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Here’s Proof That Latinos Don’t Do Anything Basic, Especially Not Quinceañera Cakes

The most important part of any quince is the cake. Sure, the dancing and the outfits are all very important but what is a birthday party without a cake? A dance. That’s what it is. We all know that quinces are always a tad over the top because we just don’t do major life achievements in a basic way. Some are as tall as skyscrapers and some have moving parts and flashing lights. These are 25 of the most over-the-top quince cakes that you wish you had at all of your birthday parties.

1. Beauty and the Beast themes are never too dull.

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There are so many ways to do this theme. A yellow cake with rose petals is perfect because you immediately know what is going on here. The lit up rose in the glass case is the cherry on top of an amazing executed theme.

2. A gradual ombre is never a wrong move.

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This is likely to be the tamest cake you will ever see at a quince, yet it is so dynamic. Just look at all of the texture and color changing that happens on this cake.

3. It is always a plus if a quinceañera matches her cake.

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It seems pretty common sense but you’d be surprised how many people don’t understand the importance of matching. We’re not saying that it should match in the sense of it being the same color, but you have to nail the style and feeling of the dress. It really elevates the party.

4. Did we mention that people are obsessed with Beauty and the Beast?

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See. This proves that you can take the same theme and give it a different look to make it unique. This one focused on the characters and focal points of the movie. Notice the rose lit up on top and the teapot and cups on the bottom.

5. A monochromatic cake can always be inspired.

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You might just think that this is a white cake, however it is embellished with all kinds of bling and crystals. The flowers on top give it the quince touch because everything in a quince needs extra embellishments to make them really stand out.

6. Out of this world designs have graced many quince cake tables.

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Those galaxy cakes that are recently going viral are cute and all but we have already been doing those for quinces. They don’t have the same glossy and shiny coating, but the color scheme and the imagination have been in full force for many quinces past.

7. The quinceañera isn’t the only one to ear jewelry.

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Nothing says “Made it” like having some jewelry on the cake. The night is meant to celebrate a young woman becoming a woman but we all know that this is also a chance to brag about where the family is in life. You always have to make everyone think that the family is doing really well.

8. Extra cake for everyone is something that many should consider.

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Nothing says decadence like extra cake for everyone to really get their fill. After all, your tío and abuelo love to eat and they usually spend their time sitting at the table at parties enjoying all the food available.

9. Silk and luscious pillows make for great cake aesthetic.

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That top layer of the cake will remind you of that silk pillow that was in your abuela’s living room. No matter how may times you tried to sleep on it, it was just never comfortable. But it does look really nice so making it a cake layer is super fancy.

10. Barbie in a fancy dress as a topping.

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Now, this is fancy. Who wouldn’t stop, stare, admire, and take photos of this impressive and massive cake topper. Bonus points if the honoree and the doll have the same hair style.

11. Take those baby photos and use them for a good cause.

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Sometimes regular cakes are just too simple and boring. This family knew that they had to make the most out of the special day. What better way to celebrate a special birthday than with using childhood photos to tell their story.

12. Real plants make for great embellishments.

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Flowers and leaves are just a couple of things you can use to make the best of a cake. Make sure you let the guests know not to eat them because you don’t want sick people ruining the party. If these cakes aren’t enough for you, check out these outrageous quince centerpieces.

13. Make the cake everything you want with a special cultural touch.

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This Mexicana definitely made the most of her special quince cake using Día de los Muertos as the theme. The sugar skull on top is the perfect tie in for the beautiful flowers and colorful designs.

14. Some people don’t care about using someone else’s brand on their cake.

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Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hello Kitty, you name it. Some of these quinceañeras have no issue taking their cake and using someone else’s brand to make it seem fancy. We all know a person who will do this.

15. This really is a quince tradition of the ages.

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Crazy cakes for quinces is not something that just happened. These cakes are just part of what it means to throw a good quince. The more memorable the cake, the better.

16. The taller and more intricate the cake, the better.

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Do you see the dolls on the cake? That’s right. Why only have one cake topper when you can just recreate the entire quince party on the top? This is a spectacular use of a quince cake, tbh.

17. When in doubt, just keep adding.

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You know that phrase, less is more? Yeah, that doesn’t exist in Latino households. Rather, we believe that if you are not happy with something, just keep adding to it until it is exactly want you want.

18. Deconstruct the cake to look artistic.

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Layered cakes are cute and everything but they are just too basic and expected. It is better to deconstruct the cake to display it than to stack all the layers and hide the beauty the is the cake.

19. Visions of gold for the win.

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Gold prices might not be as good as they once were but the love of gold is as strong as ever. Here is just one of the times in life when using gold on something makes perfect sense.

20. Floral additions are so enticing.

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Roses are not just for bouquets. Add them up the side of that cake and watch your guests go green with envy. Seriously. Try it and let us know what you think.

21. Or you can use stars.

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Let all those guests know that your future is about to be so bright they are going to need sunglasses. That is just one way to let everyone know how good things have been for you.

22. Put a major monument on it.

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If your quince is just too basic to tolerate, add a major monument on your cake to feel better. In this case, you can see the Eiffel Tower on top of the cake to let everyone know that Paris is on your mind. It doesn’t matter if you have ever been.

23. Masquerade is always a fun theme.

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This is a really easy and beautiful theme. Just a couple roses and a nice mask to make everyone feel like they are in New Orleans or galavanting around France in the 1800s.

24. Again, make those cakes grand.

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You can use staircases to make the cake seems like a multi-leveled vision of deliciousness.

25. Never underestimate the power of a feather.

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The feather can be taller than the cake and it will stick. That is how you make your quince cake really shine.

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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