25+ Cuban Desserts to Try Out!

Explore the sweet flavors of Cuba with this curated collection of 25+ Cuban Dessert Recipes! Browse through traditional favorites like Tres Leches Cake and Flan Cubano to delightful pastries like Pastelitos de Guayaba and Churros Cubanos to find inspiration for your next bake!

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Not sure where to start? I highly recommend this Cuban Coffee Flan and this homemade Guava Sherbet.

Key Ingredients In Cuban Desserts

  • Tropical Fruits such as guava, pineapple and mango
  • Coconut: Shredded coconut, coconut milk, or coconut cream
  • Sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk
  • Rum
  • Cinnamon or vanilla
  • Coffee
  • Panela or Piloncillo (sugar cane products)

Cuban Desserts

Sweet Cuban Coconut Balls with Melted Chocolate (Coquito Acaramelado) – Only 4 healthy ingredients, so simple and SO good! YES!!
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Sweet Cuban Coconut Balls with Melted Chocolate
Easy to make, buttery Cuban shortbread cookies (Torticas de Moron) made with a hint of lime and coconut. The best shortbread cookies!
Recipe: A Sassy Spoon
Cuban Shortbread Cookies
Rich, buttery layers of vanilla cake with a sweet guava paste filling make these Guava Cake Bars (Cuban Masa Real) the best dessert ever.
Recipe: A Sassy Spoon
Guava Cake Bars
Pastelitos de Guayaba y Queso! Easy Cuban pastries made with puff pastry and filled with guava paste and cream cheese. Just 4 ingredients!
Recipe: A Sassy Spoon
Guava Cheese Pastries
Authentic Cuban flan recipe: delicious sweetness with a caramel coating. Easy & enjoyable all year round with pantry ingredients!
Recipe: Petit Porcini
Cuban Flan
Arroz con Leche is an easy-to-make, creamy Cuban rice pudding dessert made with sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, and lemon zest. Delicious!
Recipe: A Sassy Spoon
Cuban Rice Pudding
This is the best tres leches cake you’ll ever make! It’s 100% homemade and features a sponge cake base and a sweetened whipped cream topping.
Recipe: Live Well Bake Often
Tres Leches Cake
Follow these steps at home to bake churros, instead of deep frying. The homemade churros are crispy on the outside and perfectly chewy inside!
Recipe: Kickass Baker
This Cuban-style pumpkin flan consists of rich custard, delicious caramel sauce and tons of freshly pureed pumpkin.
Recipe: Fat Girl Hedonist
Cuban Pumpkin Flan
Serve these sweet and silky casquitos de guayaba — guava shells simmered in vanilla sugar — alongside fresh cheese for a classic Cuban dessert.
Recipe: Saveur
Casquitos de Guayaba
Equal parts Cuban espresso coffee and warmed evaporated milk make for a strong and delicious coffee drink.
Recipe: Fat Girl Hedonist
Cuban Cortadito
This Cuban dulce de leche cortada recipe has been passed down from my father. In an effort to not waste any food, Cubans like many others made sure to use everything they had even curdled milk.
Recipe: Fat Girl Hedonist
Dulce De Leche Cortada
Rich and creamy flan meets the bold flavors of Cuban coffee. This dessert is a coffee lover’s dream and perfect for any occasion.
Recipe: Fat Girl Hedonist
Cuban Coffee Flan
Merenguitos (Meringue Kisses) are small, sweet and sooo delicious. They are the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth especially during the holidays!
Recipe: For The Love of Sazón
This 3-ingredient cocadas recipe is my twist on coconut candies. These nutty, caramelized treats are addictively chewy and delicious!
Recipe: Sweet and Savory by Shinee
Coconut Candies (Cocadas)
Pudín de Pan, also known as bread pudding, is one of the most simple and delicious Caribbean dessert recipes you can make!
Recipe: Keesha's Kitchen
Pudín de Pan (Bread Pudding)
Take your tastebuds to a tropical beach with this easy 4 ingredient Coconut Mango Dairy Free Ice Cream. Whip it up in a blender for a special healthy summer treat!
Recipe: Fraiche Living
Coconut Mango Ice Cream
Whether you’re a novice baker or an experienced chef, learn how to make this rich and decadent rum cake for your next special occasion.
Recipe: Dishes Delish
Rum Cake
Batido de mango is a Cuban mango milkshake made with frozen mango, banana, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, & shredded coconut flakes.
Recipe: A Sassy Spoon
Cuban Mango Shake
Delicate, melt-in-your-mouth Alfajores are brimming with creamy dulce de leche filling and rolled in coconut (or not), this easy alfajores recipe is one of my favorites for holiday baking. I just know you’ll love them too!
Recipe: Cookies and Cups
Homemade Alfajores
Easy coconut ice cream – this vegan ice cream is super simple to make with just a few ingredients. It is rich, creamy and delicious!
Recipe: Domestic Gothess
Coconut Ice Cream
Coconut pudding as silky smooth as custard! Only 5 ingredients in this traditional Caribbean dessert!
Recipe: Kitchen Gidget
Coconut Pudding
Creamy and rich, this Cuban chocolate pudding also known as Maizena or Natilla is a custard that is served during brunch hours and enjoyed by all!
Recipe: Latina Mom Meals
Cuban Chocolate Pudding (Maizena)
Delicious and decadent about Natilla Cubana it’s a type of dessert that is perfect for cooler weather because it’s rich and delicious.
Recipe: My Stay at Home Adventures
Natilla Cubana
Bring a taste of the tropics to your kitchen with this Guava Swirl Pound Cake. Easy to bake and full of flavor!
Recipe: Sweet Life Bake
Guava Swirl Pound Cake
Looking for simple guava desserts? How about a homemade sherbet? Slightly richer than guava sorbet, this tropical dessert is luscious and easy to make.
Recipe: Garlic and Zest
Guava Sherbet

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