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Healthier Tres Leches Cake and a Coach Bag Giveaway!

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Photo Courtesy of Zespri

Today is an exotic fruit kind of day.

It’s also a recipe makeover day.

AND – it’s a giveaway day!

Could it get any better than that? So let’s start with the recipe makeover, inspired by Zespri KiwiFruit and a comment I recently received on my Facebook Page, where one of my readers requested a healthier Tres Leches Cake recipe.

After scouring the internet for inspiration, I came across this recipe from Eat Better America, which I decided to switch up a bit by adding some fresh, ripe Kiwis to give it a bit of an exotic twist.

Why Kiwis?

Because when Kiwis are ripe, they are juicy, sweet, slightly tangy, and just absolutely delicious, which make them the perfect addition to this cake.

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s almost 100 calories less per serving than the original (from 350 calories to 260 calories per slice), and it has 1/4 the amount of fat in it! (from 16g to 4.5g). Here’s how you make it:

Healthier Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: Makes 15 cakes

Serving Size: 1 cake

Calories per serving: 260

Fat per serving: 4.5g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 260 Calories, 4.5g Fat, 285.1mg Sodium, 49.9g Carbs, 0.8g Fiber, 33g Sugar, 5.3g Protein


  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
  • 1.25 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 can (14 oz) fat-free sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup fat-free (skim) milk or fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 container (8 oz) frozen reduced-fat or fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 KiwiFruits (2 sliced, 2 pureed)


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, vanilla, whole eggs and egg whites with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
  3. Bake 29 to 35 minutes or until edges are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes. Poke top of hot cake all over with fork or wooden skewer, wiping fork occasionally to reduce sticking.
  4. In medium bowl, stir condensed milk, evaporated milk and skim milk until blended. Slowly pour evenly over top of cake. Cover; refrigerate about 1 hour or until mixture is absorbed into cake.
  5. To make individual sized cakes (pictured above), wait until the cake has chilled for 1 hour, then use cookie or biscuit cutters to cut out rounds.
  6. Puree 2 kiwis in a food processor, and mix into the whipped topping until combined.
  7. Spread whipped topping over cake (or mini cakes). Top with sliced kiwis.


Adapted from LiveBetterAmerica


And now, our giveaway: To help us celebrate this healthy recipe with Kiwis, ZESPRI Kiwifruit is giving two lucky readers the opportunity to win a Kiwi-inspired Coach change purse valued at $100!

To Enter: You can enter in one of three ways (each option below counts as a separate entry):
  1. Subscribe to The Picky Eater via RSS or via email
  2. Follow me on Twitter (@pickyeaterblog)
  3. Like The Picky Eater on Facebook

Then post a comment here letting me know which options above you chose, and what recipe you’d make using ZESPRI’s Kiwifruit.

This giveaway will be open until Monday, August 6th at 11:59pm PST. I’ll be selecting the winner at random (via and will contact them via email. I’ll be announcing the winner in the comments of this post on Tuesday, August 7th.  

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241 responses to “Healthier Tres Leches Cake and a Coach Bag Giveaway!”

  1. Subscribe via e-mail AND like you on facebook And follow you on twitter. Mmm recipe sounds delicious! I would try making the kids kiwifruit cone!

  2. I do all three! Love your healthy eating suggestions especially this one since tres leches is my favorite dessert.

  3. I’m a Facebook and Twitter and e-mail subscriber! You post the most wonderful things! Also, that change purse is adorable. I want to eat it right up! I’ve never tried tres leches, but you sure make those pictures enticing!

  4. oooh wee. 🙂 I do all three as well.
    I love kiwifruits! And I totally am looking forward to trying your recipe. Aside from the recipe, kiwis are good enough just to pop right in your mouth! No cake needed (I can’t believe I’m denying cake!).

    • I love kiwifruits too! Can’t wait to hear what you think about the cake-makeover when you try it! 🙂

  5. 1. I subscribed to The Picky Eater via RSS / Google Reader (Terri Patillo)
    2. I Follow @pickyeaterblog on Twitter @GeorgiaMist
    3. I Like The Picky Eater on Facebook (Terri Patillo)

    I’d make those delicious Tres Leches Cakes and maybe… a Kiwi Pound Cake, too!

    Love the little bag!

    Terri P
    pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

  6. I subscribed via RSS and liked you on Facebook!

    Honestly, I love kiwis best by themselves – they’re so flavorful! So I would make the Kiwifruit Granita, which would really let the natural flavor of the kiwi shine.

  7. I already subscribe via RSS and have “liked” you on Facebook for awhile. I just added your Twitter feed! So excited! I would definitely pick the Choc ‘O Gold muffin recipe. We love kiwis and chocolate here, for sure! This is a winning combo in an easy-to-make recipe!

  8. That bag is too cute! I love kiwis, and Zespri’s recipes sound so delicious! I’d love to make the Rum Kiwifruit Daisy cocktail or serve shrimp with the kiwi guacamole!

    I already like you on facebook. I also follow on twitter! (@j_mosh)

  9. Follow you on facebook! The Kiwifruit cheesecake ginger bites sound awesome, I’m definitely going to try it out!

  10. I like The Picky Eater on Facebook – my FB name is Amanda Moore and I would make a kiwi tart or chop kiwi into tuna salad!

  11. I subscribe to your blog via email – vanillaglitter(at)gmail(dot)com and would make kiwi tart or chop kiwi into tuna salad!

  12. I’m following you on Facebook and Twitter. Your recipe sounds wonderful. Must try it. Love the cute Coach purse.

  13. I love kiwis, the bag is just too cute and I’d like to try the Tres Leches Cake; it sounds so delicious! Thank you!

  14. I would like to try the kiwi and papaya salad, and your tres leches cakes looks delicious. I haven’t seen the golden kiwis in the store in my area.

  15. I am following you on Twitter.
    I definitely want to try the Tres Leches cakes. They caught my eye and look sooooo yummy!

  16. Follow you on Twitter (@pickyeaterblog-twitter name wildcardacehigh (louise gilbert)
    I’d like to try the Tres Leches Cake

  17. Subscribed via email! Lovely pictures – I will be making this cake very soon for my mother, she loves kiwis as much as I do!! I’d also love to make a kiwi jelly for toast & the like!!

  18. email sub ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

    id love to make the Healthier Tres Leches Cake Recipe. im drooling right now…

  19. I subscribed via email…and my family loves kiwis! I’d probably make the tres leches cake…it sounds delicious!

  20. That would be tough since I am allergic to kiwi 🙁 Which sucks because I love kiwi…but I haven’t had one for years because it’s not worth the reactions

  21. I followed you on twitter and I like you on Facebook 🙂
    I love kiwis – in smoothies, in fruit salads, on froyo, or even just by itself!
    Your recipe looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it.

  22. Forgot to add what i would make…oops! i would make a fruit custard tart with the kiwis. sounds delicious. 🙂

  23. Like you on Facebook – Chrystal Jones
    Follow you on twitter – @chryskay
    Email subscriber – chrystaljns at gmail dot com

    I would like to try the Tres Leches Cakes recipe. Love kiwis.

  24. Subscribed via RSS feed {Google Reader}.
    Following you on twitter as mrsmchappell
    I like you on facebook – michelle chappell
    I would make fruit pizza with kiwis.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  25. Subscribed to Google Reader as Melinda Bele (lunamelle8 at
    Followed you on twitter as Mellabele
    Liked on facebook as Melinda W.
    I would make fruit tarts!


  26. I’m an email subscriber and liked facebook page. I just love the healthy recipes… The KIWIFRUIT GRANITA sounds yummy. Can’t wait to make it!!!

  27. following you on twitter username same as first part of email address, facebook name slightly different than name listed

  28. I love the Healthier Tres Leche Cake.I have to admit I am not the best cook or baker but the recipe looks like one even I could make. It just looks so good and refreshing!
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  29. I would make Kiwi Fruit Salsa.

    “Mild onion, kiwi, banana and orange are spiced with a chopped pepper in this refreshing summer salsa. Try it with chips, or as a side to grilled meats and fish.” .

  30. Do all three (twitter is ilovetoclap).
    I found a recipe years ago that combined kiwi with sliced star fruit. Yum!

  31. I am following on twitter as @wordromancer.

    I would make the cake recipe you posted above. I am actually anxious to try it- sounds delicious!

  32. I am a subscriber via email (
    I follow you on Twitter (@Swtlilchick)
    I follow you on Facebook (Charlene Kuser)
    I would make the PAN-SEARED SALMON WITH KIWIFRUIT SALSA .Thanks for the great giveaway and
    the Coach purse is too cute.

  33. I JUST found your blog. I’ve been looking for healthy recipes for a while & subscribed by RSS feed. Everything looks delicious! I def want to try your tres leches cake!

    • Aw thank you so much Rachel! It’s so nice to meet you – can’t wait to hear how my recipes end up turning out for you!

  34. Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let you know that Nieka and Rachael won this giveaway!! Congrats to both of you! 🙂 Zespri will be contacting you soon to coordinate shipping your Coach purses – congrats again!!

  35. I subscribed to the email newsletter ( AND to the RSS feed (!

    I am going to make this Tres Leches cake for my 76 year old Daddy who fell in love with that cake from living in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area for 25 years! He is gonna LOVE me this Sunday at family dinner! 😀

    • Thanks Vanessa! But just a heads up – this giveaway is currently over/closed. You can find my latest giveaway by clicking “home” in the top navigation bar on my blog 🙂 But I’m so glad you’re going to try this recipe! You’ll have to let me know how you and your Dad like it!

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