15 Easy Cinco de Mayo Desserts That Bring the Party

a slice of white cake with creamy-looking frosting
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These fun-loving Cinco de Mayo desserts are perfect for any type of gathering. From party-ready cupcakes and dessert nachos to traditional Mexican desserts like tres leches cake and flan, we have loads of sweet Cinco de Mayo dessert ideas that are as delicious as they are easy to make. Let's take a look at some of our best Cinco de Mayo dessert recipes.

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Frozen Margarita Pie

Frozen Margarita Pie with cool whip
Deb C

Here's a centerpiece for your Cinco de Mayo dessert table. It's everything you love about margaritas, but 10 times more impressive. And with only three tablespoons of booze flavoring the filling, no one will have to Uber home after one slice too many.

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closeup of sugared churros in a glass bowl
Laura Y

If you're looking for authentic Mexican desserts for Cinco de Mayo, try these churros. They're filling up your Instagram and Pinterest feeds, so why not make this the year you learn how to make churros?

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Dessert Nachos

Dessert Nachos
Melissa Goff

Here's an idea for a quick and easy Cinco de Mayo dessert: It takes a mere 10 minutes to throw the peanut butter, chocolate chips, marshmallows, coconut, and tortilla chips together before running the pan under the broiler until it's all toasty and bubbly. Dig in!

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Margarita Balls I

Margarita Balls I

Tequila shots in cookie form? You'll be the talk of the party when you show up with these. But in a good way. Watch this video to see how to make them.

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Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie

Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie on a white plate
Melissa Goff

This top-rated Mexican-inspired dessert combines the cinnamon and honey flavor of traditional sopapillas, but with tangy, creamy cheesecake encased in crescent roll dough.

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Bananas Foster Chimichangas

Bananas Foster Chimichangas

Sweet, crunchy tortillas filled with warm, rum-laced bananas. (You know you want some now.) If frying's not in your future, you can serve the boozy bananas over ice cream with baked tortilla wedges smeared with butter and cinnamon sugar.

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Original Mexican Flan Napolitano

Original Mexican Flan Napolitano

An authentically delicious Mexican flan recipe that calls for both evaporated and condensed milk as well as cream cheese. Since you cool this before serving, it's perfect for making ahead.

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Lime and Tequila Infused Strawberries

Lime and Tequila Infused Strawberries

Serve these tipsy berries with shortcake and whipped cream for a big-kids-only dessert. Prep is super-quick and easy, but be sure to let the berries steep for an hour to let all the juices mingle. What do you mean you can't wait that long?

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Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting

Here's a memorable Cinco de Mayo potluck dessert. These cupcakes will make up for that time you broke the thing when you swung at the piñata. Yeah, you remember that. Everyone remembers that.

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Margarita Cake with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Margarita Cake with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

What gives this dessert its name is the margarita mix in the batter. You can bake it as a layer cake, a Bundt cake, or as cupcakes (as shown); they're all good. Add rum or tequila to the frosting if you want to liquor things up.

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Tres Leches Piña Colada Cake

Tres Leches Pina Colada Cake
Marilyn Martin

Watch the video to see how to make this incredibly moist and coconut-y cake. There's no booze in the recipe, but you could always add a tablespoon to flavor the whipped cream topping, if that's how you like it.

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Carlota de Limon (Mexican Lemon Icebox Cake)

carlota de limon

This no-bake icebox cake is a traditional Mexican treat, with layers of citrus cream and cookies. Just four ingredients is all it takes, so you can whip this up in no time!

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Capirotada a la Antigua (Mexican Bread Pudding)

Capirotada a la Antigua (Mexican Bread Pudding)

Traditionally served around Easter time in Mexico, but a welcome treat anytime, this rich bread pudding will steal the show at your Cinco de Mayo feast.

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Spicy Mango-Basil Paletas

Spicy Mango-Basil Paletas
Linda T

If you like your Popsicles with a bit of a kick, try these sweet and spicy paletas with the addition of cayenne pepper.

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Tres Leches Cake

a slice of white cake with creamy-looking frosting

A classic tres leches cake with three different milks soaked up by a deliciously spongy cake. No one will pass up a slice of this!

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