Tres Leches Carrot Cake In A Jar

This Tres Leches carrot cake in a jar is perfect for a Spring picnic or an Easter brunch. We like to create not only traditional foods but also like to experiment with blending traditional foods with our new American favorite flavors. So, with Spring here, I decided to combine two of our favorite things: carrot cake and the classic tres leches cake.

Carrot cake tres leches in a jar

 

I took a shortcut for this version of tres leches and used a boxed carrot cake mix. However, I added an egg white to make the cake denser so it would not fall apart when I injected the milk mixture. It also made cutting the round pieces of cake to fit into the mason jar easier.

I love the combination of the carrot cake and the coconut tres leches mixture. Plus, the yogurt-based frosting makes this treat less sugary than a regular carrot cake.

Carrot cake tres leches in a jar

 

How to Make Tres Leches Carrot Cake In a Jar

For the Carrot Cake 

  • 1 box of carrot cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Decadent carrot cake mix with real raisins and carrots)
  • 1 cup hot water (I reduced this from 1 ¼  cups, which was what the box called for)
  • 3 Large Eggs + 1 egg white (I added the egg white to make the cake denser)
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • Shredded carrot for garnish

For the Tres Leches Mixture

  • 1 Cup of coconut milk
  • 1 Cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 Can of condensed milk

For the Yogurt Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 Cup of low-fat cream cheese
  • ½ Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¾ Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Carrot cake tres leches in a jar

 

Instructions

  • Bake the cake in a large 9″ x 13″ pan until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on cooling grid for 10 minutes. Turn carrot cake out onto cooling rack and let cool completely on rack.
  • Using the inside open space of the mason jar lid as a guide, cut out circular pieces of the cake.

Carrot cake tres leches in a jar

 

  • In a bowl, mix the coconut milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk.
  • Place a piece of cake in the mason jar and inject the cake with the tres leches mixture.
  • If you do not have an injector, pierce the cake carefully with a fork and spoon the Tres Leches mixture over the top.

Carrot cake tres leches in a jar

 

  • In a medium bowl, bring the cream cheese, yogurt, powdered sugar, and vanilla together and whisk until smooth.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to thicken.
  • Spread the yogurt cream cheese frosting on the tres leches carrot cake inside the mason jar.
  • Depending on the size of the mason jar, you can repeat this process with another piece of tres leches carrot cake and another layer of yogurt cream cheese frosting.
  • Garnish with shredded carrot.

 

Carrot cake tres leches in a jar

 

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Tres Leches Carrot Cake

 

Carrot cake tres leches in a jar

Tres Leches Carrot Cake In A Jar

A cute way to give a traditional carrot cake a fun twist

Ingredients

For the Carrot Cake

  • 1 box of carrot cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Decadent carrot cake mix with real raisins and carrots)
  • 1 cup hot water (I reduced this from 1 ¼ cups which was what the box called for)
  • 3 Large Eggs + 1 egg white (I added the egg white to make the cake denser)
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • Shredded carrot for garnish

For the Tres Leches Mixture

  • 1 Cup of coconut milk
  • 1 Cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 Can of condensed milk

For Yogurt Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 Cup of low-fat cream cheese
  • ½ Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¾ Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

    1. Bake the cake in a large 9" x 13" pan until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    2. Cool in pan on cooling grid for 10 minutes. Then, turn the carrot cake onto the cooling rack and let cool completely.
    3. Using the inside open space of the mason jar lid as a guide, cut out circular pieces of the cake.
    4. In a bowl, mix the coconut milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk.
    5. Place a piece of cake in the mason jar and inject the cake with the tres leches mixture.
    6. If you do not have an injector, pierce the cake carefully with a fork and spoon the Tres Leches mixture over the top.
    7. In a medium bowl, bring the cream cheese, yogurt, powdered sugar, and vanilla together and whisk until smooth.
    8. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to thicken.
    9. Spread the yogurt cream cheese frosting on the tres leches carrot cake inside the mason jar.
    10. Depending on the size of the mason jar, you can repeat this process with another piece of tres leches carrot cake and another layer of yogurt cream cheese frosting.
    11. Garnish with shredded carrot.

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