You might be wondering what Cinco de Mayo is and why it has become such a popular holiday here in the United States. Well, the short answer is Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla which occurred on May 5, 1862. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in the city of Puebla and is a point of pride for the city, given Mexico’s improbable victory over France at the time. Here in the United States, however, Cinco de Mayo has turned into a major celebration of Mexican culture and heritage!
In the spirit of cultural mashups—and to give you a few ideas on how to celebrate one of our favorite holidays—we decided to put together a list of ways you can incorporate Kodiak Cakes into your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Keep reading to discover some fun-filled activities and Kodiak Cakes-infused recipes the whole family will love!
Breakfast Tacos Recipe
If you’re looking for a fun, unique way to kick off Cinco de Mayo, you can’t go wrong with our simple, yet delicious, Breakfast Tacos Recipe. The combination of fresh vegetables, black beans, and 100% whole grains from your favorite Kodiak Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix makes these tacos a nourishing, delicious way to start the holiday. The best part about this recipe is it can be easily modified for lunch or dinner by substituting scrambled eggs with anything from shredded chicken, ground beef, or vegetables for a vegetarian-friendly option.
Making your own maracas is one way to make Cinco de Mayo extra memorable this year. Not only is this a great way to get the little ones involved with the festivities, but it’s also a great after-school activity for kids of all ages. These simple directions are easy to follow, all you need to get started is a few empty bottles, masking tape, markers, and enough beans, rocks, rice, and uncooked pasta to give your maraca some rhythm with each shake.
Churro Waffle Bites Recipe
Kodiak Cakes Churro Waffle Bites Recipe is a must-try after-school snack or finger food for your Cinco de Mayo party, and it takes just ten minutes to prep and cook. Simply heat a few of our Buttermilk & Vanilla Power Waffles in your toaster until each waffle is golden brown, then brush with butter and coat in a sugar, cinnamon blend. Serve with a maple syrup dipping sauce to add an extra sweet touch to this already delectable snack. The best part is there’s no greasy deep frying required!
Break the Piñata
It wouldn’t be a Cinco de Mayo celebration without a piñata, so be sure to have one strung up and ready to go before your guests arrive at your fiesta! Inside or out, piñatas add decorative flair to your Cinco de Mayo party and are fun for guests old and young alike. If you’ve never played the piñata game, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind to have the best possible time.
As a rule of thumb, it’s good to maintain about a 15-foot radius from the piñata whenever anyone is swinging at it—blindfolds, sticks, and kids trying to win candy can be a recipe for disaster without a safe buffer zone. You don’t have to blindfold the young-ins, but definitely cover up the eyes of older kids and adults so the game doesn’t go by too quickly. Finally, be sure to give each contestant a few good swings before giving someone else a try. When a piñata hitter finally frees all the candy, let them know they got the winning hit, otherwise there won’t be much candy left once they realize they can take off the blindfold.
Tres Leches Cake Recipe
The best part of any celebration, Cinco de Mayo or not, is dessert—and this Tres Leches Cake Recipe is no exception. If you don’t already have one, you’ll want to pick up a box of our Buttermilk Power Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix. After baking your cake for 30-45 minutes, let it cool completely before poking holes into the cake using a fork. Then, slowly pour a combination of condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole milk over the cake for a moist, delicious dessert that’s the perfect finishing touch to your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
How did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year? We want to hear about it! Share your Cinco de Mayo celebration with us on Instagram and Facebook by tagging @kodiakcakes and using the hashtag #kodiakcakes. Feliz Cinco de Mayo!