Deconstructed Fiesta Cake for Cinco de Mayo!
After all salty and sweet go together but better yet every Cinco de Mayo celebration needs a deconstructed Fiesta cake!
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.
The Original Fiesta Cake was not a Deconstructed Fiesta Cake
I promise you I was not sipping on Margaritas while I made this cake, but it might seem like it, because of how it all came together!
So, I was planning on making this fabulous fiesta cake, but it just kept cracking.
Seizing the moment, I took the cake rounds and cut them into cubes, rather than dealing with the cracking issues.
And as they say in life…. the rest was history and a deconstructed fiesta cake for Cinco de Mayo was created!
The idea of destroying my attempt at this one cake I try to make every year failed just did not sit well.
However, I have no shame in sharing that because I am human and we all have issues when we bake and cook!
Rather than let it ruin my time, I just went with the issue in front of me and things ended up perfect!
Now, instead of an elaborate cake as I used to spend few hours on, I bake, cut, add icing (churro flavored) and serve!
To that end, you can see, there is an easy-to-make deconstructed fiesta cake. Chaos creates purposeful endings!
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Time: It’s Colorful
Did you ever visit Mexico? Have you been stunned and taken by all the colors on walls, in rooms, in food?
Color pop is everywhere and I love it!
There’s something about brilliant and lively colors that just seem to make any day better!
Following that lead, I simply made the deconstructed fiesta cake cubes loaded with colorful icing.
Presentation of the deconstructed fiesta cake is what makes it POP!
Presentation plays a part in every party food served and I say, “go big or go home!”
Whether it’s a super-sized margarita or a clear dish showing off the colors of this cake, go BIG!
Using a trifle pedestal bowl allows the cake to be showcased and the color shines on through.
Every angle shares perfection in color. 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!
What We’ve Learned So Far About Baking Gone Wrong: Deconstructed Fiesta Cake
Part of the brilliance of my Cinco de Mayo cake for a fiesta is how simple it is in both presentation and preparation.
Yes, the cake was not worthy of tiering, but it was perfect for a cube.
Cubing allows it to be made fast and it can be showcased for its simplicity.
But the best is yet to come…
Color Gives The Deconstructed Fiesta Cake for Cinco de May Cake 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.
Tip to Make Icing/Frosting Fun and Easy
Use zipper baggies for coloring or a pastry bag or both. Use any festive colors you want to create the deconstructed fiesta cake.
Remember a fiesta is only as colorful as the color options you choose! The churro flavor amps this up!
Enjoy ~ Dana XO
Deconstructed Fiesta Cake for Cinco de Mayo
- 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.