Tres Leches Cake – Pancho Anaya

By on July 23, 2010

Tres Leches (Three Milk ) Cake has become a weakness in my life. I have tried many versions but my favorite is the first one that I tried several years back. None of that strawberry filling stuff, just great dense sweet cake and sweeter milk. It is the made by the folks at Pancho Anaya. They have several locations in Tulsa, but the one I usually find myself in is the one on 21st east of Garnett.

Very few cakes can compete with this dense cake that is soaked in a combination of three milks. This cake uses condensed, evaporated, and straight up milk that is poured over the cake. Others will make the cake moist, but this one is literally dripping with a layer of the three milk liquid on the bottom. It is sweet and has a thick super milk’ness. Then the cake is topped with a whipped cream and a couple marischino cherrys. All in a perfect single serving portion sold nice and cold, found in the fridge. The folks at Pancho Anaya are nice enough to give you a spoon which makes it really hard to wait until I get home to dive into it.

Now this is one of those places that English is rarely spoken and barely understood except if there is a young person around. It is my understanding that they are working on it, but this location didn’t take credit cards yet. So bring your cash. And yes, the cake isn’t the cheapest, hovering around 5 bucks, but man, it is good!

While you are there, check out the other items since this is a Mexican bakery. And to make the experience a little more enjoyable, here’s how it works there. When you enter you will see trays and tongs. Pick up a set and then start your wandering. This is due to the fact that they don’t package any items so you simply pick what you want up with the tongs and put it on your tray where the items will be sacked for you at checkout.

Mexicans seem to not like their pastry items as sweet as Americans so don’t expect those giant cookies to be very sweet. This was a big surprise on my first visit. But if sweet is your thing, the churros and the donuts do fall into that category. And these are some of the biggest donuts around. My other favorite is the giant crescent rolls that are filled with a little cream cheese and jalapeno.

Pancho Anaya, my gold standard for Tres Leches Cake.

Pancho Anaya Mexican Bakery
(21st & Garnett)
7942 East 21st Street
Tulsa, OK
(918) 622-0075

About Jeff

As a professional audio engineer (soundman) based out of Tulsa for over 20 years, He has had the opportunity to visit over 20 countries throughout Africa, Europe, and the Americas plus 45 states inside the USA.  One the most enjoyable experiences while traveling is to experience the culture through local grub.  His motto in eating is “Try a bite of anything as long as it isn’t biting back”.  This has proven successful except for a few times like the “fish jello” in the former Soviet Union and the “extremely bone filled fish soup” in Nigeria.

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  1. Brian Schwartz

    July 23, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for writing this! I ran across Tres Leches in my visit to Mi Tierra, the Peruvian restaurant, where a yummy piece is only $3.50. I put a photo of it here:

  2. Jeff C

    July 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Don’t know what happened but my second pic, which showed their cake didn’t make the post. Maybe the moderator can help out?

    • Staff

      July 23, 2010 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you Jeff! We just posted it. Great review!


      • Brian Schwartz

        July 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

        I didn’t know you could do that! In my Asian Cuisine review, the photos got switched (the photo of clams with black beans is where the photo of the casserole should be, and the photo of the casserole is, by a strange and eerie coincidence, where the photo of the clams with black beans should be) but I didn’t tell you cause I thought nothing could be done about it.

      • Jeff C

        July 24, 2010 at 10:06 am


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  4. Brian Schwartz

    August 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I made the long long drive today but alas! they had no Tres Leches cake. (Drive was not in vain since my main destination was Super Pollo nearby.) So we got slices of other cakes and they were moist, full of icing, nothing extraordinary but very satisfying. By the way, the address is NOT 7942 E 21 St, it’s somewhere around 11500 E 21 St but I don’t remember the exact number.

    • Jeff C

      August 6, 2010 at 9:31 am

      Blame the mods who will probably blame Google for that :) I have been lazy in not getting addresses since they seem to appear at the bottom of my reviews automatically. But since the building is so prominent on the street, I figured that a general direction was all that was needed.

      And yeah, I have experienced times when they are out but because of language barriers, I never was able to figure out if they bake it on certain days or not. For future reference, they have another and larger location on Garnett just south of Admiral which is less than 2 miles. (Was an old movie theatre that turned into a Corvette repair shop – Stand alone building down from Goodwill) Another location is somewhere in the North Lewis area supposedly not far from that Las Americas (only heard about it, never been).

  5. Kara

    August 31, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I went to Pancho Anaya specifically to get some tres Leches cake for my boyfriends birthday. We tried another Tulsa Mexican bakery a few years ago and were sadly disappointed with the Tres Leches cake there. As my boyfriend is kind of the authority on this particular matter I was on the hunt for an exceptional Tres Leches cake and I am very pleased to say I found it here! The cake is absolutely fantastic! I’m so excited to have found this place and will be going back. It’s an across town trek to visit, but it was totally worth it!

  6. jeff C

    September 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Wanted to post an update. . .

    The last time I went back, they added refrigerated case which is now full of sweet cakes and such. As well as the tres leches cake.

    • Pancho Anaya

      February 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Jeff, we appretiate the time you dedicated to this article. To show you our gratitude, we would like to give you a tour of the main bakery on 40 S. Garnett and share the history of our bakery since we have four generations making mexican pastries.

      Our correct addresses are

      11685 E. 21st St.
      (918) 234-3000

      40 S Garnett
      (918) 439-1010
      (918) 439-0100

      and soon 20 S. Lewis

      We now have bilingual personel in most shifts and we will soon accept credit cards.
      once again,
      Thank you!

  7. megan

    May 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I was so glad to run across this post, I’m looking for the perfect tres leches for a birthday party. Do u know if they will bake large custom cakes (50 person party) or if I will need to buy several small ones? Hoping I stop by when a bilingual employee can help me out!! Thanks for the post…

    • Brian Schwartz

      July 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

      They make a huge version which just might serve 50 people.

  8. Brian Schwartz

    July 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I finally tried the Tres Leches cake at Pancho Anaya and it is wonderful beyond belief. I got the one in the photo ($4), enough for three small servings. They also make a huge version about 15 times as big, that would be the best birthday cake. I bet I could eat it in a week.

  9. Joshua

    June 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Still the best tres leches cake in Tulsa!

    • Brian Schwartz

      June 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Yes it is. There’s one in my refrigerator right now. There would be two except I and this girl ate almost the whole cake yesterday.

  10. Shannon B.

    July 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Thanks so much! We went there this weekend because my husband loves tres leches cake and I remembered this post. We got the cake and 6 other treats (for about $8!) and had a great time taste-testing everything. It’s my daughter’s new favorite place.

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