How to Choose the Perfect Quinceañera Cake

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Your quinceañera party should feature the cake of your dreams! To create this masterpiece think about the meaning of the cake:  A single item that represents your style, brings friends and family together to celebrate and provides the best taste of sweetness.

Beautiful and delicious, quinceañera cakes come in many shapes, styles, and of course flavors.  I can just imagine you trying to figure out what style, color, type of ingredients, shape, etc., for your pastel de quince.

How to Choose Your Quinceañera Cake?

Start from the basic function of the cake: The cake serves as the focal point of the food area and plays a big role in the overall decor of your party. Remember it will obviously be featured in the cake cutting ceremony.

When thinking about your cake sure that you infuse it with your style and personality, and make it match your dress, decor, and party theme.

What You Must know Between Traditional & Modern Quinceañera Cakes

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Quinceanaera Cakes

How to Choose Your Quinceañera Cake?

Often, the bizcocho de quince is a black cake in Colombia or actually a group of separate cakes arranged together on cake stands and connected by miniature staircases.

The staircases hold little dolls representing the honor court of the quince party. A larger doll representing the quinceañera stands atop the tallest cake.

In some cases, this doll doubles as the última muñeca or last doll, which is another important quinces tradition.

Another common style of quinceañera cakes looks very similar to a tiered wedding cake. Typically, these quince cakes have three round tiers and are decorated to match the quinceañera’s dress.

For example, the cake might be light pink or white with frosting pearls, flowers, ribbons, or ruffles for decoration.

Cakes also feature a quinceañera cake topper such as a glittery “15,” a tiara, or a small quince doll. A slightly more modern take on this cake style is to use square layers or even asymmetrical layers.

Modern Quinceañera Cake

Nowadays, more and more quinceañeras are opting for elaborate sculptural cakes that match the theme of their party. For example, the cake might look just like a designer purse, a castle, or a huge butterfly. These kinds of cakes are truly works of art!

When it comes to flavors, just about anything goes. Yellow cake is pretty common, because it is a good neutral base that just about all guests will eat. It complements just about any flavor of frosting or filling.

Another popular cake flavor is tres leches. pasteles de tres leches are light, moist cakes soaked in milk syrup and flavored with vanilla and rum. They work well for quince parties because they will not dry out during the party.

Essentials to Find the Perfect Quinces Cake

Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect quince cake for your special day.

  • Plan ahead because many bakeries take orders up to 6 months in advance, so you will need to finalize your order early.
  • Choose your bakery carefully by:
    • Requesting the bakery’s portfolio to have an idea of what kind of cakes they are good at making.
    • Asking if personalization is an option, if so how much does the price change?
    • Asking if they use pre-made mixes or are all cakes made from scratch.
    • Requesting samples to make sure you choose the right one.
    • Asking if they deliver the cake to the party place and also, if they place and decorate the cake on the food table.  Does it have an extra cost?
    • Tasting the icings too.  Fondant icing (the smooth, flat icing often used in theme cakes) looks great but many people don’t like the taste.
    • Setting up the cake table. Buy cake stands, mini staircases, dolls, and quinceañera cake toppers to complement your cake.

Cristina Saralegui Biography

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Cristina Saralegui has the distinction of being one of the most famous and influential Latina TV journalists of all time, but she seems more like a friend. For over 20 years she met us in our living rooms for frank discussions of controversial topics other Latino talk show hosts avoided, and also doled out heaping doses of lifestyle, entertainment, and wellness advice. It seems difficult to contain all the varied accomplishments of this Latina media trailblazer in a short Cristina Saralegui biography!

Childhood

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Cristina spent her pre-teen years in Cuba, but relocated to Miami after the Revolution in 1960. Cristina, then age 12, came to maturity in the midst of a thriving expat community.

As a child she studied ballet, Spanish folk dance and piano.  Here on the left in a ballerina outfit as a child.  Picture courtesy of cristinaonline.com.

She studied at the University of Miami and got her first taste of the media world during an internship at Vanidades magazine. By 1973 she joined the staff of the Spanish version of Cosmopolitan magazine and her meteoric rise to fame had begun.

Media Career

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Cristina Saralegui hit the international spotlight with the debut of The Cristina Show on Univision in 1989. For over 20 years and 4,000 episodes, she served as both host and executive producer for the show, entertaining millions with celebrity interviews, inspirational stories, and no-holds-barred explorations of topics like AIDS and domestic violence.

A crossover to the English language market aired for 11 weeks on CBS stations in 1992, but ultimately failed. However, the Spanish language show remained highly popular.

Thanks to Cristina Saralegui, Univision had one of the highest-rated shows on Spanish language TV for many years.

The Cristina Show went off the air in 2010, but Cristina continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the most famous and influential role models of all time for Latina women.

For fans of Cristina Saralegui, Telemundo offered hope of a revival of regular TV appearances. Unfortunately, the new show, Pa’lante con Cristina lasted for only one season on Telemundo before being canceled.

Today Cristina continues to pursue media ventures with her own company and currently hosts a radio program.

 

 Notable Accomplishments

Any Cristina Saralegui biography must mention some of the many notable accomplishments that make Cristina such a worthy role model:

  • First Latina in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame
  • 12 Emmys for The Cristina Show
  • First Spanish language TV personality to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Valor Award from GLAAD
  • Named one of 25 Most Influential Hispanics by Time Magazine

Business Ventures

Trading on her tremendous brand name recognition and reputation for being a highly trusted and respected source of lifestyle information for Hispanic women, Cristina launched her own line of furniture and home accessories in 2004.  The collection, known as Casa Cristina, exudes her personal warmth and style. Cristina Saralegui furniture in particular is designed to support gracious living and entertaining.

Her other business ventures include Blue Dolphin Studios, which is co-owned with her husband Marcos Avila. In total Cristina Saralegui’s net worth stands at an estimated $30 million.

What will the future bring for Cristina Saralegui and her business empire? Only time will tell, but it is sure to be in line with her signature inspirational motto, “Pa’lante, pa’lante, pa’tras ni pa’ coger impulso.” (Onward, onward, never stepping back, not even to get momentum).

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