Mexican Guava Charlotte [Carlota] No-Bake Cake

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This Mexican Guava Charlotte [Carlota] Cake is an easy, five-ingredient, no-bake, creamy, delicious dessert, so perfect for celebrations. No wonder it’s a Christmas staple in virtually all Mexican households.

 

This easy cake is made with layers of Marias cookies and cream cheese/condensed milk/guava sauce filling flavored with lime juice, and topped with guava sauce. SO DELICIOUS!

 

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I bet you’re dying to know…

 

WHY THIS MEXICAN GUAVA CHARLOTTE CAKE WORKS?

 

  • This [cheese]cake is the perfect recipe to whip up any time of the year.
  • Guava paste is available year-round.
  • It only needs five ingredients. What’s not to love?
  • Best part? There’s no baking involved, so it’s impossible to mess up [plus another recipe to save for summer when the oven stays off].

 

Mexican no-bake cake on a white stand and background.

 

SOME BACKGROUND ON CHARLOTTE CAKE

 

Russian Charlotte or Charlotte Russe is a dessert invented in London by the French chef Marie-Antoine Carême, who named it in honor of his ex-employer George IV’s only child, Princess Charlotte, and his current, Russian employer Czar Alexander I. Russe is the French word for “Russian”.  

 

The dish was called Charlotte à la Parisienne (Parisian Charlotte) initially, but later the dessert became famous all over the world under the name Charlotte Russe.

 

It is a dessert in which the mold is laid out with ladyfingers or a finished Swiss Roll biscuit and filled with Bavarian cream and whipped cream.

 

Top view of the Mexican-style icebox cake with guava - carlota

 

MEXICAN NO-BAKE CARLOTA

 

Carlota or Charlotte in English is a refrigerator cake or an icebox cake, and in Mexico, it is typically made with condensed and evaporated milk.

 

If you know me and my cheesecake addiction, it’s clear why I chose this cream cheese edition. Plus I’ve been obsessed with guava lately.

 

This is hands down the easiest cake I’ve ever made, even easier than my other icebox cake! It’s so creamy, it’s borderline cheesecake!

 

Let’s get down to business…

 

WHAT ARE THE FIVE INGREDIENTS FOR GUAVA CHARLOTTE?

 

You will need only these simple ingredients to make Guava Charlotte Cake, Mexican-style:

 

  • Marias cookies (by Gamesa)
  • Cream cheese
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Guava paste
  • Lime

 

Ingredients for Guava Charlotte no-bake cake

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

WHAT ARE MARIAS COOKIES?

 

Marias are delicious wheat flour cookies or biscuits sweetened with brown sugar, which makes them sufficiently sweet without being overwhelming. They are perfect for dipping into hot tea or coffee and also great with milk for breakfast.

 

I know what you’re thinking…

 

WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD OF MARIAS COOKIES?

 

If you can’t find Marias cookies by Gamesa (Mexican), use Maria cookies by Goya (American). Also, these are good substitutions for Marias cookies:

 

  • Marie biscuits
  • Graham crackers
  • Vanilla wafers
  • Digestive biscuits
  • Arrowroot biscuits
  • Ladyfingers

 

HOW CAN I MAKE THIS CHARLOTTE CAKE GLUTEN-FREE?

 

Use the gluten-free version of Maria biscuits or your favorite GF cookies.

 

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HOW LONG CAN CHARLOTTA CAKE WITH GUAVA LAST?

 

If you don’t eat it all at once (almost happened, I swear), the cake will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator. It’s best to keep it tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.

 

CAN I FREEZE THIS CREAM CHEESE-BASED ICEBOX CAKE?

 

Yes, keep it in the freezer until the night before you’d like to serve it (up to 3 months).

 

Flat lay of the guava carlota cake cut.

 

And finally…

 

HOW TO MAKE MEXICAN GUAVA NO-BAKE CARLOTA?

 

*Details and the printable recipe are available at the bottom of this post.

 

  1. Make guava sauce – heat up guava paste with water until melted and thick sauce forms.
  2. Make the filling – beat cream cheese with condensed milk and lime juice. Mix in half of the guava sauce.
  3. Assemble – arrange Marias cookies on the bottom of a springform. Spread 1/3 of the filling, making sure the cookies are completely covered. Repeat the process two more times, with filling as the last layer.
  4. Finish – Spread the remaining guava sauce over the top layer. Refrigerate for two hours or until firm.

 

Step by step photos for making guava carlota cake

 

EXPERT TIPS/RECIPE NOTES:

 

  • Use an offset spatula to spread filling evenly across the cookies, as you don’t want it pooling up in one area. You want a beautiful, level surface for the next layer of cookies.
  • You want the filling to get really cold and firm, all the while softening the cookies so you can slice through them with ease when your wait is finally over.
  • To cut the cake, warm your serving knife under hot water, dry it off, then make a clean slice. Do this for each cut.

 

USE UP GUAVA PASTE IN THIS RECIPES:

 

SWEET AND SAVORY GUAVA DIP

GUAVA AND SALTED CARAMEL PIE

MINI GUAVA CHEESECAKES

 

Bringing the Charlotte cake on a cake stand

 

OTHER WAYS TO USE GUVA PASTE:

 

  • Stir a bit of melted guava paste into regular barbeque sauce – it makes for irresistible grilled meats.
  • Use guava sauce as a filling for Polish kiflies.
  • Top a wheel of brie with a few slices of guava paste and nuts of your choice. Wrap in puff pastry and bake 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow resting for 10 minutes before cutting.

 

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ESSENTIALS

for Mexican Guava Charlotte Cake


 

Three slices of Mexican icebox cake- overhead

 

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A large slice of Charlotte cake topped with guava sauce.


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Mexican Guava Charlotte [Carlota] Cake

This tropical no-bake dessert is easy to make, super creamy, and delicious. Bonus: It's made with only 5 ingredients...Marias cookies, guava paste, cream cheese, condensed milk, and lime juice.
Prep Time30 mins
Chilling Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 oz. guava paste half the package
  • 2 packages Marias cookies about 50 cookies
  • 3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a small saucepan, add 10 oz. guava paste and 1/2 cup water. Over medium heat, melt the guava paste, occasionally stirring until a thick sauce forms without clumps. Set aside to cool.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held mixer, beat together 3 packages of softened cream cheese with 1 cup sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of lime juice and half of the guava sauce (about 3/4 cup). Mix to combine.
  • Spray an 8-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray or oil. Arrange Marias cookies in a single layer on the bottom and sides of the pan. Pour 1/3 of the filling over the cookies, making sure they are completely covered. Repeat the layering two more times, finishing with the filling on top.
  • Evenly spread the remaining guava sauce over the filling and refrigerate for at least two hours or until set. Open the springform pan and remove the ring. Cut the cake into wedges and serve with whipped cream if desired.
  • Refrigerate the leftovers.

RECIPE NOTES:

  • Use an offset spatula to spread filling evenly across the cookies, as you don't want it pooling up in one area. You want a beautiful, level surface for the next layer of cookies.
  • You want the filling to get really cold and firm, all the while softening the cookies so you can slice through them with ease when your wait is finally over.
  • To cut the cake, warm your serving knife under hot water, dry it off, then make a clean slice. Do this for each cut.
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NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Guava Charlotte [Carlota] Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 142mg4%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 102IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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20 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kim | Give it Some Thyme
    November 5, 2019 at 9:22 am

    What a beautiful and mouthwatering cake! Love guava and all those layers. The fact that it’s no bake is better yet!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 6, 2019 at 11:20 am

      Thank you, Kim! Glad you like it 🙂

  2. Reply
    Gavin
    November 6, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve never heard of this kinda cake – looks AMAZING!!! Defo adding it to make another time

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 8, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      I hope you do, Gavin! Enjoy 🙂

  3. Reply
    Erica Schwarz
    November 6, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    This recipe is brilliant! Definitely looking forward to this – I LOVE anything with cream cheese, and I love how simple this recipe is. Gorgeous!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 8, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      Awe, love reading this! Thank you so much, Erica. Enjoy!

  4. Reply
    Megan Ellam
    November 6, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Oh gosh this looks amazing! Perfect with Christmas just around the corner.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 8, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      I totally agree! Thanks, Megan!

  5. Reply
    Sadia Malik
    November 7, 2019 at 12:58 am

    What an awesome combo of guava, milk and lemon. Love that it’s a no bake.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 8, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you, Sadia!

  6. Reply
    Brian Jones
    November 7, 2019 at 3:39 am

    I’m all over any cake that does not need baking, I really do not like baking 😉 This was delicious, really simple and very moorish, thank you 😀

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 8, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      You’re welcome, Brian! I’m not a fan of baking either, yet I keep challenging myself. ‍♀️

  7. Reply
    Alexandra Shunk
    November 7, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    What a delicious and easy dessert! I have never used guava paste before but it sounds yummy! I also love layered desserts so this Mexican Carlota Cake sounds right down my alley!!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 8, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      You should definitely try guava paste, Aleka! You’d like Brazilian “Romeo and Juliet” bites made with queso fresco and guava paste. 🙂

  8. Reply
    acraftymix
    November 10, 2019 at 6:48 am

    I am sooooooo going to make this one. It hits all the right buttons. Maria biscuits (we have Marie biscuits here in SA), condense milk (oh my yumminess) and guava. And best of all. no BAKE!!!!!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 10, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      You could totally manage this one, Michelle! And it’s so creamy and yummy, you’ll love it! 😀

  9. Reply
    Ron
    November 11, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Hi Jas, what a great adaptation of a classic dish. I love Marias cookies (we call them “guld Marie kex” over here) and you’re right, they’re perfect with coffee, tea or in your cake. We always make a Carlota de Limón at Christmas, but this year we’ll be having your Mexican Guava Carlota. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 11, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Hi, Ron! Believe it or not, this is my first Carlota, but it won’t be my last. Excited to try different flavors and lemon will be first on the list as my husband adores it. Hope your week is off to a great start! xx

  10. Reply
    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    November 15, 2019 at 8:40 am

    My husband is a big fan of guava and would love a slice of this cake.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Oh, then you should really make it for him! No-bake and 5 ingredients, can’t beat that! 😀

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