38 Mexican Cake Recipes For Every Occasion

Mexican Cake Recipes

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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!

Fruit Cakes

Pineapple cake

Mexican Pineapple Cake

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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Mexican Mango Cake

Mexican Mango Cake

Mexican mango cake is the staple recipe for family gatherings. Buttery, moist, and sweetest cake ever with cream and mango frosting. Add a balanced tartness with other ingredients, including baking powder, sugar, salt, butter, buttermilk, cream cheese, mango, and mint, and enjoy the flavors.

Fluffy whipped cream, secret sauce, and cake sponge soaked into the juices and aromas. It fills the mouth with pleasing flavors and gives a refreshing feeling. Tastes incredibly sweet and scrummy when cold.

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Mexican Strawberry Shortcake

Mexican Strawberry Shortcake

Want something refreshing? Just grab the ingredients and start making strawberry shortcakes. Strawberry shortcake is one of the best refreshing shortcakes. Light, softer, and tender bites melt in the mouth.

Eggs, kosher salt, all-purpose flour, baking powder, almond extract, sugar, heavy cream, condensed milk, lemon juice, and powdered sugar come together beautifully. Frozen, fresh, and powdered strawberries can be used. Top the cake with whipped cream and crunchy strawberries, and enjoy each flavor. Addictive, right?

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Mexican Piloncillo Upside-Down Apple Cake

Mexican Upside-Down Apple Cake

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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Mostachon de Fresa

Mostachon de Fresa

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.


Banana Cake with Cream Cheese

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese

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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Mexican Cinnamon Apple Cake

Mexican Cinnamon Apple Cake

If you are a cake lover, add one more delicious cake recipe. Mexican cinnamon apple cake is one of the tastiest cakes with plenty of tangy flavors. This cake best serves breakfast with only a few ingredients including flour, eggs, butter, apple, baking powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sugar.

Adding cream cheese makes the cake moist and tender. The cinnamon topping adds a crumbly and dense texture to the cake, which is the best thing ever. If you want a nutty flavor, then toss the cake in walnuts or pecans for the nutty texture. Super addictive and satisfying!

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Vegetable Cakes

Pan de elote (Sweet Corn Cake)

Pan de elote (Mexican Sweet Corn Cake)

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.


Pastel de Zanahoria (Mexican Carrot Cake)

Pastel de Zanahoria (Mexican Carrot Cake)

Moist and fluffy pastel de Zanahoria is the best carrot cake. This perfectly spiced and delicious carrot cake is filled with pineapples. The tastiest layers are the sweetest, and tangy cream cheese frosting melts in the mouth.

Perfectly spiced cake has extra sweetness and moisture, making you feel like heaven. A multi-layered round cake tastes delicious and delightful. Simple and easy. Grab your favorite ingredients and try something extraordinary this time.

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Pastel de Crema de Elote (Mexican Creamed Corn Cake)

Pastel de Crema de Elote (Mexican Creamed Corn Cake)

Don’t you like making tough cakes? Then this pastel de crema de Elote cake is the best. Soft and moist Mexican sweet corn cake featured classic and comforting flavors. Grab only milk, flour, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and baking powder to make this delicious cake.

A perfect piquant cake that serves delicious as an afternoon snack with your favorite drink. The sweet, moist, soft texture melts in the mouth, pleasing the eaters. Its sweet taste brings back childhood memories. Kid’s favorite all-time snack.

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Chocolate Cakes

Chocoflan

Mexican Chocoflan

Mexican desserts are popular for their somewhat unique and spicy flavor, and this one is a combination of 2 classics. The Mexican chocolate cake combined with a sort of Puerto Rican flan makes a dessert worthy of celebrations and is best served in the Mexican potluck recipes.

Make sure to add cinnamon and nutmeg to the cake mixture to give the typical Mexican flavors. It is time-consuming to bake, but once done and served, it might vanish before you even blink.

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Mexican Chocolate Cake with Berries

Mexican Chocolate Cake with Berries

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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Mexican Chocolate Sheet Cake

Mexican Chocolate Sheet Cake

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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Chocolate and Three Milk Cake

Chocolate and Three Milk Cake

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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Mexican Pinata Cake

Mexican Pinata Cake

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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Mexican Chocolate Mousse Cake

Mexican Chocolate Mousse Cake

As difficult as it might appear, the Mexican Chocolate pie is easy to pull off, provided you have used all the ingredients correctly. The combination 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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Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake

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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Jalapeno Chocolate Cake

Jalapeno Chocolate Cake

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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Chocoflan Impossible Cake

Chocoflan Impossible Cake

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 cupcakes.


Pastel Azteca de Chocolate

Pastel Azteca de Chocolate (Aztec Chocolate Cake)

Pastel Azteca de chocolate cake is one of those cakes that look fancier but are so simple. The chocolaty layers of the cake melt in the mouth and satisfy the taste buds’ cravings. You only need regular ingredients like butter, chocolate, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder to make this delicious finger-licking cake.

Serves best with evening coffee. The cinnamon topping adds a little more sweetness to the cake. Chocolaty appearance appeals to every cake lover. So, if you are also, try this cake and enjoy your evening.

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Mexican Chocolate Lava Cake

Mexican Chocolate Lava Cake

Are you looking for a chocolaty treat? Then try Mexican chocolate lava cake. It is a chocolaty, yummy delight to treat yourself! You make this delicious cake with dark chocolate, instant coffee, butter, vanilla extract, flour, eggs, and hints of cayenne pepper.

This chocolate lava cake is a perfect combination of sweetness and spices. It is a fun twist on traditional Mexican cake that will be a great journey to the heaven of flavors. So, imagine the taste of a soft, spongy cake with melted chocolate inside.

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Flourless Bundt Chocolate Cake

Mexican Chocolate Bundt Cake

Mexican chocolate bundt cake is a perfect delight to end your day with sweet Mexican cake flavors. It has something irresistible with a smooth texture and sweet chocolate glaze.

Mexican chocolate bundt cake is a delicious treat with the richness of chocolate and the warmth of spices with a slight bitterness. Every ingredient in this cake helps to make it a perfect and exotic dessert, especially for those who love spicy and sweet combinations.

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Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake

Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake

Now, it is time to give a twist to the chocolate cake. The Mexican chocolate pound cake is equally delicious and finger-licking without the sauce. Use semi-sweet chocolate and cinnamon to add to this chocolate cake to bring a different twist.

Grab a few ingredients like sugar, vanilla extract, butter, semisweet chocolate, all-purpose flour, ground cinnamon, and baking soda. With just a few ingredients, make the cake however you like. Serve it with a hot coffee, and enjoy your afternoon.

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Mexican Caramel Cream and Chocolate Cake

Mexican Caramel Cream and Chocolate Cake

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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Dairy Cakes

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

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 smoother.

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.


Pastel de Tres Leches con Coco (Coconut Tres Leches Cake)

Pastel de Tres Leches con Coco (Coconut Tres Leches Cake)

Pastel de Tres leche con coco is a velvety cake drenched in coconut milk and then topped with poached peaches. The added boost of the coconut makes the dish stand out.

Decorate the cake and enjoy its flavors of whipped cream. Fluffy and spongy cake tastes incredible with crispy chocolate flakes. Scrummy bites are perfect! Serve the cake with tea that serves perfectly.

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Sopapilla Cheesecake

Sopapilla Cheesecake

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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Mexican Cappuccino Cheesecake

Mexican Cappuccino Cheesecake

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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Mexican Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Mexican Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

This decadent, smooth, silky cheesecake is a cake with lots of cheese and cream. The vanilla bean-flavored cake is perfect for specific occasions, like birthday parties. It only requires cream cheese, whipped cream, vanilla beans, eggs, and graham crackers. Simple, right?

Whipped cream topping melts in the mouth of every eater. This classic cake is famous for its rich and soft textured sponge. Yummy and delightful. This vanilla bean cheesecake is a must-try recipe if you want something simple yet scrummy.

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Specialty Cakes

Pumpkin Cake with Mexican Chocolate

(Halloween Special) Pumpkin Cake with 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!


Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies (Keto Polvorones)

Some call it Russian tea cakes, others call it the wedding cake 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 one of the best keto and gluten-free desserts.

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.


Mexican Fried Ice cream Cake

Mexican Fried Ice Cream 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 recipes, here are the easy Cuisinart Ice cream recipes, and Ninja Creami Ice cream maker recipes.

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Carlota de Limón (Mexican Lime Maria Icebox Cake)

Carlota de Limón (Mexican Lime Maria Icebox Cake)

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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Niño Envuelto (Mexican Jelly Roll)

Niño Envuelto (Mexican Jelly Roll)

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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Mexican Churro Cake

Mexican Churro Cake

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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Rosca de Reyes

Mexican Rosca de Reyes

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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Mexican Cajeta Crepe Cake

Mexican Cajeta Crepe Cake

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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Borrachos Cake (Drunken Cake)

Borrachos Cake (Drunken Cake)

The drunken cake has an appealing appearance with a creamy topping. Its fluffy and rich texture is tastier than regular cakes because of the rum syrup. Its rich and moist sponge has a wonderful texture without being soggy and melts in the mouth instantly after taking a bite.

A perfect cake for any occasion like a birthday party, wedding anniversary, and many more. Use the store-bought sponge for the base of the cake and top with your favorite fruits. Full of buttery flavors.

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FAQs

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.

Mexican Cake Recipes

36 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 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Cakes, Dessert
Servings 5 persons

Ingredients

  • Tres Leches Milk Cake
  • Mexican Chocoflan
  • Mostachon de Fresa
  • Pan de elote Mexican 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 de Reyes
  • Mexican Cajeta Crepe Cake
  • Chocoflan Impossible Cake
  • Mexican Mango Cake
  • Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake
  • Mexican Strawberry Shortcake
  • Pastel de Zanahoria Mexican Carrot Cake
  • Pastel de Tres Leches con Coco Coconut Tres Leches Cake
  • Pastel de Crema de Elote Mexican Creamed Corn Cake
  • Mexican Cinnamon Apple Cake
  • Borrachos Cake Drunken Cake
  • Pastel Azteca de Chocolate Aztec Chocolate Cake
  • Mexican Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cakeCalories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 15g
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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.

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