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Mexican Dessert Recipes

Mexican dessert recipes usually aren't the first thing you think of when you hear "Mexican Food".

But if you really think about it, after eating highly seasoned mexican food ...

... a delicious sweet Mexican dessert is exactly what you are craving.


Flan (egg custard) is the best known Mexican dessert, but there are many more. I have collected a few quick and easy authentic Mexican dessert recipes for you to try. 

Most Mexican desserts closely resemble your favorites - with a little variety that makes them irresistibly delicious.

Table of Contentss

  • Dia y Noche (chocolate flan cake)
  • Quintessential Flan
  • Caramel Flan Cheesecake
  • Mexican Three Milk Cake (Tres Leches)
  • Arroz con Leche (Rice with Milk)
        Mexican Rice Pudding
  • 3 Course Mexican Meal
  • Pumpkin Candy Recipes    (new page)
  • Low Fat Dessert Recipes  (new page)
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  • Dia y Noche

    Chocolate Flan Cake


    3 eggs
    1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
    1 can of evaporated milk (12 fl oz)
    1 bar of cream cheese (8 oz)
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 box devil's food chocolate cake


    Combine eggs, condensed milk, evaporated milk, cream cheese, and vanilla in a blender and mix well.

    Prepare devil’s food chocolate cake mix according to box directions.

    Butter a Bundt pan (or other large, *deep* pan). The pan should be buttered very well; place the chocolate cake mix in the pan and carefully spoon the flan mixture from the blender on top of the cake mix.

    Cover pan with aluminum foil and place in a water bath. The water should cover the pan about half way. Bake for approximately 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes at 375 F. Check the cake with a knife until it comes clean to make sure is cooked. The chocolate cake will certainly be cooked, but the flan may take longer.

    Remove cake from the oven let cool for 30 - 60 minutes and then flip onto serving plate. Refrigerate overnight for the flan to completely set. You can serve immediately after cake cools, but the flan may still be a little soft in the middle.

    Top with butterscotch, caramel, chocolate syrup, or any other sweet topping just before serving.

    Quintessential Flan

    Flan, mexican candy, and other desserts ...the forgotten mexican dessert recipes. Tex Mex cooking is world famous for its spices and seasonings, but there are lots of sweets in the mexican cook book as well.

    That's probably a good thing - for the chef who accidentally used too much Habanero in his new recipe.

    Many mexican dessert recipes are similar to traditional desserts -- flan is a mexican egg custard.

    Spanish writer Vital Aza once said, "If you eat flan, you have a hearty appetite."

    • In France, flan is known as creme caramel or creme moulee au caramel.
    • In Sweden, the dish is called bryl pudding.
    • In Britain, it is called caramel custard, although a similar dish is called Cornish burnt cream.

    2 cups sugar
    8 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla
    4 cups milk


    Preheat the oven to 325 F. Melt 2 cups sugar in saucepan over low heat and cook until golden brown, about 5 to 8 minutes.

    Stir frequently as the sugar can burn quickly. Cover the bottom of 8 custard cups with the caramelized sugar.

    Alternate method:  You can use a 10 inch pie pan instead of individual custard cups. 

    In mixing bowl add remaining caramelized sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Boil the milk, then slowly add to sugar egg mix whisking well.

    Strain through a fine strainer. Ladle the mixture into the caramel coated custard cups (or pie pan), filling each 3/4 full.

    Put the filled cups into a Bain-Marie and cover. Cook for about 35 to 40 minutes. Check after 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature. To serve, run a knife around the edges to loosen and invert onto plates. Serves eight.

    That's it. Easy authentic mexican dessert recipes aren't very hard to make.

    Caramel Flan Cheesecake

    Makes 1 - 10 inch round pan

    This unique recipe is a combination of Flan (mexican egg custard) and cheesecake. Two desserts in one - no extra charge!


    3/4 cup white sugar
    8 oz cream cheese, softened
    5   eggs
    14 oz sweetened condensed milk
    12 oz evaporated milk
    1 tsp vanilla extract


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

    Melt sugar in a small, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until golden brown. Stir frequently as the sugar can burn quickly.

    Pour into a 10 inch round baking dish, tilting to coat bottom and sides. Set aside.

    Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well mixed. Beat in condensed and evaporated milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour into caramel coated pan.

    Line a roasting pan with a damp kitchen towel. Place baking dish on towel, inside roasting pan, and place roasting pan on oven rack. Fill roasting pan with boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the baking dish.

    Bake in oven 50 to 60 minutes, until center is just set. Cool one hour on wire rack, then chill in refrigerator 8 hours. To serve, run a knife around edges of pan and invert on a serving platter.

    Mexican Three Milk Cake
      (Tres Leches)

    Tres Leches

    A light sponge cake soaked with three different kinds of milk. This is a very moist cake recipe.

    Makes 1 - 9x13 inch pan

    3/4 cup butter, softened
    1-1/2 cups sugar
    9 egg yolks
    9 egg whites
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup milk

        Tres Leches
    14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 
      5 ounces evaporated milk
      2 cups heavy cream

    2 cups heavy whipping cream
    1 cup sugar

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan.
    Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks individually, beating well after each egg yolk. Stir in the vanilla extract. Combine the flour and baking powder and sift together.

    Add the flour mixture in small amounts; add small amount of milk and beat well after each addition.

    Repeat until all flour and milk have been thoroughly mixed. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl until whites form stiff peaks.

    Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter using a wooden or rubber spatula and spread evenly into the floured pan.

    Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Set cake aside to cool. 

        Tres Leches
    Combine 2 cups heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk in a medium bowl and stir thoroughly. Pour the mixture slowly over the cake and allow the cake to absorb the milk.

    The cake may not absorb all of the milk mixture ... when the cake has absorbed all the milk it can - you're finished.  Reserve any remaining milk mixture.

    Combine the whipped cream and sugar and spread over soaked cake. Refrigerate cake before serving. Pour reserved milk mixture onto plates and stir in strawberry jam in a swirl pattern (optional) before serving cake on the plates.

    Arroz con Leche (Rice with Milk)
    Mexican Rice Pudding


    1/2 cup    white rice
    1-1/2 cups   water
    1          lemon rind
    1          cinnamon stick
    1 quart whole milk
    1/4 tsp    salt
    1 tsp   vanilla extract
    1 cup   white cane sugar
    3 Tbsp  raisins (optional)
                     cinnamon, ground


    Add the rice, water, lemon rind, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan, bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cook until rice is tender. Remove the lemon rind and cinnamon stick and drain off any remaining water (Most of the water should have been absorbed into the rice).

    Add milk, salt, vanilla extract, sugar, and optional raisins to rice and cook uncovered over low heat, stirring occasionally until thick, about one hour.

    Serve warm or cold.

    The rest of the 3 course mexican meal is here:

    Main course (1) - Homestyle Beef Enchiladas

    Main course (2) - Cheddar Jack Cheese Enchiladas (vegetarian)

    Main course (3) - Authentic Mexican Chorizo (sausage)

    Appetizer - Quick & Easy Guacamole

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    Anyone want a comprehensive selection of Mexican dessert recipes? Flan, Tres Leches cake, brownies ... If it's a dessert recipe, I have it.

    If I don't -- I'll add what you're looking for. Perhaps you have a favorite dessert recipe you would like to share ... I'll add that too and credit you for the great recipe.

    Request or submit your favorite Mexican dessert recipe.

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