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a slice of chai tres leches cake on a small plate decorated with piped whipped cream, freeze dried strawberries and pistachios; spoon is taking out a bite from the plate

No Bake Chai Tres Leches Cake

  • Author: Zoha
  • Total Time: 15 min + cooling time
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


This delightfully soft and moist No Bake Chai Tres Leches Cake with a delicate chai flavor takes only 7 ingredients and 15 minutes of work


  • 240g milk (1 cup
  • 2-4 tbsp chai (loose tea) depending on how strong you want the chai flavor to be; I used 2 tbsp*
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder*
  • 300g sweetened condensed milk (roughly 3/4th of a 14 oz can)*
  • 400g evaporated milk (1 14 oz can)
  • 35-40 ladyfingers (about 1.5 packs with 24 ladyfingers each)*
  • 360g (1 1/2 cup) heavy cream for decoration
  • Optional: freeze dried strawberries and pistachios for decoration


  • Add the milk, chai and cardamom to a saucepan and simmer on medium low heat for 3-5 minutes to make the chai
  • Prepare three milk mixture by whisking together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and strained chai (make sure to squeeze out all the milk) in a bowl. Taste and adjust the flavor per your liking 
  • In a clean dish (I used a 7x11" dish), stack ladyfingers tightly to create one layer. Fill any gaps by trimming ladyfingers. 
  • Using a 1/4 cup measure, start drenching the ladyfingers. Make sure you get every one of them. You will use half of the chai mixture here. Don't worry if it looks like a lot, the ladyfingers will soak up the mixture
  • Wait 10-20 minutes for the ladyfingers to soak up most of the chai mixture
  • Repeat with the second layer of ladyfingers
  • Place the dish in the fridge for ~2 hours
  • In the meanwhile, whip up heavy cream to stiff peaks
  • Spread half of the heavy cream on top of the ladyfingers, using an offset spatula to even it out
  • Pipe the other half in dollops using a French star tip
  • Decorate with crushed freeze dried strawberries and chopped pistachios
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • If you add more chai, you may also need to add more milk as chai soaks up a lot of milk
  • You can skip the cardamom, or add it along with any other spices you like to make this a masala chai Tres Leches (e.g., cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove)
  • You can add anywhere from 1/2 can to 1 can of sweetened condensed milk depending on how sweet you want this cake to be, and how much chai you have added
  • The exact number of ladyfingers you end up using will depend on the size of your pan - just make sure you use between 35-40, otherwise the ratio will be off from the milk mix!
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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