Haunted Tres Leches Cake

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It’s the final night of Dia de los Muertos, and time for one last haunted recipe. This cake is so delicious that slices of it will disappear faster than a ghost!


  • 1 and 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 Ener-G eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 1 cup plain soy milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed coconut milk (such as Nature’s Charm)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 18 mini non-dairy chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life)
  1. To prepare the batter, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until combined. Add the Ener-G eggs and beat until combined.
  3. Add half of the flour, followed by 1/2 cup soy milk, and then the remaining flour mixture. Spoon the batter into a greased 8×8-inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes; a wooden pick inserted in the center should come out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the condensed coconut milk and the remaining 1 cup soy milk.
  5. Poke holes in the top of the cake with a fork – lots! This was definitely Travis’s favorite step. Tres Leches Cake (3)
  6. Pour the condensed milk mixture over the cake and it will seep down into the holes – a ghostly disappearing act, if you will.Tres Leches Cake (5)
  7. Cover, transfer to the fridge, and cool for at least 3 hours.
  8. To prepare the haunted topping, remove the coconut milk from the fridge, taking care not to shake the can. Spoon the top layer from the can and transfer to a bowl. Whisk until creamy. Add the powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; beat until combined.
  9. Spoon the mixture into a zip-top plastic bag and seal. Snip a hole in one corner and then pipe nine “ghosts” onto the top of the cake. Add 2 eyes to each ghost with the mini chocolate chips.

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Note: The whipped topping didn’t work well for us, most likely because we tried whipping by hand, not with our electric mixer.

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In a pinch, I used a can of vegan whipped topping that was in our fridge.

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Needless to say, these cute ghosts will make you want to say Boo! (or Howl1 or Groan! or any of the other spooky onomatopoeia mentioned on the recipe card).

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