You have to try one of these traditional Cinco de Mayo Dessert recipes at your next party or Mexican-themed dinner. Round off your menu with one of these easy-to-prepare recipe ideas. You are sure to find the perfect dessert that everyone will enjoy!

desserts that are traditional Mexican

Cinco de Mayo is a great time to throw a party with friends and family. Create the perfect Cinco de Mayo with these Mexican Party Theme Ideas and Recipes or this Mexican Dinner Party, I have gathered everything you need to easily throw a festive party. There are even printable Mexican-themed party decorations. I have recipes from Mexican appetizers to helpful tips on how much taco meat per person when hosting a party.

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What are traditional Mexican desserts?

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  • Flan – baked custard with a caramel crust
  • Sopapillas – fried puffy dough often drizzled with honey
  • Churros – fried dough often dipped in chocolate
  • Wedding cookies– shortbread cookies with powdered sugar on the outside
  • Conchas – A sweet, bread roll, with a crumbly cookie dough that acts as its topping.
  • Tres leches cake – moist cake made with “three milks” then topped with whipped cream
  • Pinata cake – sweet cake filled with treats when you cut into it
  • Leche Quemada – known as “burnt milk” candy is similar to fudge
  • Buñuelos – a dessert made from fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar. 

Delicious Cinco de Mayo desserts

This historic Mexican holiday is the perfect time to celebrate Mexican heritage. Mexico has so many traditional rich flavors when it comes to food. The best part is, that their desserts are no exception.

We have gathered a list of favorite Cinco de Mayo dessert recipes that will make it easy to fix authentic desserts for your friends and family.

Mexican cake

You are sure to find one of the best tres leches cake recipes below. First, there is a traditional light sponge cake and then a decadent Chocolate tres leches cake recipe.

Tres Leches Cake
Tres Leches Cake – Also known as Three Milk Cake, this classic Mexican dessert is a sponge cake that is drenched in three types of milk!
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Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
Chocolate Tres Leches Cake – A chocolate sponge cake that is drenched in three types of chocolate flavoured milk, and topped with chocolate whipped cream!
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This easy Mexican chocolate cake is perfect if you have guests at your Cinco de Mayo party that are gluten-free.

Mexican Chocolate Cake with Berries (gluten free, or not)
Mexican Moist Chocolate Cake with Berries (gluten free, or not) ~ this easy almost-flourless cake with the subtle hint of Mexican spices is decadent but light!
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Traditional Mexican desserts

Creamy flan is a rich flavored favorite dessert served in Mexico. The first flan recipe is similar to a traditional custard with a sweet caramel source. The next recipe is for the rich chocolate lovers at your party.

Mexican Flan Recipe
Flan is a silky vanilla custard topped with a yummy caramel sauce. It’s a very popular dessert that’s creamy, rich, and decadent.
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Creamy Chocolate Flan
This version of chocolate flan (a caramel custard) has condensed milk which gives it a creamy, luxurious texture and can be made ahead.
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Arroz con Leche Recipe (Mexican Rice Pudding)
Arroz con Leche (or Mexican Rice Pudding) is a delicious Mexican dessert made from simple ingredients including rice, milk, cinnamon, and sugar. It can be served hot or cold and is guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.
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If you love fried ice cream but would like an easy way to make it for a party then you need to try this recipe. No ice cream machine is needed, store-bought works great.

Easy Fried Ice Cream Dessert
You can make this Easy Fried Ice Cream Dessert in 25 minutes before freezing it! You’ll love this no-fry recipe with toasted corn flakes.
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Easy Air Fryer Churros
Air Fryer Churros are golden tasty pastry treats, where every bite has a tender inside with a crispy outside that’s tossed in cinnamon and sugar.
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Air Fryer Easy Mexican Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas
Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas are tortillas filled with a creamy cheesecake filling, fresh strawberries, and cinnamon sugar coating.
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Mexican Chocolate Mousse With Ancho and Orange
Mexican Chocolate Mousse With Ancho and Orange combines the luscious flavor of Mexican chocolate with Triple Sec and a hint of ancho chile powder in a fluffy, creamy mousse! A sweet treat that’s hard to beat, and not a lot of effort…
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Cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes with Tequila Lime Buttercream ~ Barley & Sage
Wish you could have your margarita and eat it too? These boozy margarita cupcakes are made with real tequila and topped with lime frosting!
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The kids will love these little piñata cakes, stuffed inside with fun confetti.

Fun Piñata Cupcakes Recipe – Little Sunny Kitchen
Simple to make scratch vanilla Pinata Cupcakes are topped with a smooth buttercream frosting and have a colorful sprinkle surprise inside.
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Strawberry Churro Cupcakes
Strawberry Churro Cupcakes are tasty and moist vanilla cupcakes laced with a hint of cinnamon and topped with a creamy strawberry frosting.
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Easy Cinco de Mayo desserts

To make it easy on party day, chose a dessert that can be made a day or two before. That way when dessert time rolls around all you have to do is to serve and enjoy.

Tres Leches Paletas
Tres Leches Paletas put a frozen spin on the classic Latin American dessert that are made with three kinds of milk and flavored with almond extract. #tresleches
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Cinco de Mayo Treats!
These white chocolate covered fresh strawberries are sure to be a hit for Cinco de Mayo. Easy to make and very festive!
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Strawberries and Cream (Fresas con Crema)
Strawberries and Cream, also known as Fresas con Crema, is the easiest no-bake Mexican dessert you’ll ever make! 5 ingredients and 10 minutes.
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Cinco de Mayo Popsicles
Colorful Cinco de Mayo Popsicles represent the colors of the Mexican flag! Kids of all ages love these juice popsicles!
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Unique Mexican dessert recipes

Mexican S’mores
Mexican S’mores are warm and melty with a delicious cinnamon and spice flavor for a tasty campfire treat that can also be enjoyed indoors.
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Raspados Mexicanos (Easy Mango Raspado Recipe)
Raspados Mexicanos are the answer to sweeten up your day and cool you down. Try this version made with fresh, juicy mangoes!
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Mexican Wedding Cookies
This recipe for homemade Mexican Wedding Cookies features a buttery two bite pecan shortbread covered in powdered sugar. This kind of cookie has many names and they’re sometimes called Pecan Balls, Russian Tea Cakes or Snowballs. Regardless of what they’re called, it all spells delicious. Easy Mexic…
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Spicy Flourless Mexican Chocolate Cookies – Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Flourless Mexican Chocolate Cookies are sweet and tender with a kick of warm spices. An easy gluten free recipe inspired by spicy Mexican hot chocolate.
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Healthy dessert recipes for Cinco de Mayo

If you are looking for a sweet treat that is healthy then you will want to make one of these great fresh fruit dessert ideas. Using fruit as the main ingredient is the perfect treat that is not loaded with processed sugar.

Easy Tropical Fruit Dessert Nachos (Vegan)
It’s time to get creative in the kitchen! These vegan dessert nachos are a fun and tasty way to enjoy a sweet summer treat. They are perfect for parties, or any time you want a
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Mexican Paletas Popsicles
These colorful easy Mexican Paletas (fruity popsicles), made with four ingredients are refreshing on hot summer days and Cinco De Mayo.
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Cinco de Mayo recipes and party ideas

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