Every fiesta should have a fiesta cake that is not only delicious but also makes for a fantastic centerpiece. The word "fiesta," which is generally used to describe a festival, a saint's day or another religious holiday, always brings to mind delicious foods, including scrumptious desserts, such as flan, tres leches or a Mexican chocolate cake.
Fun Cake Ideas
If you plan on making or purchasing flan, decorate the flan with cocoa that is sprinkled over the stencil of a jalapeno. If making tres leches, don't forget that this is typically a butter or sponge cake that is soaked in three different types of milk after baking. (Some inventive individuals soak it in rum for adult parties.) Tres leches cake should be covered in whipped topping and kept refrigerated until ready to eat.
If you are making Mexican chocolate cake, which some people also call Texas sheet cake, incorporate your own special pizzazz by sprinkling about a half teaspoon of red pepper flakes into the batter. But, if you're just going for eye-appeal, start with regular cake mix and a little bit of creativity.
Sombrero Fiesta Cake
Ingredients You Will Need:
2 yellow cake mixes
1 large round cake pan (about 14 inches)
1 cone or dome-shaped bowl or pan (about 6 to 8 inches tall)
2 to 3 tubs white frosting
Yellow food coloring
Brown food coloring
Green and red fruit rollups
Tube of red frosting gel
Make the cake mixes according to the box directions. Cover an 18-inch piece of cardboard with foil, and place the large round cake in the center of it. Place the cone-shaped cake on top of the round cake to create the top of the sombrero. To make the sombrero even more authentic, carefully cut down about 1 inch into the round cake-around the base of the sombrero top-and discard. When you are finished cutting the indentation, the cake should look like a perfect little trench has been dug all around the base of the dome. This trench will create more depth and help anchor the top of the sombrero.
Mix the frosting with the yellow and brown food coloring until you reach a color that is more consistent with the color of a straw hat. Spread the frosting over the entire hat. Cut the red rollups into triangles and the green rollups into cactus plants. Press the triangles and cactus into the sides of the hat in a neat pattern. Use the red frosting gel to add piping and large loops along the edge of the sombrero. If you can swing it, add some red pom-pom decorations to the edge of the hat. The pom-poms can be made out of curtain trim, which you can find at any fabric store. But be careful if adding the trim, as it will be heavy and will not stay in place if you depend on the frosting alone to secure it. Pressing short pieces of spaghetti into the cake beneath each pom-pom will help keep it in place.
To make a cactus cake, simply bake a sheet cake and decorate the top to look like a desert scene. Use food coloring to create a mountainous background, sprinkle brown sugar over the top to create sand and then pipe green frosting over the top in the shape of a cactus. Insert thin spaghetti pieces into the cactus to represent the spines.
Mexican Chocolate Cake
Ingredients You Will Need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened Mexican cocoa powder
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or chili powder)
½ cup softened butter or margarine
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup lukewarm water
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar (for decoration)
Mix all the ingredients except the powdered sugar one at a time, making sure there are no lumps. Continue mixing until all ingredients have been added. Pour the batter into a sheet cake pan or into two round pans. Bake the cakes for about 30 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees.
Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top of this cake, using a stencil or doily to create an interesting pattern, or frost the cake with a thin layer of chocolate frosting or icing. The orange juice makes this cake moist.
Mexican fiesta party ideas for children should play up the bright colors associated with the fiesta. You also can't go wrong by making a piñata or maracas.
Fiesta invitations should be colorful and should reference the culture of Mexico. You may want to write out the invitations in Spanish or create a bilingual card, and you can also incorporate the colors of the Mexican flag.