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Tne Many Faces of Mexican Cake Making

Jul 19, 2008
Mexico has their share of sweets. You can find sweet drinks, to candies and chocolates, and of course cakes. One cake that is popular and simple to make is the Mexican Chocolate Pound cake. What makes this cake a classic is the addition of Mexican chocolate and cinnamon. It is simple to make and very tasty!

If you want something lighter than Mexican chocolate cake, you could try Tres Leches Cake. In English, this means "cake of three milks." This Mexican cake is a butter-based cake, soaked with condensed milk, whole milk, and evaporated milk. The cake contains quite a few air bubbles because the milk does not contain butter.

The top of the cake can have fruit such as raspberries to add extra flavor. This cake is common in many parts of Latin America. The origin is not surely known, but is thought to be between Nicaragua and Mexico, where the cakes were found the earliest. Tres leches cakes are great at parties and other special celebrations.

It is no secret that Mexicans love spices. Jalapeos and chilies are sometimes added to Mexican cakes containing chocolate. Rather than tasting strange like you might imagine, it gives the cake an interesting kick. The Mayas combined cocoa and chili for hundreds of years. Chocolate Jalapeo Cake, for example, has a spicy kick to it, because of the finely chopped jalapeos added to the recipe.

Another popular cake that is made in Mexico is called Rosca. You will have to wait until the holiday season to find it though because it is a cake that is made around December until February. It is made into a circle shape that represents the crown of the three kings. The cake is flavored with lemon and orange zest and also contains almonds.

The cake is usually topped with colorful fruits and inside is a miniature baby Jesus doll. Whoever gets the doll in their slice of cake has to provide the Rosca for the next celebration. You can buy this cake from local bakeries or make your own.

If you do not want Mexican milk cake and it is not the occasion for Mexican wedding cakes, what about Mexican crepes or one of the other wonderful treats Mexican cuisine has to offer? These are often topped with Cajeta, a kind of caramel sauce, and toasted pecans. Sometimes other toppings are used on Mexican crepes as well, such as chocolate sauce, cinnamon, raspberries, or cream.

If ever having a fiesta, try baking a cake. Some cakes have tropical fruits in them, while others are richer and contain cinnamon. Whatever you enjoy in other cakes, you will find in Mexican style ones. To make sure the cake is authentic, purchase actual Mexican cocoa and follow the recipe accordingly. It is sure to be a big hit at your next celebration!
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