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Refrigerator Cake: A Comfort Food This Christmas

Updated on June 30, 2011
Peach Refrigerator Cake
Peach Refrigerator Cake | Source

Ever heard of refrigerator cake or simply ref cake?

My cousin, who's a psychologist declares that it's her 'comfort food' all her life. So, she makes it a point to offer his family and friends, including me with a slice of cool 'ref cake' every time I visit her.

I even lived with her for a month, way back 1999, when I was just starting my application as seaman overseas.

Philippine mango
Philippine mango | Source

My Aunt's Mango Ref Cake

The usual base to be used is Graham crackers. In a pyrex rectangular dish. I helped in arranging the first layer or base of the ref cake.

Then, the filling will consist of dairy cream and the flesh of ripe mangoes, coarsely pureed (even without sugar). One pack of the biscuit will make four layered ref cake.

The sealer will be the unflavored gelatin (usually white in color). The remaining ripe mango-dairy cream mix will serve as the toppings along with gelatin.

Since, it will not be baked in the hot oven, you will never make an icing  for it. Once you refrigerate it the whole night, you can eat it the next day.

If my aunt will not caught you red-handed!!! Just kidding. She prepared it for all. I may take out some slices when I go home.

Peach Refrigerator Cake c/o panlasangpinoy

The Recipe on Refrigerator Cake


two medium-sized ripe mango or coarsely pureed or thinly sliced

1 can - 14 ounces condensed milk

all purpose cream

1 pack-30 pieces graham crackers

1 small pack-14 ounces of unsweetened gelatin


  1. Arrange the first layer of Graham crackers on the pyrex rectangular dish.
  2. The mixture of sliced mango, condensed milk andall-purpose cream should be prepared ahead (chill inside the ref for an hour to have more 'body' or thickness on it). Spread some on it on the first layer then top with another set of graham crackers.
  3. Continue the process until you put the diluted gelatin (with lukewarm water) on the surface of the last filling.
  4. Garnish with the remaining sliced mango. Then refrigerate for the whole night.

There! You're ready to 'spill the beans', over this comfort food, refrigerator cake!

Refrigerator Cake c/o KraftCookingSchool


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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Savannah: Yes, you can replace it with lady finger, as long as you can compile it beautifully.

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      Savannah 6 years ago

      if graham crackers is not available can i replaced it with lady finger biscuit?

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thanks, Adela. I made one during Christmas and New Year and it was a blast, especially to my nephews and nieces.

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      Adela Rasta 7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Yum! This looks like a really nice recipe. I wish I had a piece of it now lol :)

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Mango flambe's secret is on the hot syrup. Although you'll have to grill the flesh of the ripe mango; overdoing it will have an adverse effects on children wherein their digestion process is not that A-1 outstanding. Adults, like us will surely like it and will never encounter gas pains or so, unless you have a stomach disorder (peptic ulcer, etc.). Caution is always considered when preparing such dessert. Thanks for the response, ktb. :D

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      kids-toy-box 7 years ago

      Hmm mango falmbe sounds great..I was watching a cooking show on local tv where a guy had made something called a mango trios:) looked super delicious--mango sorbet--mango cheescake and fresh sliced mango served on one platter.I am going to do this for New years eve dinner--and will use your recipe instead of cheesecake.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You might as well try it, ktb! Or the canned peaches, too! Canned mangoes are good for concocting 'hot' desert this cold Christmas season, like mango flambe.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @georgiecarlos: You can try this recipe at home. It will satisfy your hunger. I'm sure.

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      kids-toy-box 7 years ago

      Hmm Mango's yummy--it could be quite refreshing having these exotic fruits at Christmas-definitely a break from the traditional deserts. Unfortunately I don't think I can get away with this on Christmas day- We prefer the traditional Christmas goodies for Christams.I think I will try this out on New Years day. Hopefully I will find Mangos...perhaps I could use canned Mango's as a substitute?

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      georgiecarlos 7 years ago from Philippines

      The peach cake looks so good!! You made me hungry haha

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Great idea, miss_jkim! You can also use all -purpose cream, instead of condensed milk. It's lesser on calorie. :D

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      miss_jkim 7 years ago

      Yum, this sounds great. I think we used to have something a lot like this in Germany on a thin spongy torte cake. I may try it if I can find low fat condinsed milk.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      As you please, Ms. Pamela; you can use canned peaches. I used to do it when I was on board ship. You can also have fruit topping on your unique ref cake. Thank you for appreciating.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      A regular pastry crust will substitute Graham cracker. To do it like that cracker, knead an APF (all-purpose flour) with softened butter (usually salted). You can shape it into rectangular biscuits, then bake it in a pre-heated oven. You can also use crushed cornflakes but you will mix the mango mixture along with it, even minus the gelatin as sealer. You canalso put an icing on top of it or fruit garnish for a change. You will not the layered ref cake but a new one that you can call your original.I hope this helps, Ms. Karanda. :D

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      carrie450 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      This recipe sounds absolutely delicious. I may try it with canned peaches because fresh fruit is not available at this time of the year. I hope it works, thanks travel_man.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Mangoes are in season now in Australia so I would love to try this recipe but I have no idea what Graham crackers are, do you know what would be a good substitute for the Aussies?