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Crema de Fruta- layered dessert of cake, custard, fruit cocktail and gelatin.
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No-bake Crema de Fruta

Nothing says festivity more than Crema de Fruta! With varying layers of cool, delicious sweetness. No wonder it is a favorite Filipino Christmas dessert. What's more, this recipe is no-bake and so easy!

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: crema de fruta
Servings: 6
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 18-20 pieces ladyfingers
  • 1 big can fruit cocktail - drained and juices reserved
  • 6 pieces Maraschino cherries (optional)


  • cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 3 pieces eggyolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tablespoon gelatin powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup reserved fruit cocktail juice



  • Warm milk in the microwave for several seconds on high until warm but not boiling.
  • In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add the egg yolks and beat until it becomes pale and smooth. Gradually add the milk while continuously stirring.
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over low heat, whisking constantly, until custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, 10-12 minutes. Add vanilla extract and stir several times to blend. Remove from heat and let it cool down.


  • Dissolve gelatin and sugar in water. Bring it to a boil over medium heat, stirring regularly to dissolve the lumps and granules.
  • Turn off the heat. Add the reserved fruit cocktail juice. Let it cool down.


  • Arrange a layer of ladyfingers at the bottom of a 6x8-inch or 7x7-inch pan.
  • Pour half of the custard on top and spread evenly. Spread half of the fruit cocktail on top of the custard.
  • Create another layer of the ladyfingers, custard and fruit cocktail. You may add some cherries if you like, spaced evenly.
  • Lastly, very gently pour the gelatin all over the final layer covering the fruits completely.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight. Best serve cold.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 0.2mg