Mexican desserts tend to center around cakes and cookies for the most part. Mexican culture likes to keep things rather simple. Desserts are sweet and usually that is enough effort. But, they are delightfully simple, so much so you’ll find yourself craving these Mexican delights.

Mexican Desserts

One of the most popular Mexican desserts is the Mexican Wedding Cookie. These are powder sugar dusted little balls that are like a combination of pie crust and nuts. They are made with sugar, butter, flour and chopped almonds.

Tres Leches Cake is a big favorite, especially at weddings. This sponge cake is soaked in three different types of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream. As you might imagine, you’ll be surfing stranger’s wedding receptions just to get some more of this cake on the sly.

Churros are long donuts. The sweet dough is deep fried and then encrusted with sugar. These are a big hit with kids. Often you’ll find them sold in little cases on shop counters or by street vendors.

Is it a sauce or a pudding? Cajeta is a caramelized goat’s milk that is thick, caramel colored, vanilla sauce that is poured onto cakes or ice cream. The browning of the milk is the key for the intense flavor. Once you’re addicted to it, you just eat it right out of the jar.

Arroz con Leche is Mexican Rice Pudding and it is pretty much the same as anyone’s homemade rice pudding, but it involves immersing a couple of cinnamon sticks in it. Depending on the recipe, it might have condensed milk in addition to whole milk.


Cakes, cookies and donuts rule the dessert table at Mexican celebrations. When you get fancy you’ll put out some custard type dishes and rice pudding. Mexican desserts are made to taste wonderful, not be elaborately dressed up.