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To prepare cajeta, goat’s milk is slowly simmered with sugar and sometimes cinnamon, vanilla, or other flavorings until it thickens and caramelizes, resulting in a smooth and creamy caramel sauce.

The slow cooking process allows the sugars in the milk to caramelize and develop a deep, complex flavor.

Cajeta can vary in consistency, ranging from pourable syrup-like to thicker, spreadable textures, depending on how long it’s cooked.

It’s commonly used as a topping or filling for various desserts like ice cream, crepes, churros, cakes, and pastries. It’s a versatile and flavorful addition that adds a delightful sweetness to many dishes.

In this article, we guide you through this simple but effective recipe.


  • Easy to follow
  • Tips to perfect your Cajeta
  • Nutritional insights

Cajeta Recipe Background

Cajeta is a traditional Mexican confection made from caramelized goat’s milk. A staple sweet, its origins trace back to the colonial period in Mexico.

Quick Facts:

  • Origin: Mexico
  • Main Ingredient: Goat’s Milk
  • Course: Dessert Sauce

Why Make this Recipe?

  • Versatile: Use it on everything from pancakes to ice cream.
  • Long Shelf-Life: Store and savor it for weeks.
  • Beginner-Friendly: Requires basic kitchen skills.

What Does Cajeta Taste Like?

Rich and creamy, with caramel overtones and a hint of vanilla.

Taste Profile:

  • Sweet: High
  • Creamy: High
  • Complexity: Medium

What is in Cajeta?

  • Goat’s Milk
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract

Equipment Required for this Recipe

  • Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Glass Jar for Storage


  • 4 cups goat’s milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Pour the goat’s milk into a saucepan.
  2. Add sugar and stir.
  3. Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously.
  4. Once thickened, add vanilla extract.
  5. Cook until it reaches a caramel consistency.
  6. Remove from heat and let it cool.

How to Serve Cajeta

Drizzle it, spoon it, love it.

Serving Ideas:

What to Serve Cajeta With

  • Ice Cream
  • Churros
  • Flan

My Recommendations and Tips

  • Keep stirring to avoid burning.
  • Customize sweetness by adjusting sugar.
  • Use a thick-bottomed saucepan for even cooking.

Cajeta Storage Ideas

  • Fridge: Lasts up to a month in an airtight container.
  • Freezer: Up to 3 months.

Potential Ingredients Substitutes

Goat’s MilkCow’s Milk + Cream
SugarMaple Syrup

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: Approx 80 per tablespoon
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fat: 3g

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use any type of milk?
    • Goat’s milk is traditional, but cow’s milk can work.
  • How to know it’s done?
    • When it coats the back of a spoon, it’s ready.


Cajeta isn’t just another dessert sauce; it’s a celebration of simple ingredients transforming into something magical. Its versatility and rich flavors make it a must-try in any kitchen. Perfect for both casual and special occasions, you’ll find excuses to spread Cajeta on everything!