25 Mexican Cake Recipes

Mexican Cake Recipes

Because of its rich and diverse culture, Mexico is the birthplace of some fantastic flavor combinations, delicious desserts, and unique flavors of cakes. People from all parts of the world like spicy Mexican cuisine, and have adapted many dessert recipes. So why not bake a Mexican cake over the weekend for the special family dinner? We have some incredible Mexican cake recipes to test your baking skills!

1. Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Requires three different types of milk
  • Best served with black coffee
  • An ideal cake for everyday evening tea

The name tres leches signifies that the recipe requires regular milk, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk. Together these three make the texture creamier and more smooth. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon, which adds a sharp flavor to the milky cake. Cut in squares and serve. Tres leches are classic Mexican and deliver such a milky and creamy taste which is worth melting for! With a bit of effort, you can use the same recipe to make a red velvet or chocolate tres leches cake as well.

2. Chocoflan Impossible Cake

Chocoflan Impossible Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Rich, creamy taste of chocolate and caramel
  • Topped with vanilla-flavored flan
  • Mexican Cajeta Caramel sauce doubles the flavor

The most Astonishing fact about this cake is the order of layers before and after baking. You layer up the caramel first, pour the cake mixture, and finally, the flan. The baked cake will have the layers reversed. Try finding authentic Mexican vanilla bean and cajeta to prepare this chocoflan cake for a genuine taste. So if you are opting for a Mexican-style themed birthday party, try this as the best alternative to the birthday cakes.

3. Mostachon de Fresa

Mostachon de Fresa

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Flavored with nuts and cookies
  • A slightly dry textured cake
  • Prevalent in northern parts of Mexico

Mostachon de Fresa is a famous Mexican dry cake, which is loaded with lots of crushed nuts and cookies. The nuts add to the nutritive value, the crunch and the flavor of this fry cake. Other ingredients make the base loaf a bit dry and chewy, so it’s topped with cream cheese and strawberries. If you do not have strawberries, decorate with any other berry-like Raspberries to develop a personalized Mexican Raspberry cake recipe.

4. Pan de elote (Mexican Sweet Corn Cake)

Pan de elote (Sweet Corn Cake)

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • A classic Mexican street dessert
  • Best made with fresh corn kernels

Pan de elote is something you will always find on the Mexican streets, in their marketplaces, and on every restaurant menu. The fresh corn kernels make the best cake mixture, making a light and fluffy texture. The trick is to mix the batter gently so the cake fluffs. Dust with powdered sugar to give a classic look. Once you get familiar with the taste, it is something you would like to bake every day.

5. (Halloween Special) Pumpkin Cake with Mexican Chocolate

Pumpkin Cake with Mexican Chocolate

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Rich and moist texture
  • Blends well with spiced Mexican chocolate

When Halloween is just around, and you can spot spooky pumpkins everywhere, grab one and make a sweet cake. The base of this cake is versatile, and it can be used in a variety of pumpkin cakes like pumpkin coffee cake, pumpkin frosting, 4th of July cupcakes, and cheesecake. Mexican chocolate with a dash of cinnamon flavors it up, and it makes the best flavor combo with the pumpkin. Happy Halloween!

6. Mexican Wedding Cookies (Keto Polvorones)

Mexican Wedding Cookies

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 35 minutes
  • Gluten-free, keto recipe for people with diabetes and gluten-intolerant people
  • Delicious and easy to make

Some call it Russian tea cakes, others call it the wedding cake flavor of cookies, and some make it with pecans instead of peanuts. This recipe is quite an old one with so many versions, but this Mexican one is so delicious and crumbly, all because it is gluten-free. Use almond flour and pecans to make a traditional Mexican cake with a low caloric count. Sweeten them up with powdered xylitol. Although we might see them as cookies, in Mexico, they are known as cute little wedding cakes.

7. Mexican Piloncillo Upside-Down Apple Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • A unique Mexican-style apple cake recipe
  • Serve with whipped cream and caramel for double flavors

The secret of the flavor of this cake lies in Piloncillo, the classic Mexican unrefined brown sugar. A blend of piloncillo with nutmeg and cinnamon gives a sweet and spicy taste to the apples. Caramel not only adds flavor but is also used to enhance the appearance of cake and chunks of fruit. Use a bottled dulce de leche for decoration and an improved flavor blend. Garnish with wedges of fresh apples.

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8. Mexican Chocolate Cake with Berries

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • One of the most accessible flourless cakes
  • Flavored with blueberries and Mexican chocolate

Eliminating gluten from a cake recipe brings the challenge of binding the ingredients together, but thanks to the almond flour, this cake ends up equally moist, soft, and well-formed. If you don’t like berries on top, process them and add the puree to the mixture, along with dark chocolate, nutmeg, and cinnamon. A classic Mexican choco blueberry cake with a brownie-like appearance is perfect for your afternoon tea. Decorate with some fresh blueberries and shards of chocolate.

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9. Mexican Pineapple Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 45 minutes
  • Requires only six simple ingredients
  • Quick and easy to bake

One of the finest pineapple cake recipes is this simple and easy Mexican pineapple cake. So when you can’t think of any other dessert and are also short of fancy ingredients, do try this! Although this can also be made from canned Pineapple, we only recommend crushing fresh one to give a good, fruity texture and flavor.

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10. Mexican Fried Ice cream Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 25 minutes
  • A restaurant-style dessert recipe
  • It gives a classic flavor blend of ice cream, nuts, and cake

If your heart sings with a combination of original vanilla bean, some ice cream, creamy, moist cake, chocolate, and cream, then this fried ice cream cake will make you go crazy. Fried ice cream is a classic dessert served in Mexican street restaurants. Although the recipe does not have the exact fried ice cream, it has the same vibes. Imagine a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor rolled in cornflakes, covered in rich Whipped cream, and decorated with chocolate chips and berries… irresistible. If you love trying unique ice cream recipe, here are the easy Cuisinart Ice cream recipes, and Ninja Creami Ice cream maker recipes.

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11. Easy Sopapilla Cheesecake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Traditional Mexican Pastry like flavor
  • Sopapilla can be flavored both sweet and salty

Sopapilla is a traditional Mexican pastry, which is deep fried and served hot with either honey or pink salt. This recipe incorporates layers of cheesecake in between pastry layers. Sweeten up with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Cinnamon is also a traditional spice mixed in Mexican desserts. Allow cooling the pastry thoroughly before cutting up and serving.

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12. Carlota de Limón (Mexican Lime Maria Icebox Cake)

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • No cooking is required. Ideal summertime cake
  • Zesty and tangy flavors

Are you in the mood for no baking today? No problem. Carlota de Limon can be arranged in layers and set in the refrigerator so that you can serve a classic Mexican treat to your guests without any baking. The condensed milk mixed with cream cheese and lime juice make a tangy layer between the cookies. Set until a sliceable appearance, and Voila! Your cake is ready to serve.

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13. Mexican Chocolate Sheet Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Gluten-free recipe
  • Moist and rich texture with flavors of Mexican spices

When in Mexico, use a lot of cinnamon! This spice is abundantly used in many Mexican desserts and lends a sweet spiced flavor to the classic chocolate cake. The best part of this cake is its creamy buttercream frosting, which is so smooth that it melts in your mouth. Decorate with your favorite chocolate sprinkles or colored candies for a more festive look.

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14. Niño Envuelto (Mexican Jelly Roll)

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 45 minutes
  • A fruity, jelly filling inside
  • It makes a great combination with ice cream

If you love Swiss rolls for your evening teas, try this classic Mexican Nino Envuelto. Instead of cream, it is filled with jelly kike marmalade and topped with the same grated coconut. The refreshing tropical flavors and soft spongy cake layer make the perfect Mexican cake for your evening teas.

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15. Mexican Caramel Cream and Chocolate Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • The classic combination of caramel and chocolate flavors
  • Loaded with the goodness of cinnamon

Mexican desserts tend to be a bit on the sweet, spicy side, tantalizing your taste buds and delivering great new flavors. So for the next tea party, try baking this delicious chocolate cake layered with classic caramel frosting. If you are short of dulce de leche for this recipe, try making your own at home by using condensed milk.

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16. Mexican Churro Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 55 minutesIt uses light oils instead of butter
  • Greek yogurt lends the best texture and flavor

Ditch the heavy whipping creams and frosting and bake a classic Mexican Churro cake that is crumbly and has a crisp topping with swirls of cinnamon and powdered sugar. Churro is a fried pastry made out of unsweetened dough. The inside of this cake remains moist because the ingredients have oil instead of butter. Yogurt not only fluffs it up but also adds to the flavor and crispness on the top.

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17. Mexican Chocolate Mousse Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Prepare it a day ahead of serving
  • Mexican chocolate flavor loaded with cinnamon and Cayenne pepper

As difficult as it might appear, the Mexican Chocolate pie is easy to pull off, provided you have used all the ingredients correctly. The combinations of chocolate, coffee powder, cinnamon, and Cayenne pepper make it a dessert like none else. We recommend preparing it ahead of time, at least a day early. This will enrich all the flavors and give the cream enough time to settle.

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18. Mexican Pinata Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Colorful, appealing presentation
  • Best birthday cupcakes alternative

Who doesn’t love surprises, especially when they are hidden in a cake? For your child’s upcoming birthday, bake this classic Mexican Pinata Cake with jellies, candies, chocolates, marshmallows, and other fillings of your choice. Prepare different colors of frosting and decorate using piping bags and nozzles. This birthday Pinata cake is going to win the hearts and appetites of your little guests.

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19. Chocolate and Three Milk Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Combines two classic Mexican flavors
  • It can be made with Gluten free flour as well

The two best Mexican cake flavors are tres leches and Mexican chocolate. At this moment, you would have realized that Mexican desserts are all about cinnamon and its spiciness. This cake requires adding a bit of cocoa, and cinnamon powder to the tres leches mixture. Top it up with a creamy, smooth chocolate frosting. Use almond flour to keep it gluten-free.

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20. Banana Cake with Cream Cheese

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Delicious flavors of fruit and cream cheese
  • It can be made in a bundt pan

Banana cake may strike the flavor of banana bread in your imagination, so imagine it with a topping of delicious cream cheese custard. Use only fresh and ripe bananas. Add to the cake mix and set in a bundt pan. Pour cream cheese mixture and bake. The magic unfolds when you invert the pan, and the banana cake comes out wearing a crown of cream cheese. It is so delicious.

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21. Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • A lightly spiced chocolate cake
  • Best for festivities and celebrations
  • Combination of chocolate and vanilla flavors

We can indeed never get enough of Chocolate flavored desserts, especially when it is a Mexican hot chocolate cake. It requires some vanilla essence in the cake mixture and frosting, but if you get your hands on the original vanilla bean, it will work wonders. Spice up the hot chocolate with Mexican ancho chili. A classic, festive cake recipe that is too tasty.

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22. Mexican Cappuccino Cheesecake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • A flavor exclusively for coffee lovers
  • Spiced in Mexican-style spices

Admit it or not, cheesecake is our top favorite dessert for all occasions. The base is all chocolate, and the cream cheese is flavored with cinnamon and coffee powder. Easy to make and delightful to serve is this cake recipe. Add enough cinnamon to make it lightly spiced but not overly scented so that the original cheesecake aroma is retained.

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23. Jalapeno Chocolate Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • The taste is a bit on the spicier side because of real jalapenos
  • The chocolate flavor balances the overall taste

The thing about Mexican cuisine is that it is loaded with herbs and spices, not only in savories but also spices in their desserts. It may sound awkward, but chocolate and chopped jalapenos taste lovely. The trick is to chop the jalapenos perfectly and mix them into the chocolate cake mixture. Garnish with milky chocolate shards.

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24. Classic Mexican Rosca de Reyes

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Traditional festivity cake
  • Ideal for baking in the winter season

Rosca de Reyes is a classic Mexican cake that is flavored with fruits. It has a zest and tang of oranges and limes. Nuts also add to the flavor and crunch. This classic cake is topped with all the winter fruits. It is baked in a circle shape and resembles a crown, and inside the cake, there is a baby Jesus toy hidden. Whoever gets the cake slice with that toy gets to arrange the cake for the following festivity. Now that’s something cultural!

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25. Mexican Cajeta Crepe Cake

What’s Special?

  • Total time: 40 minutes
  • Ideal for children’s breakfast or lunch
  • Top with Cajeta for an authentic Mexican flavor

If you and your child love crepes, give it a Mexican touch and bake a delicate cake. This crepe cake gets its flavor from Cajeta, the classic Mexican caramel sauce with a hint of cinnamon. Top it up with fruits of your choice and add honey as desired. You can also add toasted pecans to add a crunch to this Cajeta Crepe Cake. Be sure to use authentic Mexican cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon in the crepe mixture for authentic tastes.

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Mexican Cake Recipes

25 Mexican Cake Recipes You Can’t Resist

Adalynn Ward
Because of its rich and diverse culture, Mexico is the birthplace of some fantastic flavor combinations, delicious desserts, and unique flavors of cakes. Here are the best mexican cake recipes you can't resist.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • Tres Leches (Milk Cake)
  • Chocoflan Impossible Cake
  • Mostachon de Fresa
  • Pan de elote (Sweet Corn Cake)
  • (Halloween Special) Pumpkin Cake with Mexican Chocolate
  • Mexican Wedding Cookies (Keto Polvorones)
  • Mexican Piloncillo Upside-Down Apple Cake
  • Mexican Chocolate Cake with Berries
  • Mexican Pineapple Cake
  • Mexican Fried Ice cream Cake
  • Easy Sopapilla Cheesecake
  • Carlota de Limón (Mexican Lime Maria Icebox Cake)
  • Mexican Chocolate Sheet Cake
  • Niño Envuelto (Mexican Jelly Roll)
  • Mexican Caramel Cream and Chocolate Cake
  • Mexican Churro Cake
  • Mexican Chocolate Mousse Cake
  • Mexican Pinata Cake
  • Chocolate and Three Milk Cake
  • Banana Cake with Cream Cheese
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake
  • Mexican Cappuccino Cheesecake
  • Jalapeno Chocolate Cake
  • Classic Mexican Rosca
  • Mexican Cajeta Crepe Cake

How to Make?
 

  • Mix all the ingredients of mexican cake recipes for a fine cake mixture
  • Bake as per instructions
  • Decorate with hot chocolate orcajeta
  • Include loads of love for yourfamily
  • Set the cake for family festivityand enjoy it to the fullest.
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Is Tres Leches Cake Spanish or Mexican?

The word Tres Leches originates from the Spanish language, and it means three types of milk. Classic Mexican Cuisine uses a blend of all three types to prepare any cake flavor. It can be regular, plain tres leches, Chocolate tres leches, Red Velvet tres leches, or fruit tres leches. The fact that the blend of 3 kinds of milk is typical for a Mexican cake signifies that Tres Leches is a Mexican cake, although it is served in many American and Latin regions.

Why do they call it tres leches?

The word tres leches essentially mean three milk. I.e., whole milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk. A sponge cake made by soaking in a blend of these three kinds of milk is known as tres leches cake. Famous Mexican cakes often have three types of milk; this is why the cakes are named tres leches.

Should tres leches cake be wet?

The simple answer is no! A tres leches cake should not be dripping or soggy. It should not have too much moisture causing it to disintegrate. A good tres leches cake is more moist than usual but can hold itself and has a soft sponge that doesn’t drench moisture. The texture should resemble a stiff pudding—dust with a bit of cinnamon to balance the milkiness of the cake with a bit of spice.

What are tres leches called in English?

Tres Leches is a Spanish word which in English means Three Milk. So a tres leches cake is called a Three Milk Cake in English. It is a popular Mexican dessert in many American, Latin, and Mexican Restaurants.

Conclusion

Mexican cuisine is a bit spicy, and so are its desserts. We have brought some of the most popular restaurant-style cake recipes, which are authentic Mexican cuisine. All it takes is a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, ancho chili, or jalapeno in the right amount to flavor up your cakes.

Adalynn Ward
Hello!! My name is Adalynn I love to eat, travel, and eat some more! I am married to the man of my dreams and have a beautiful little girl whose smiles can brighten anyone’s day!