7 Treats for a Super-Sweet Cinco de Mayo

The highlight of any feast for sweet-toothed diners is dessert. Here are our favorite classic and creative takes on Mexican-inspired recipes for the dessert course.
By: Colleen Park
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Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

Though tacos and margaritas may get most of the spotlight at Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the highlight of any feast for sweet-toothed diners is dessert. Here are our favorite classic and creative takes on Mexican-inspired recipes for the dessert course.

This impressive Mexican dessert pairs chocolate cake with flan for a fun and deliciously layered treat. The cake batter and flan mixture are poured into one pan and separate into two distinct layers during the baking process.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Want just the flan? Take your dish to the next level with homemade caramel in Tyler Florence’s recipe.

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Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Sponge cake is soaked in “tres leches” or three milks – sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream – for three hours or overnight for a super-moist result.

The magic of fried dough is such that it translates across cultures around the world as with Mexican churros, served hot with a dusting of sugar and cinnamon.

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Mexican cinnamon and chili powder add delicious heat in Aaron Sanchez’s brownie recipe.

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Photo by: Kat Teutsch

Kat Teutsch

Tamales get the dessert treatment, inside and out, with sugar and cinnamon in the dough and a coconut rum-infused filling of pineapple and pecan.

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Food stylist: Brett Kurzweil

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Lisa Shin , Lisa Shin Photography, Inc.

Bring margarita into the dessert course by making it into an easy granita.

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