If you are after a creamy fruit dessert, then go no further than the Filipino fruitcake Crema de Fruta which literally means fruit cream.
This delicious treat is made with sponge cake layers, separated by sweet custard or whipped cream, and has mouth-watering fruits like mangoes, pineapples, and cherries dotted throughout.
Despite its summertime vibes, you’d expect to see Crema de Fruta around the Christmas season. That’s because The Philippines have their Christmas in their hot seasons!
There are tons of ways to make this classic Filipino dessert your own, and I have gathered up as many tasty and different versions of this cake as I could!
Check out the 25 most amazing Crema de Frutas recipes!
Let’s kick off this list with a classic take on Crema de Fruta. Kawaling Pinoy has created a recipe that starts everything from scratch.
You can learn how to make a traditional sponge cake, a classic custard, and a collective fruit and gelatin mix, all of which are combined together to create a Crema de Frutas that any Filipino can identify.
From a wide Crema de Fruta dish to a group of individual yogurt cups. This recipe by Lidl Shows you just how imaginative you can be with your Filipino desserts.
The use of tropical fruits like mango, papaya, and kiwi creates a wonderfully refreshing taste to share with your friends.
If you were hoping to create something a little less chunky and a little more baby-friendly, then try out Mibebe y Yo’s interpretation of Crema de Fruta.
You will end up with a tasty snack that your baby will love to eat, and you will feel confident knowing that they are eating healthy.
Crema de Fruta is so easy to make, but Pinoy Cooking Recipes have made it one step easier. When it comes to creating the sponge, Pinoy Cooking Recipes has opted to use graham crackers instead!
This turns it into a no-bake recipe that your kids can help make!
Elgourmet has created another unusual take on the classic Crema de Frutas. Their new design adds a shade of elegance and removes the layer of carbohydrates, leaving you with a rich, tasty, and healthy alternative.
I will say that when you translate the page from Spanish to English, “Mango” turns into “Handle,” so watch out for these minor slip-ups!
If you wanted to create your Crema de Fruta in a way that focused on the fruit and the sponge, and didn’t spend that much time on the cream, then let me show you Yummy’s take on Crema de Fruta.
Yummy has created a recipe that ignores the layers part of the traditional dessert and instead puts all its energy into the sponge.
Some of you might read this recipe and shake your head, screaming, “This isn’t a Crema de Fruta”, and you wouldn’t be wrong.
Nestle has created a deconstructed alternative to the classic fruity dessert, and in doing so, they have added a new element to the pudding; Almonds!
These almonds bring a deep earthy flavor to this sweet dish, making it a creative choice for a wintery Christmas.
Back to the traditional recipe of Crema de Fruta, with layers and all! Pilipinas Recipes brings you back to the original design of this cultural recipe, but instead of using sponge cake, they have suggested you use graham crackers.
This three-piece cream cup is the shareable cousin of my favorite Crema de Frutas. The elegant wine glass design has three different layers, but none of them are of the sponge cake variety.
Instead, you have a red berry section, a banana section, and a jam section, which is loosely separated by a thin layer of whipped cream.
If an elegant Crema de Frutas is what you are looking for, but these single-serving desserts are not the style you are after, then take a glance at Vidactual’s recipe. There is only one fruit for the selection, but that is the easy-to-cut strawberry.
Because of this singular color, the overall design is sophisticated. Perfect for an afternoon tea.
De Rechupete’s take on a Crema de Fruta brings back the sponge layer in force!
Instead of having the layer come through every section, they have instead created a tart base with a cream middle and delicately placed a selection of fruit on top.
Now back to some more original interpretations of the Crema de Fruta. Recetas Comidas have created a recipe to serve your Crema de Fruta two just two people.
This intimate recipe allows you to create the flavors that you want without any leftovers that may have otherwise gone to waste.
You may have noticed that some of these recipes are initially written in Spanish, which is unusual seeing as the Philippines official languages are Filipino and English, but if you use Google Chrome’s Google Translate feature, the whole page will be translated into your default language, making this ice cream fruit special easier to read.
Most of these Crema de Frutas recipes have tried to cut away the sponge cake element in an attempt to create a sophisticated look or to avoid the dreaded carbohydrate, but to most of us, the cake part of a dessert is the most important!
This is when I introduce you to Consumer’s recipe. They have used the original design of a Crema de Frutas and have turned it into a delicious sandwich, as the sponge encompasses the cream.
WikiHow is not the normal go-to place to find a cooking recipe, but you cannot deny the ease and simplicity that their website has created for us.
They have a recipe for each section of the Crema de Fruta, including the fruit cream, cake sponge, and the trifle.
Here is another single-serving portion size for 4 people. The sponge layer has been ignored, but who needs it when the delicious mango can shine through!
Sticking to the classics means creating a cultural icon, and there is no shame in keeping away from the more creative and adventurous inspired versions of this dish.
With Allrecipes’ original creation, you know you will be creating a crowd-pleaser.
On the other hand, going outside the box can be an exhilarating feeling.
Nestle has really shaken up the classic Crema de Frutas recipe by adding chocolate pieces and cookie pieces into the mixture to create a naughty version of this healthy dessert.
Another unusual take on the Crema de Fruta, that I think is amazing, is this fruit cream and waffle combination.
This recipe is probably very far away from the original design, but the overall vibe of fruit, cream, and sponge has still been incorporated.
Supremo’s recipe brings a touch of freshness to a sometimes starchy dessert. They have used all of the traditional ingredients but allowed the fruits to take center stage.
Their secret ingredient is chopped walnuts, which have been sprinkled on top to create a lovely crunch.
If you would like your Crema de Frutas to have less fruit and more cream, then check out Pinoy Hapagkainan’s recipe.
The mango flavor has been blended into the cream, so the dessert doesn’t turn into a granola-like soup like you might have expected.
I’ve shown you so many unique ways to create Crema de Fruta desserts, so let’s start to slow down this list with some classic creations.
You can create the classic Filipino dessert with a wonderfully crunchy base and a tasty fruit and almond topping in this no-bake recipe.
Finding this beautiful design of the mango and strawberry in Maputing Cooking’s recipe was the first time I could look at the Crema de Fruta dessert and see Christmas.
Check it out yourself, and surprise your family this season with your rendition!
I’m leaving you with this last Crema de Fruta, which has stayed true to the original Filipino dessert. It’s jelly-like cream, holding beautifully arranged fruit on a bed of cake-y sponge. Enjoy!