Ref cakes have become one of the most popular homemade desserts, owing their success to delicious flavors and the sheer ease of making them. With simple ingredients, careful arrangement, and a trusty refrigerator, anyone can come up with a sweet treat that’s worth sharing with friends and family in little to no time.
However, most ref cake recipes can get boring as they use the same old combination of mangoes and graham. If you feel like you need to bring something new to the table, it’s time to experiment on this no-brainer recipe. Take your classic creamy ref cake to new heights with the right variety of toppings and components.
Below are eight different flavors you can try to transform your favorite sweet treat into something even better!
Mango is a mainstay for several familiar ref cake recipes, but this Mango Meringue Ref Cake adds a sweeter twist! Using broas as its crust, this cake features layers of diced mangoes, sweetened NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream, white meringue cookies, and crushed KITKAT®.
The sweet flavor of the mango combines perfectly with the rest of the crunchy confections in-between. It’s perfect for those who love the standard but want to try something new every now and then.
Bring the refreshing summer flavors into your dessert with the Peach and Honey Ref Cake! What sets this version apart is its one-of-a-kind mix of cream and honey, giving it a distinctly sweet taste.
Together with slices of peach and cherry resting on top of a buttery graham crust, this delightful treat is tart and sweet in all the right ways. Serve this well-chilled on an extra hot day!
3. Banana and KitKat
Looking for the perfect snack for your break? The Banana KITKAT® Ref Cake has it all: buttery graham crust, slices of perfectly ripe banana, and crumbled, chocolatey KITKAT® enveloped in cream made sweeter with condensed milk.
This fruit and chocolate combination is as good as it sounds and ideal for a quick snack to get you through the day. Enjoy the crunch with every velvety, creamy bite, preferably with a cup of coffee.
An unlikely combination of coconut macaroons, coco jam, and cream sets this ref cake apart from the rest of the pack.
Macaroon Ref Cake uses coconut macaroons to make a delicious base for the cream-coco jam mixture and topped off with macapuno and sliced cherries. The result? A chewy, coconut-y delight that’s reminiscent of Filipino dessert staples but can stand on its own. You’ll find this cake on its way to becoming your family’s new favorite!
Make your ref cake a hit with the kids by taking inspiration from another one of their favorites, s’mores! Everything you love about s’mores is combined perfectly in this Smores Ref Cake, from incorporating fluffy marshmallows and crushed KITKAT® bits into the cream to the tasty graham cracker mix between each layer.
This dessert gets even better when topped off with more marshmallows, then lightly torched until golden brown. Best of all, this recipe is simple enough to make it with your kids (just don’t let them use the torch, of course!), leading to sweet eats and even sweeter memories.
Nothing says classy more than blueberries and white chocolate. In the case of Blueberry and White Chocolate Ref Cake, your classic ref cake receives a scrumptious boost by mixing blueberry pie filling and condensed milk with the cream.
For added texture, the berry-flavored cream has crumbled KITKAT® Chunky White and rests on top of a graham cracker crust. Serve this rich and creamy dessert up to your guests during any special occasion!
Find the right balance of sweet and tangy with the Calamansi and Dalandan Graham Ref Cake! The refreshingly sour taste of calamansi juice and rind blends well with the richness of cream cheese, NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream, and condensed milk.
Garnished with bright slices of ripe dalandan, this citrusy take on the iconic dessert provides a harmonious contrast that packs a punch with every bite. Once you try it, you’ll surely want more!
Bring together two beloved desserts—your classic ref cake and the traditional Filipino bibingka—for a unique flavor palette! The Bibingka-Style Graham Ref Cake takes the sweetness of the cream and the decadent combination of condensed milk and coconut cream and meets it with the salty and savory salted duck egg yolks and a generous sprinkling of cheese on top.
This unexpected union is the right choice for people who prefer their sweets balanced out with contrasting flavors.
New Level of Toppings with NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream
Simple doesn’t need to be repetitive or boring. With the basic creamy ref cakes, the secret to adding more fun and excitement is to play around with unconventional flavors and textures that work well together.
Of course, using high-quality ingredients is key to making your desserts even tastier. With NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream, you can elevate a typical ref cake to a richer, creamier, and overall delightful dessert.