A cake is a staple at any event or occasion that we celebrate. This dessert has become the center of birthday celebrations, anniversaries, house parties, and weddings. This has become a must, and parties are not the same without a cake to celebrate with. In this article, we will be discussing mouthwatering types of Mexican cakes that will capture your attention and have them on your next birthday or any kind of celebration. If you are a fan of cakes and would love to explore new flavors, you should definitely continue reading.
We have listed down 10 types of Mexican cakes that you will surely love:
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1. Marbled Tres Leches Cake
Tres leches are made from three kinds of milk; condensed milk, evaporated milk, and full cream milk, hence the name. The marbled tres leches is an upgrade to the classic flavor, adding cocoa powder to half of the batter to make the marbled effect. The effect is created by pouring the plain batter and chocolate batter alternatively and swirling it around to give the marbling effect. This is a sweet, creamy, and delicious cake, which is by far the most popular in Mexico.
2. Pastel de Elote or Mexican Corn Cake
This cake is often confused with cornbread, but they are totally different from each other. Pastel de Elote originated from Mexico. This cake is loaded with corn, and condensed milk is added to the batter to create a sweet cake that has a similar texture to bread pudding. The corn kernels add moisture to the cake, which sometimes leaves a silky film layer at the bottom of the cake.
3. Mostachon de Fresa or Strawberry Meringue Cake
This is often mistaken for Pavlova because of the meringue, but they have different characteristics. Mostachon de Fresa has crushed plain flavored biscuits and walnuts with cream cheese frosting. Usually, in Mexico, the fruit topping of choice is dependent on what kind of fruit is in the season when you make this cake, but strawberries are a crowd favorite.
4. Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Dulce de Leche is a popular ingredient in Mexico. It is basically a caramel made from condensed milk that is cooked for hours until golden brown. Most Mexicans use this ingredient in every way they can. This cheesecake is just like your typical cheesecake, but the batter has Dulce de Leche. You can add more Dulce de Leche Drizzle on top of your cheesecake, along with pecans, and you are all set.
5. Chocolate Chili Cake
Mexicans are known for loving all things spicy, and they cannot be stopped when adding spiciness to their desserts. Chocolate and chili combination goes way back when the Aztecs first discovered this fantastic combination. Now, the chocolate chili cake is a creation wherein chocolate cake is layered with Ancho chili paste. The frosting is also chili-infused, but the balance of both flavors is equal, which results in a beautiful blend of sweet and spicy flavor.
6. Chocoflan Cake
Grab the recipe at McCormick.com.
Two types of cake layers into one delicious cake. The Mexican Chocoflan is also a crowd favorite around the world. There are tons of versions of this cake you can find on the internet. The sponge cake and custard cake is stacked together and topped with Cajeta, Mexico’s goat milk caramel, which will give you three layers of decadence and sweetness you will surely love.
7. Mayan Chocolate Tart
This tart is not just a typical chocolate tart. This is infused with chili and cinnamon flavors that will give your taste buds a new sensation while you eat this. It is a simple recipe of chocolate tart, but with added flavors of chili and cinnamon. Though this might be an odd combination, if you love to try out new flavors, you must try this.
Get the recipe at SBS.com.au.
8. Mexican Chocolate and Cinnamon Ice Cream Sandwich
Mexico is known for its warm weather, and what’s another way to beat the heat but with an ice cream sandwich? This chocolate ice cream sandwich is not your typical chocolate flavor. Mexico’s chocolate ice cream is infused with spices like cloves and chilies, so you have that kick of flavor when you bite down into this ice cream sandwich. This is served after meals, during special occasions. Just remember to make this ahead of time.
You can find the recipe at BetterBatter.org.
9. Pan de Muertos or Bread of the Dead
Although this is a bread, not a cake, this is used to celebrate one of the holidays of Mexico, the Day of the Dead. Each year, people in Mexico celebrate this day and bring this bread to share and enjoy with family and friends. This is similar to a brioche bread, but this is infused with anise and orange to give it a different flavor to the bread. You can dunk this into chocolate sauce and just enjoy the flavors blending beautifully.
10. Rosca de Reyes or King’s Cake
Another bread for a festival, this is served during the Day of Kings every January. It is a sweet bread formed into a ring, thus the wreath. Then it is filled with dried cherries and almonds. There is a tradition with this bread. Before baking, the person will add a small doll that represents Jesus Christ, the bread will then be sliced and given to the people in the celebration. Whoever gets the doll will host another festival in February.
What Do You Think?
All of these traditional yet fun and delicious types of Mexican cakes are not just for Mexicans but also for everybody else. These delightful treats will surely be a conversation starter at any event you’ll be hosting. You can even try and spice these up to make yourself your own version or just use the traditional flavors of the recipes. For your next celebration, what will you be serving up? Making these at home will be a fun experience for you and your family. You get to enjoy every minute of baking these cakes and seeing the faces of your guests enjoying these mouthwatering cakes.