Hablando de lo que pica el gallo…formando un arroz con mango.
Labor day weekend in my household is LOCURA, not only is my birthday over the long weekend, but my cousins, my grandmother, my tia abuela, and some Cuban cousins (you know los primos that really aren’t related to you by blood but your abuelo or father has known their abuelo or papi since they lived in Cuba and so and so). Is it me or is September the month of birthdays? But like any true Cuban Birthday you will be sure there are pastelitos and bocaditos with Coca-Cola, ES-prite, Iron Beer y Malta (para Papí) and of course most importantly: El Cake.
This is a special cake though, it’s a Cuban Cake and what differentiates Cuban Cake from others is El Merengue of course, and the yummy natilla inside. Cuban cake is like no other, the sugary dessert almost screams diabetes in one spoonful. If you are on a diet don’t bother knowing the contents in this Cuban birthday staple, just think of Celia Cruz when it comes to the most important ingredient of the merengue…….. “Azucar!” Once it hits your mouth and you devour the Anti-Atkins dessert your taste buds start to kick and scream a little while they do a merenguito dance in your mouth and feel it all the way down to your toes.
Nothing beats birthdays in a Cuban home. You are sure to have a driveway covered in cars, a kitchen full of Mami’s,Tia’s, Abuela’s, Prima’s ( your basic matriarchs of the family), el patio full of kids playing with anything they can find and the men huddle around a domino table or el Barbe-qu chismeando. Regardless of how you celebrate your birthday, it’s not a true Cuban birthday if there isn’t a spoonful of Merengue around!