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7 Cuban Desserts You Should Try At Least Once

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7 Cuban Desserts You Should Try At Least Once

Cuba is legendary for its cigars, music, and rum. The island is home to many well-known dishes such as ropa vieja (a shredded beef stew) and moros y cristianos (black beans mixed with white rice). This Caribbean paradise is also filled with tempting desserts laced with tropical flavors that are sure to please even the most demanding sweet tooth.

Join Fine Dining Lovers as we discover an array of Cuban desserts worth a trip to Havana. Enjoy!

7 Traditional Cuban Desserts

Pastelitos de Guayaba


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This Cuban guava pastry is flaky and perfect with a cup of strong Cuban coffee. Pastelitos sometimes contain a mixture of cream cheese and guava. Check out this fun recipe.


Flan is a specialty in many Latin countries and Cuba is no exception. It's a creamy treat served chilled as to combat the tropical heat. Try these tips for making the perfect flan.

Tres Leches Cake

Tres leches cake is a spongy cake that is soaked in a mixture of three kinds of milk. It is usually served topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries or meringue and a maraschino cherry. If you'd like to try it at home check out this recipe.

Dulce de Leche

Unlike the creamy dulce de leche beloved across Latin America, the Cuban version is cooked until the milk curdles. It is a tempting treat with all the caramel flavor of dulce de leche but with the addition of cinnamon, vanilla, and lime peel.

Arroz con Leche

This fragrant rice pudding is scented with cinnamon and may include raisins. It is the essence of Cuban comfort food when it comes to dessert.


Natilla is a type of vanilla pudding made from cornstarch, milk, sugar, lime peel, and vanilla. It is typically served with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Cuban Cappuccino

A Cuban cappuccino is made in a peculiar way. A bit of espresso is beaten with sugar until it becomes very thick and frothy. It is a sweet beverage similar to Indian cappuccino and guaranteed to wake you up!

Hungry for more?

If you have an insatiable sweet tooth you'll also enjoy these 5 Venezuelan desserts.  

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