Filipinos love their sweet desserts with its many recipes of different varieties of kakanin and even the common use of coconut cream and coconut milk as an ingredient in many Filpino recipes. The Filipino palate loves sweet flavors and it’s uncontroversial to say that the majority of Filipinos have sweet tooths.
So it may come as a surprise to some that in Philippine cuisine, there is barely any Filipino cake recipe. At least, not the kind of traditional cake recipes that most people would probably think of.
Sure, there are plenty of popular bakeries everywhere in the country and there are even ones with multiple franchises nationwide but most of the cakes that can be found in these bakeries aren’t necessarily Filipino cake recipes.
Kakanins or native rice delicacies are much more popular and consumed more by the average Filipinos because they can be sold on the streets and cakes tend to be reserved for special celebrations and holidays.
Upon doing some basic research online, it turns out that some of the aforementioned Filipino cake recipes include yema cake, ube cake, mango cake, sans rival, and crema de fruta. All of which are sponge cakes and are typically only served during special occasions and the holidays.
One thing that I think contributes to there not being too many Filipino cake recipes is that most Filipino households don’t typically have an oven. This is because the majority of Filipino recipes don’t require an oven and only the most dedicated home cooks and bakers are more likely to invest in one for their kitchen.
In my experience, if someone wants a cake, they typically would not bake it themselves but go to the bakery to purchase a ready-made one.
Now, as seen by the title for this recipe, we’re going to be making something called Crema de Fruta which is one of the few original Filipino cake recipes. We’ve already done similar recipes of the Crema de Fruta cakes, both are modified to be no-bake cakes using graham crackers. You can find these recipes here and here.
The traditional crema de fruta cake is a sponge cake layered with sweet custard or whipped cream, gelatin, and cuts of different fruits. It’s probably the most popular cake to serve during the Christmas season.
Nowadays, the no-bake version of crema de fruta has become a hit and is quickly replacing the traditional crema de fruta recipe probably because anyone can make at home even without an oven. The two recipes linked above are great examples.
And we’re going to recreate these recipes! But for this one, we’re only going to be using three ingredients, or more precisely items that we can get at the store. This recipe came to fruition because a friend of mine was complaining that desserts are too complicated to make at home and I wanted to prove him wrong.
I mean I get it. Sometimes, we just don’t have the time to create elaborate desserts and would rather go to restaurants. But hopefully, for this recipe, people can see that dessert recipes like crema de fruta doesn’t have to be complicated. We just need a little patience and with the three ingredients that we have, we can make a delicious but inexpensive dessert at our home.
Follow the recipe below or if you’re a visual learner, click on the video to follow this no-bake crema de fruta recipe with just three ingredients. Enjoy!
How to Make Crema De Fruta with just 3 Ingredients!
- Graham crackers whole
- 1 medium-sized can mixed fruit cocktail drained
- 1 pack all purpose cream
- Line a rectangular container with three layers of whole Graham crackers. Add more layers if you want a thicker crust.
- Spread the all purpose cream and mixed fruit cocktail on top.
- Add a layer of whole Graham crackers.
- Repeat steps 2 & 3 until the desired number of layers is achieved. Finish it with step 2.
- Serve chilled or frozen and enjoy your Crema De Fruta!