Coconut Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake with Mexican Vanilla Whipped Cream

A stout bottle of pure vanilla extract and a dozen, foot-long sticks of cinnamon were among the treasures I carted back to my kitchen from our recent adventures in Mexico. Yes, I also imported the requisite tequila, a pottery piece or two, and a selection of colorful table linens, but I was most excited about the aromatics.

I’ve been eager to pair the vanilla and the cinnamon together in an authentic, merit-worthy dessert – and that pot of rice pudding I scorched a while back doesn’t count. Although it hardly fits into the ‘whole foods’ recipe bracket that I usually aim for, today’s coconut tres leches cake was just what I was looking for and most deserving of my precious Mexican ingredients.

Coconut Cinnamon Tres Leches Cake with Mango on simplebites.net

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Frozen Treats: Mango-Cilantro Popsicles

Beat the heat with our week-long series on simple frozen treats! Written by Elizabeth of Guilty Kitchen.

I‘ve often written in my personal blog and other places around the internet that I have a picky eater. This is not just any picky eater. This is a kid who will eat one thing one day and then flat out refuse to the very next moment. He won’t eat chocolate sometimes! For the longest time he refused to even try grilled cheese sandwiches and even now won’t so much as look at a ramekin of ketchup, going to the extreme of insisting it be removed from his plate if it makes it to our table alongside his sandwich and fries.

Desserts are not a given, and I’m often left completely boggled as to what to feed my son. I’d almost lost all hope of having a child who would follow in my food loving footsteps and then I had my daughter. At one year old, she’ll pretty much eat anything. She’ll at least give it a try and most likely swallow the first bite even if she isn’t too keen on it. My son? Still refuses to try anything new without coercion.

So when the weather started to heat up a bit, I thought I would try my hand at making popsicles. What better treat to give my kids than a healthy, tasty, homemade popsicle?

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