The refrigerator cake, widely known as ref cake, is a popular dessert that’s quick to make, only needs a few ingredients, and doesn't require an oven to whip up. Anyone can prepare this no-fuss dessert in a matter of minutes. Plus, it’s a highly customizable treat—you can use other kinds of fruits or other toppings aside from the commonly used mangoes!
This luscious dessert may be easy to make, but that doesn’t mean you no longer need to practice making it. You only need condensed milk, graham crackers, sliced mangoes, and NESTLÉ All Purpose Cream to serve this dessert hit. But, to acquire the delectable taste of the classic mango ref cake, you need to remember a few tips and tricks.
Without further ado, let’s have a look at the basic steps on how to make this Pinoy-favorite dessert.
Combine 1 pack of NESTLÉ All Purpose Cream and 1/2 cup of condensed milk in a bowl. Make sure to mix them thoroughly.
Put your first layer of graham crackers in the glass dish. Next, put 2 tablespoon of the mixture on top of the crackers.
Next, layer several pieces of graham crackers above your first layer. Then, top it again with the cream mixture until fully covered. Cover the first layer with sliced mangoes.
Repeat the procedure to form two layers. Top the final layer with more sliced (or diced) mango and crushed graham. Afterward, put it in the refrigerator for 4 hours or until the graham is moist with cream. You can let it chill overnight if you want.
Finally, slice the ref cake into portions before serving. It’s best served well-chilled.
Tips and Tricks to Make the Perfect Ref Cake
Your mango float is already as exquisite as it is. Below, we’ve got a few tips for you to help further elevate your mouth-watering mango ref cake.
Get ripe mangoes
Reach for ripe mangoes since these will provide the sweetness you’re looking for. You wouldn’t want your guests to grimace at the taste of a sour mango with every bite, would you?
Plus, the sweet mangoes go hand-in-hand with the richness of the cream. So, take advantage of your local market’s ripe mangoes to get the best taste for your ref cake.
Chill the cream first
Ref cakes may be quick and easy to make, but you can get best-tasting results if you keep your bowl of all-purpose cream chilled before getting started.
This is done so that the mixture later on (combination of cream and condensed milk) will have a richer and thicker body for the filling. It is also easier to whip (little to no dripping) onto the layers since the cream stays cold. The cream won’t drip at the bottom, and your ref cake stays intact when assembling it.
Save the extra mangoes
Put aside a couple of mangoes to create mango cream, a mixture made with pureed mangoes and all-purpose cream. The smooth and thick blend is a fantastic way to add flavor without adding an extra ingredient.
To puree a mango, slice the ripened mangoes and put them in a food processor to blend until smooth. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender or manually mash the mangoes by using a fork. You can add this sweet flavor into your ref cake by combining the pureed mango with the cream (or a separate cream mixture).
You can use the mango cream mixture on the top layer to add color and taste, or you can put it in the middle layer for a surprising punch of mango goodness. Either way, you’ll be licking your spoon clean of indulgence!
Use NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream
NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream has been a good companion of culinary experts, as well as a great partner for home cooks, in making delightful and creamy creations with a twist.
NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream is the trusted cream of choice for years because of its quality which sets it apart from other cream brands. It’s the top pick to acquire that creamy, rich, and velvety goodness you’re aiming for your mango ref cake. The key is to keep it chilled to get the right texture.
A Rich and Creamy Treat to Share
See? Creating a dessert that will win your guests’ hearts is absolutely easy-peasy!
You can serve this mango ref cake on any occasion. It’s one of those desserts that anyone will rush to get their own slices the moment you put it down. You can even make this with your kids at home for a fun quality time together.
With a touch of NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream, you get to enhance the flavor of a classic mango ref cake to a creamier, richer, and more delightful finish. Every kid and kid-at-heart will find this homemade treat fulfilling—one that reminds them of happy memories. It is really that simple.