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Easy, No-Bake Recipe for Philippine Crema de Fruta Cake

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Philippine Crema de Fruta Cake

The creamy and fruity sponge cake called Crema de Fruta is almost always linked with the highly anticipated Christmas season in the Philippines.

Conventionally, Filipinos make their Crema de Fruta by alternating layers of soft cake, candied fruits, cream, condensed milk, and gelatin.

We then freeze this dessert and serve it cold during Noche Buena or Christmas Eve dinner or whenever we feel there is a good reason to celebrate.

There is now a no-bake recipe for this chilled desert that has always been coupled with the yuletide season. Yes, no baking is required! Non-baker foodies and culinary newbies can now make this sweet treat in 1-2-3.

Below is the easy, no-bake recipe for the Philippine Crema de Fruta, the holiday cake that Filipinos have loved throughout the years.


  • ½ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 6 beaten egg yolks
  • 1 medium-sized can of evaporated milk
  • 1 large-sized can of fruit cocktails or candied fruits, peaches, or mangoes
  • 1 packet of unflavored, clear color, and unsweetened gelatin
  • 1 pack of graham crackers or any plain and honey-flavored crackers
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Combine the butter, egg yolks, evaporated milk, flour, sugar, and water in a large pot
  2. Mix ingredients thoroughly
  3. Place the pot with the thoroughly mixed ingredients over low heat
  4. Stir the ingredients for a few minutes
  5. Remove the pot from the heat once the mixture becomes gooey
  6. On a rectangular plastic pan, lay down the first layer of Graham crackers
  7. Spread a thin layer of the gooey mixture on top of the first layer of Graham crackers
  8. Alternate the mixture and Graham crackers until there are about three to four layers or until the mixture is used up
  9. Decorate the top layer with the fruit cocktails
  10. Prepare the gelatin according to the packets instructions
  11. Pour the gelatin onto the top layer of the cake
  12. Let the cake cool down for a while
  13. Refrigerate the cake
  14. Serve!

Tada! Your crema de fruta is now ready to be served. Yum, yum, yum!

When to Serve Crema de Fruta

Because of its sweet taste and festive colors, Crema de Fruta is a staple during Noche Buena, or the Christmas dinner that Filipino families partake in from midnight of December 24 until the wee hours of December 25.

However, you don’t really need to wait for Christmas just to have this treat.

Crema de Fruta can be eaten as a dessert, a comfort food, or an afternoon snack.

Whenever you feel the urge, you can get yourself a Crema de Fruta.

Crema de Fruta Recipe

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Thelma Alberts from Germany on December 03, 2011:

Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing. I love to try this recipe. Bookmark for later use. Thanks again.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on November 22, 2011:

This sounds delicious. Does the gelatin seep all the way down the layers or does it stay on top? Doesn't really matter but might make a difference in serving it. I will have to bookmark your recipe. Thank you.

jfay2011 on November 20, 2011:

yummy! Those recipes look awesome

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 19, 2011:

This looks SO good. I'm going to try it. I love trying new recipes. Thanks so much.

William Odell from Upstate South Carolina on November 17, 2011:

Ooooooohhhhh !!!

Cresentmoon2007 from Caledonia, MI on November 17, 2011:

I think it's wonderful that you share recipes of your culture. Thank you. Voted up.

Travelwyse on November 17, 2011:

My mom used to make this! She grew up n the Philippines and we have lots of traditional food in our home as result. Lovely to see it up here!

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