Crema de Fruta Recipe

Crema de Fruta is a layered Filipino dessert made-up of sponge cake, custard, a fruit coktail layer, and topped with gelatin. This is considered as a special dessert because the preparation and ingredients involved are above ordinary. This cake recipe is a mainstay during Christmas dinner or “Noche Buena” and other special occasions. Crema de Fruta has always been a Filipino Favorite since time immemorial.

Preparing Crema de Fruta is quite complicated. This is the reason why I tried to stay up a little later in order to complete the video for your guidance. The recipe captures everything that you will need to do, but the steps can be a bit overwhelming. It will help if you are watching an actual demo while attempting to follow the recipe. Don’t get intimidated. I can assure that your patience and hard-work will not go to waste.

I started to record the video for this crema de fruta recipe late in the evening (around 10 pm after arriving from work) and I am so thankful because my wife and kids helped out (I appreciate the help guys).  I’m sure that you will love this dessert.

Try this Crema de Fruta Recipe and let me know what you think.

Crema de Fruta

Crema de Fruta Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 pieces egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 big can fruit cocktail (about 30 ++ ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups water

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Make the Sponge Cake by sifting the baking powder and 1 cup flour using a flour sifter. Set aside
  2. Put 4 egg yolks in a mixing bowl and then beat until texture becomes thick.
  3. Add-in 1/2 cup sugar gradually while beating the egg
  4. Slowly add the sifted flour and baking powder mixture. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  5. Combine 1 cup milk, butter, and vanilla extract in a sauce pan then cook until butter melts
  6. Pour the cooked mixture (milk, butter, vanilla extract) into the mixing bowl and mix with the existing concoction until evenly distributed
  7. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  8. Pour the combined mixtures in a baking pan then bake for 23 minutes or until sponge cake is ready. Set aside.
  9. Make the simple syrup by heating a saucepan and placing 1/4 cup sugar.
  10. Add 1/4 cup of water immediately and cook until the sugar completely dissolves then let cool for a few minutes
  11. Pour the simple syrup on top of the sponge cake and thens spread. (I spread the syrup using a brush)
  12. Make the custard by combining 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 3 cups milk in a saucepan then cook while stirring until the mixture thickens
  13. Put half of the cooked mixture on the bowl where the 4 egg yolks are placed and then mix well
  14. Put everything back in the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients. Mix until texture is thick enough (this is now the custard)
  15. Apply the layer of custard evenly on top of the Sponge cake
  16. Drain the liquid concentrate from the fruit cocktail and set aside.
  17. Arrange all the fruits on top of the custard layer. Make sure to place them evenly
  18. Dilute the gelatin in 2 cups of water
  19. Heat the saucepan then pour the diluted gelatin and fruit cocktail concentrate and bring to a boil
  20. Immediately after boiling, turn off the heat and let cool down until temperature is a little above normal room temperature
  21. Pour the gelatin mixture on top of the fruit cocktail layer
  22. Refrigerate (preferably overnight)
  23. Serve chilled for dessert. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 8

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  1. thank you panlasang pinoy for every recipes you’re sharing with us! i’m a “baking starter” here, and marami nagsasabi kulang pa sa “presentation” ang mga gawa ko. But since I found your website, I’ve learned great product presentation! Now, I am ready for my Holiday orders! Thank you so much! God bless you always!

  2. Mary Ann Mangahoc says:

    Hello Sir:
    I am just new to ur site and I already tried some of ur delicious recipes which my husband and friends love it too…I always said to my self I will really learn how to cook when I retire but ever since I found ur site, it encourages me to start learning now…ur videos really helped a lot and motivated me to start now than later…so I wish to express to u my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the effort u made ‘coz u helped a lot of ur viewers esp. me…thanks and more power! God Bless u and ur Family!

    Sincerely yours,

    Mary Ann Mangahoc

  3. Cream de Fruta Ingredients:
    300 grams nestle cream
    1 can evap milk (375 ml.)
    1 can condensed milk(395 g.)
    6 pieces of eggs (get the the egg yolk only)
    250 grams butter (slice so that it easy to dissolve)
    1 can fruit cocktail(u can add strawberry more yummy)
    3 pack of Honey Graham crackers(8 single packs each)
    1 clear gulaman
    Pasensya na Jeng ngayon lang ako nakareply, meron akong pictures nyan nakapost sa FB, ko kc marami ang nanghihingi ng recipe na friends ko.

  4. i want to know how to make scrambol or the stuff that ice breaker sells. do you have a recipe for this?

  5. Hi Kuya and to all the readers,

    I need tips… kase I tried yung recipe and the sponge bread and the custard fillings tasted like flour. Di ko na achive yung lasa talaga ng vanila or butter dun sa tinapay and fillings.

    Does it mean na kulang ako sa cooking time or so paghalo ng mga ingredients or sa pag measure?

    I appreaciate your help and tips in advance!



  7. I have a microwave oven can i bake a cake? give step by step instructions.i can’t pre-heat in the microwave oven,of course,so can i still bake?

  8. hi! ask ko sana yung sa gelatin 2 tbsp lang ba talaga ang needed kasi nung ginawa ko ito di sya nag set.yung alsa ang ginamit ko ang tagal nya maging malapot.thanks.

  9. thanks cel! for sharing your alternative way of making crema de pruta.
    i’ll try this recipe on new year’s eve.

  10. halow kuya…ok lang ba to kahit di ko na lagyan ng gelatin hehe

  11. how about sa mga busy moms na walang time to bake sponge cake? db we can use lady finger for replacement instead making it from scratch? and for the custard what was the easiest way to do that?

  12. I really love your recipe’s, i tried some of them and all comes out perfect. To mention one, Crema de Fruta is so yummy….

  13. tomilinda says:

    Thanks so much for your cooking lessons.I do really have fun and it gives me more confidence now.Kse nuon gaya gaya lang me ,cooking or baking without recipe.Now i really have confidence since nagawa ko na yun iba.Im so happy to see my family ,church and friends enjoying my cookings..GOD BLESS you and your family..

  14. kuya tnx sa recipeeiba ka tlga pede bako mag request ng ube macapuno roll cakes wait ko po yun tnx Godbless you!

  15. hello there !

    i tried your recipe and it was yummy ! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe !!!

  16. cheldon says:

    hi… thanks for this recipe, i now have a delectable idea what to prepare for our household meeting tomorrow. i will surely try your crema de fruta, and will have my dear guests the first to try it… just want to know though how many servings of this preparation makes, we kinda have the habit of packing leftovers for take home stuff, pls. let me know, thanks..

  17. kuya.. ano pag process ng powder gelatin?? e de solb b ng warm water o natural water??

  18. hello, i tried this recipe but it seemed it did not turn out the way it should. the custard layer remained soft even i refrigerated it overnight. also, the cake part is so hard and sticky. wonder what went wrong? i followed the procedure and measurements.

    your website is very helpful. i have been a follower. thank you for sharing. hope you can enlighten me with the answers to my queries. thanks again.

  19. TONI, GEORGIA says:

    yeah ung unflavored gellatin meron sila sa walmart as in jello unflavored gellatin talaga at meorn din cla sa publix store.hope this helps..Toni of Georgia, USA

  20. cynthia devera says:

    thanks for the you tube on how to cook creama de fruta now it so easy for me to do baking go go go ! more power and more you tube thanks.

  21. Kathy R. Fadrigalan says:

    hi good day! im an avid fan of this site.. i make this recipe yesterday, i follow the instructions by number.. but sadly, i didn’t get the sponge cake right, its a bit hard like a crust of an egg pie.. what did i do wrong? and the custard is ok but its kinda soft like melting..hehehe hope u could give me advice on this..thanks much.. =)

  22. hello pp,
    question: am using packets of knox gelatin. is 1 tbsp = 1 packet gelatin?
    much thanks, a

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