

    I have your cookbook, and I’ve been looking forward to trying this recipe. However, I don’t have a springform pan. I see in the picture that you have made this recipe as cupcakes. How many cupcakes does the recipe make, and how long should they bake?

  • Becky Dunlap says:

    Hey Maria!!! I’m new to no grain/low carb and slowly switching over. I have type 2 bipolar and have had insane life changing results in just moving from a horrible American diet to whole grains and whole clean foods without additives and preservatives, no sugar, no caffeine. So much so that I’ve went from 7 heavy meds to only natural supplements. This summer had some hard stuff and I let my diet go and I am now in a depressive episode and more commited than ever to eat healthy for life.
    I’m looking forward to even more improvement with low grains/carbs.
    I also do not have a springform pan, what are the changes for cupcakes? Also can I use swerve instead of the other sweetners? Thank you soooo much!!! I’m inspired.

  • Sandy Hazlewood says:

    Maria, I too have become a HUGE fan of yours! I love your book, and just watched your Metabolism Video Class. I love all of the recipes that I have tried so far, and I’m anxious to make this my next victim 🙂 I try to steer clear from dairy, though, and was wondering if you thought that full fat coconut milk might work in place of the heavy cream.

    Thanks for all you do for all of us!

  • N says:

    Dear Craig and Maria,

    Hi! I wasn’t sure where to post my question. I think it might fit in on this page. What has been your experience with low testosterone in men? My husband has been testing low, but with other chronic health issues, it wasn’t considered a priority. Last test, it was well below the low range and so he was prescribed androgel.

    What do you suggest regarding his hormones? I just downloaded your Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism. Your chart outlines how to increase and decrease (for women) testosterone. What about the prescription of androgel? Will it build his levels? Is it better to get bio-identical testosterone? Will the prescription cause nutritional deficiencies?

    He is type one diabetic, 48, has broken both feet twice, in the past 5 years. Loves to drink low fat milk. I have been weaning him off junk foods and increasing his good fats.

  • Belenda says:

    I’d really like to know how to finish this recipe with cupcake version. Can you tell me how long you baked and how’d you finish with the white icing? Do you still poke them and just leave a puddle of icing? Don’t want to mess it up… Thanks

  • Jo anne says:

    Oh, and I am 40 if that makes a difference. 🙂

  • cemmerich says:

    They will get better over time, but supplements can help a lot now. I have a supplement plan here that can help. 🙂

  • lois says:

    Just made the tres leche cake!!!Your a genius! Turned out great…Thanks!

  • Amber says:

    Will this cake still work if I use coconut flour? If so what is the conversion? Thanks Maria

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