ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Easy, No-Bake Recipe for Philippine Crema de Fruta – the Filipino Christmas Cake

Updated on September 25, 2012

Almost always linked with the highly anticipated Christmas season in the Philippines is the creamy and fruity sponge cake called crema de fruta.

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

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

Because of the cleverness of many Filipinos, making crema de fruta has just gotten easy.

There is now a no-bake recipe for this chilled desert that has always been coupled with the yuletide season.

Yes, no baking required!

Non-baker foodies and culinary newbie 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.

Ingredients for Making the No-Bake Crema de Fruta

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

Steps for Making the No-Bake Crema de Fruta

  1. Put into a pot the butter, egg yolks, evaporated milk, flour, sugar and water. Take time to mix all these ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Place the pot with the thoroughly mixed ingredients over low heat. Stir the ingredients for a few minutes. Remove the pot from the heat once the mixture becomes gooey.
  3. On a rectangular plastic pan, lay down the first layer of Graham crackers.
  4. Spread a thin layer of the gooey mixture on top of the first layer of Graham crackers.
  5. Alternate the mixture and Graham crackers until there are about three to four layers or until the mixture is used up.
  6. Decorate the top layer with fruit cocktails or other kinds of candied fruits.
  7. Prepare the gelatin according to usual instructions.
  8. Once the gelatin is ready, pour it onto the top layer of the cake.
  9. Let the cake cool down for a while then refrigerate it.

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 from the 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.

Other Christmas Dishes that Go with Crema de Fruta

Because it is a staple Christmas dish, crema de fruta is usually eaten in the Philippines with other foods that are linked with the yuletide season.

Filipinos like to eat crema de fruta with queso de bola, hamon de bola, and lechon.

Other desserts that are served alongside crema de fruta during Christmas are leche flan, bibingka, puto bumbong, tsokolate, and buko salad.

Copyright © 2011 Kerlyn Bautista

All Rights Reserved

Crema de Fruta Recipe

The Philippines on the Map


get directions


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

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

    • frogyfish profile image


      7 years ago from Central United States of America

      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 profile image


      7 years ago

      yummy! Those recipes look awesome

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

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

    • Wmod514 profile image

      William Odell 

      7 years ago from Upstate South Carolina

      Ooooooohhhhh !!!

    • Cresentmoon2007 profile image


      7 years ago from Caledonia, MI

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

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      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!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)