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 so much for all the wonderful recipes you’ve been sharing over the years. I discovered your site on you tube. Now, I’m learning from you and would like to try some of your recipes. Bye-the-way, do you have a recipe for Mercedes de Brazo? A million thanks and more power!!!!!

    • Hi Soni, its nice to hear from you. I’m currently whipping-up the video for Brazo de Mercedes and will post it soon. Have a great day!

      • hello kuya!
        cge po, go go go! we will be waiting for your brazo de mercedes recipe!
        thanks so much..

  2. Stay At Home Mom says:

    I enjoy watching your videos! Keep up the good work!

  3. thanks u so much! more recipe!!!!

  4. ellen peck says:

    To Mae: I-try mo yung shortcut ni Brenda. If you’re in the U.S., bili ka ng brick-size na angel food cake. Hatiin mo sa tatlo at ilatag mo sa 8″ x 10″ baking pan hanggang sa mapuno yung bottom at kailangan dikit-dikit sila. Yes, Jello’s vanilla-flavoured pudding is a great substitute for the custard.

  5. Hi.I have tried most of your recipes posted here and they were really GREAT.
    I will try this recipe today kaya lang I don’t know the asize of the baking pan. We are using the same baking pan, just like on this video, is it 2.0L? Thanks

  6. Victoria Del Rosario says:

    Wow loved your site. Its awesome. Keep up the good work. Going to make Food for the Gods this New Year.

  7. yummy! =) backbreaking but it’s worth it for Noche Buena. Merry Christmas to all and more power to Panlasang Pinoy!

  8. emerald says:

    i hope you can feature the puto recipe gamit po yung giniling na bigas tsaka yung kakanin sa leyte na “Moron” favorite ko po yun…thanks

  9. emerald says:

    ginawa ko today crema de fruta,chocolate crinkles at embutido lahat successful ggwa pa sana ako ng empanada pero sakit na beywang ko!hehehehe kaya lutuin ko nalang muna yung filling bukas na yung crust hehehehhe..ty tlaga

  10. emerald says:

    katatapos ko lng gumawa nito pero nakalimutan mo yatang ilagay yung natitirang vanilla?hehehehe i assume para yun sa custard kaya nilagay ko na rin dun..first time ko gumawa nito pero sobrang ganda nya successful,ty sa recipe!

  11. christian_08 says:

    I need a recipe for Blueberry Cheesecake(baked or no-baked recipe). Please post it soon. Thanks a lot!

  12. Priscilla says:

    Hi PP! Your website has been a great help for me being a housewife here in Italy. I have already tried some of your recipes and it turn out perfect thanks to you! I would like to ask if you have a recipe for an ube macapuno cake using artificial ube, the powder one. I really dreamed of baking one and hope you can make it come true! Well… thank you and more power! Great job PP! CIAO!

  13. Hi! kuya thank you po sa recepe ng crema de fruta gagawin ko ito ngayon. sana maituro nyo rin yung putong puti ng bigas pra sa dinuguan. Thank you and God Bless!

  14. Hi, thanks for sharing your recipes. Your video helped a lot in showing the right thickness, texture etc needed for each recipes. I really love to cook but never tried till i saw your website. It pushes me to go to the kitchen and start cooking!
    congratulate me, its my first experience to bake and i got nice compliments from my neighbors hehehe..Thanks again. God bless you!

  15. Hello po.
    I really enjoy your site.
    Thank you for sharing your gift of cooking to all of us.
    More Power po and Godbless. ^_^

  16. i love your site!!!! as in super duper..

  17. hello, enjoy po ako sa mga recipes nyo
    im 18yrs.old pro nung napanood ko yung
    mga recipes nyo sa youtube eh, nag enjoy po talaga
    ako, and besides madami din po akong natutunan!!
    more power sa staff ng panlasangpinoy
    and sana mas marami pa kayong maishare
    lalo na sa desserts…

  18. You’re welcome Lisa. Feel free to drop by anytime.

  19. Pech Tomagan says:

    hi! i am just starting to learn how to cook. i find your recipes and videos easy to follow. it definitely inspire me to cook. i am now eager to try the oven bbq spareribs! your site is really a great help for us pinoys working overseas. more power! :D

  20. Hi, with regards to the unflavored gelatin, I think Walmart has it. The common brand that is being sold is Knox. I can find it at my local grocery store here in WI. If you can’t find it, it’s always best to ask a store employee to help you out and if it’s not available, order it online kung matindi talaga ang pangangailangan!I’m going to try this this week.
    You are really a great help to us overseas pinoys, Mr. PP!!Good job!

    • ellen peck says:

      Yes, kuya, mayroon sa WalMart ng KNOX (The original unflavored gelatine) – a small box, 1oz, has 4 envelopes/pouches/packets in it.

  21. BeTh oBa says:

    thank you po…

  22. cab you send d recipe for hamondo and how to do it tnx..

  23. Sa European market ako nakabili ng unflavored gelatin pero I’m sure na meron sya sa safeway (or dominck’s). Not sure kung meron ito sa Walmart lolit.

    Is there anyone who could help us out? Please reply after this post. Thank You.

  24. lolit of the north carolina mountains =) says:

    hello kuya, pahabol po.. medyo nahirapan ako sa paghahanap last time ng unflavored gelatin, san ko ba mabibili yon? sa walmart? lowes? asian store? pls help po! medyo ignorant question to, pero need ur help tlaga! thanks! =)

  25. hi there..

    im one of ur avid fans and also a hobby cook….its jst that i dont really publisized my admiration on ur works…but now for the first time i´ll do. For sure i tried cooking some of ur menus..for one was that Buttered GArlic Shrimps, Crema de Fruta,´s jst amazing….

    More power on ur cooking prowess….hopefully you could share more pinoy´s a big for us filipinos who are away from home.


  26. Susan of Toronto says:

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  27. Thanks po, bago po ako d2…mukhang marami po akong matutunan d2 sa website nyo… thanks po… fan nyo na po ako

  28. cutemomma says:

    katakam takam naman yan kuya gawin ko nga yan sa b-day ng asawa ko… thank you.

  29. Thank you jemapelle. Next time yung tortang talong na request mo naman ang feature natin :)

  30. jemapelle says:

    you have a great website! keep up the noble work!

  31. Hi lhea, I’m doing fine. How about you? I’m sure na panibagong masusundan uli ito just take note na dapat eksakto ang sukat ng mga ingredients :) Have a nice day!

  32. Hi Jenny, thanks for the wonderful comment. I really appreciate viewers/regulars (like you and many others) who were able to find some time to get back to me and show appreciation. It’s not easy to maintain a site like this; your appreciation and other good comments really encourages me to go on.

  33. My pleasure chinky :)

  34. Thanks lolit of NC. Sana lagi kang bumisita dito.

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