Pastel de Guayaba {Guava Cake}

Pastel de Guayaba (Guava Cake) is a moist and delicious cake that I love to make for the holidays.  From the moment you start making the Guava-sauce up until you take this cake out the oven, your house will smell SO unbelievably delicious.  I just love the combination of cinnamon and guavas.  To me, that is what Christmas should smell like.  It's amazing.

The taste is similar to a spice cake.  The first time my sister-in-law tried this cake, she said it was like biting into a guava. 

Pastel de Guayaba


  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups Guava-sauce
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour a 10-inch round pan.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil and sugar.

Add the eggs, one at a time, until well combined.

Whisk in the guava-sauce.

Add one third of the flour mixture, stirring well until the flour disappears.  Repeat with the remaining flour.

Stir in the chopped pecans.

Pour batter into the prepared cake pan.

Bake at 350F for  or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 to 55 minutes.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Remove cake from pan and place on a wire rack to cool until room temperature.

Place cake on serving platter and top with powdered sugar.  Enjoy!!!

Wrap any leftover cake in aluminum foil.  This cake tastes even better the next day!



  1. Oh delicious!!! I just love your recipes, can I come visit???

  2. can't wait to try this one! today i made horchata from scratch for the first time (a SHAME i know!) and it is delicious. thought of you!

  3. Here you go again with guava!!! I'm going to gain 20 pounds just reading your wonderful recipes. If it has guava in it, I'm going to have to make it. Your postings are so wonderful and with some of your recipes, it's going to be an even nicer Thanksgiving here in my home this year...again, thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Guava is the one thing I miss from my time in FL where guava pastries are abundant. I'm saving this recipe for my Christmas party.

  5. That is one BEE-YOU-TEE-FUL cake Leslie! I love the stenciled powdered sugar on top. I'm going to have to borrow that idea :-)

    I'm going to print out this recipe for my boss. They love guava and I'm sure they'd love this too. Thanks!

  6. this has got to be so good, moist and delicious, I bet it makes the whole neighborhood envious when you are baking this

  7. Leslie, I love this recipe. I am most definitely going to try it.

    Un saludo

  8. this was delicious, though I had to figure it was three eggs (from the picture) since they are not in the recipe. Also there is no time (but that doesnt really matter since I just cook til it's done. Overall it was amazing, Gracias

  9. mosvlublpelayo: Thank you for pointing that out. I will correct it ASAP. It does take 3 eggs. As for the time, I don't recall off the bat, but I think it was 45 to 50 minutes.

  10. This sounds so yummy...and you have so many yummy recipes here. I need to spend some time digging through them. Glad I found you on Lady Bloggers Tea Party! Following you now too. :)

  11. I'm so glad you posted this recipe Leslie. Now I know what to do with all the guava jam I put away in the freezer the last harvest I got from our tree. Love, love, love all the recipes you share!

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  13. How festive! I've never made a Pastel de Guayaba cake, but I've heard they are delicious.

  14. I buy guavas for the fruit bowl for no other reason than to have their aroma fill the room. Now I will have to try this cake for an exceptional guava aroma! It looks so good.


  15. Just wanted to wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Leslie.

    Take care,