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Mexican Mango Cake


Mexican Mango Cake

5 from 2 votes
This dessert has become a staple for my family. The cake is moist, buttery, and sweet, while the mango and cream cheese frosting add a balancing tartness. Whenever I serve this cake at dinner parties, my guests always leave with the recipe in their pockets -- it's
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sticks butter, (unsalted, room temperature)
  • 3 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs, (large)
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mango, (fresh or frozen, chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons tequila, (optional)
  • Mint, (optional, for garnish)


The Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Position rack in center of oven.
  • Liberally butter and flour 10-inch tube or Bundt pan.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  • In another large bowl, using an electric mixer beat 1 1/2 cups butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg is added.
  • Add flour mixture in batches, alternating with buttermilk and ending with vanilla.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake until golden (about 45-50 minutes), inserting the cake tester in the center to see if done.
  • While still in the pan, transfer the cake to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • Invert the cake onto the cooling rack, then put it on a cake plate or platter. If preparing 1 day ahead of serving, cover tightly with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

The Frosting

  • While the cake is cooling, combine mango, water, sugar, cream cheese, and tequila (if using) in a blender or food processor.
  • Blend until smooth and thick, adding extra water if needed. Taste and adjust sweetness with extra sugar if needed.
  • Spoon mango topping evenly over top of cake and decorate with mint (if using).
  • Cut cake into 8 slices and serve at room temperature or chilled.

Bon appétit!