Mamey Cake

I owe you guys a couple of recipes. I just realized that I didn’t include the natilla recipe on this post and several people are patiently waiting to see what I did with this mamey. Well, the natilla recipe will have to wait. I am planning to make some natilla empanadas this weekend so you’ll have the recipe and some pics next week. I promise.

But today I will share with you the cake I made Sunday night. It was so good that it was gone in 2 days. In our defense I can say that I made a small one (only half of what the recipe I am about to give you calls for) and that we hadn’t had cake in months. I know, excuses, excuses. Hehe. Anyway, I give you my tasty creation:

Mamey Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 10-12
  • •2 cups sugar
  • •3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • •4 eggs
  • •2 cups all-purpose flour
  • •1 teaspoons baking soda
  • •2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • •1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • •1 teaspoon baking powder
  • •1/2 teaspoon salt
  • •1 mamey mashed
  • •1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • **For Frosting:
  • •1/4 cup butter
  • •8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • •1 pound sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • •2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • •1/2 cup chopped pecans
  1. In a large bowl mix sugar, vegetable oil and eggs until well blended.
  2. Sift baking soda, flour, cinnamon, ground ginger, baking powder and salt into a separate bowl.
  3. Add dry ingredients into oil mixture, beating well.
  4. Stir in mamey.
  5. Pour batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round layer cake pans.
  6. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes.
  7. When baked, turn cakes out onto racks to cool.
  8. Frost pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  9. **For Frosting:Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl; beat well until smooth. Makes enough for 2-layer pumpkin cake.

If you think this recipe sounds familiar,  maybe you are thinking about this one that I made last year. Yes, I cheated and only changed pumpkin for mamey. But it was worth it. Jon said it was one of the best cakes he’s ever had. This coming from a person who is not very adventurous when it comes to food. If you find mamey (I just learned that some people call it sapote or zapote, but for me zapote is something different. I will write about it some other time) where you live and give this recipe a try, let me know what you think.

¡Buen provecho!


  • I have to believe anything with cream cheese frosting is good!

  • I so enjoyed this article & I honestly hadn’t heard of a mamey before, so just couldn’t wait to come here and learn. Thank you!

  • wonder where i can get hold of mamey… any similarities with chico?… your cake, simply lovely… 🙂

  • So its almost like a carrot cake. I think I may try this with my frozen pulp.

  • What is a ‘mamey’? I have never heard of this before…


    Pam Hoffman

  • Nunca había visto una receta de pastel con mamey! tendré que probarla.. ya que encuentre mameyes en el super! jeje!


  • Love the cake Ben! You’re quite the baker these days! And tha cream cheese is perfect!

  • Lovely! The cake looks really simple, but full of flavor.

  • Ben, I’ve never heard of mamey before. Is it like pumpkin? This is so cool. I’m going to have to look for it.

  • i think this fruit is also called ‘chiku’, especially in southeast asian countries. 🙂 not very popular, so it can be quite hard to get (as compared to the usual apples and oranges). love to see frosting! yum…

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