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A Cinco De Mayo Cake for a fiesta filled with color and love.
Whether you term the day Cinco de Mayo or Cinco de Drinko, it’s a well-earned day of fiesta!
Actually, one of my favorite holidays, long before I could sip and get tipped on Margaritas was always Cinco de Mayo.
Every year, whether growing up with my parents or at home with my own family, Cinco de Mayo has been celebrated.
As part of a dual degree, my background in Mexican history runs deep, from a dissertation written in Spanish to years of history on Mexican culture and wars.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo for the history that it is, or for the party that it has become.
I am about to share my Cinco de Mayo Cake for a fiesta filled with color and love!
Use this for your Cinco de Mayo parties (fiestas) or for any occasion when you want to share a very colorful dessert.
You are not going to believe how easy this is to make, nor how it came about, but let’s bake!
Cinco de Mayo Cake For A Fiesta
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How it came to be.
So, I was planning on making this fabulous cake.
As I made it, it seemed wrong.
Cracking, not holding together.
First, I was going to create this incredible cake pops.
However, I felt so bad about crumbling what I had just made.
The idea of destroying my attempt at this one cake I try to make every year failed just did not sit well.
Oh, yes, even as a self-taught kitchen pro I have stuff that fails too!
There’s no shame in sharing that because I am human.
What goes wrong, can go very right, if you think outside of the box.
Which is exactly what I did.
So, what I created was a Cinco de May Cake for a Fiesta.
Color and Culture Go Hand-in-Hand.
Did you ever visit Mexico?
Have you been stunned and taken by all the colors on walls, in rooms, in food?
Really, I think that was what I noticed first.
When I taught Spanish for a few years, the biggest celebration of the year was always Cinco de Mayo.
The kids always brought colorful foods to the party and decor.
Color is everywhere and it makes life happy, like a fiesta every day for your eyes.
There’s something about brilliant and lively colors that just seem to make any day better!
Following that lead, I’ve created this fiesta cake with colors that punch it up to party level.
In fact, I almost dare you to not be tempted to steal a piece anytime you pass the trifle bowl.
The Trifle Bowl and the Cinco de Mayo Cake for a Fiesta
Doesn’t presentation play a part in every party?
I always say, go big or go home.
For those of us having a party in the house on Cinco de Mayo, bigger is better.
Whether it’s a super-sized margarita or a clear dish showing off the colors of this cake, go BIG!
A trifle pedestal bowl allows the cake to be showcased and the color shines on through.
No angle is a bad angle and quite honestly, every angle is perfection in color.
Part of the brilliance of my Cinco de Mayo cake for a fiesta is how simple it is in both presentation and preparation.
Considering a trifle bowl?
Make sure to consider a trifle bowl with a lid.
Why? It’s a heck of a lot easier than plastic wrap!
If you don’t own a glass trifle bowl, then you can use a glass mixing bowl, it may not look quite the same but it keeps happy going!
Color Gives The Cinco de May Cake for a Fiesta Panache!
Primary colors work so well in this fiesta cake.
I stuck to blue, yellow, and red.
You are no going to be icing a cake, but instead icing the cuts.
It’s different, more drizzle, and the cake will soak it in like a sponge.
No poking holes, just drizzling.
Do make sure you have food coloring in the house and that the butter is ROOM temperature, not melted.
Use zipper baggies for coloring or a pastry bag or both.
You are not married to the colors I used, so change it up.
Remember a fiesta is only as colorful as the color options you choose!
Remember, there’s got to be flavor with color, so wait until you see how to get a ‘churro’ taste in that icing!
Have una gran fiesta and enjoy it.
- 1 Baked Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Favorites White Cake Mix in 2-Cake Rounds
- 1/2 C butter at room temperature
- 1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
- 2-3 Tbsp Milk
- 2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 C Confectioner's Sugar (maybe up to 3- it depends on your butter and milk mixture)
- Red Food Coloring 3-4 drops to create brilliant colors
- Yellow Food Coloring 3-4 drops to create brilliant colors
- Blue Food Coloring 3-4 drops to create brilliant colors
- Colorful Candy Sprinkles
- Bake cake according to instructions on the box, using round pans.
- Allow the cakes to completely cool before beginning preparation.
- Cut each prepared cake into cubes.
- Prepare Icing.
- In a deep mixing bowl, combine butter, vanilla, and milk.
- Next, add the confectioner's sugar, 1/4 cup at a time until you reach 2 cups.
- You may need more, but don't add more in until you see the consistency.
- Once it is thick enough to pipe through a zippered bag or pastry bag, stop adding confectioner's sugar and don't add more milk.
- The icing needs to be looser than it would be for spreading, yet able to stick together when squeezed through the bag.
- Divide the icing into 1/3's each in its own bowl.
- Add food coloring to each.
- Fill your pastry bag or zippered bag with each respective color.
- Next, in a large trifle pedestal randomly add sprinkles.
- Then add cubes to fill the first layer, just toss them in, without true placement, but only for one layer I used about 14 cubes on layer one)
- Now, choose a pastry bag of icing and randomly stripe the cubes.
- Change pastry bag and repeat again with a different color.
- Again, change color with a few streaks of color three.
- Now, toss more candy sprinkles.
- Repeat all of the above again for layer 2.
- At layer 3, do everything the same, for the icing.
- Then, we are going to add a Color burst that almost looks like bleeding in a very colorful way!
- This time, add the icing as above, but, also, move to the exterior of the layers on the interior of the bowl (obviously) and squeeze icing down the sides around the bowl.
- Add in some fake sparkler picks, as well as a few fun Cinco de Mayo toys, napkins, and decor and you've got one tasty Cinco de Mayo Cake for a Fiesta filled with color and love!
- Serve immediately or cover and keep for up to 3 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 0gSugar: 32gProtein: 1g
Nutrtional content will vary and maybe inaccurate