Fresas con Crema (Mexican Strawberries & Cream) and Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Fresas con Crema is a popular Mexican spring and summer dessert made with fresh strawberries, cream cheese, and Mexican crema.

How to make Mexican Fresas con Crema -

Strawberries are one of my favorite spring & summer fruits. I find them simply irresistible! As soon as fresh strawberries appear in the market, the first thing my Hubby and kiddies request that I make is Fresas con Crema (Strawberrries & Cream).

Fresas con Crema is a popular dessert here in Mexico. It's said that Fresas con Crema is one of the most common food cravings amongst pregnant women. Fresas con Crema is the equivalent of pickles and ice cream. But way tastier! And you don't actually have to be pregnant to enjoy Fresas con Crema.

Fresas con Crema recipe -

Yield: 8 servings

Fresas con Crema

Fresas con Crema (Strawberries & Cream) is an irresistible spring & summer dessert made with cream cheese & Mexican crema.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: total time: 15 mins


2-1/4 lbs. fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 
  • 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups Mexican crema, créme fraiche or sour cream 


  1. Stir together the strawberries, granulated sugar, and ground cinnamon in a medium bowl, just until combined. Let the strawberries macerate in the sugar and cinnamon mixture for about 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves completely and the strawberries have released their juices. 
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and Mexican crema with an electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds, just until combined. Increase speed to high and beat for about 2 minutes until nice and creamy. 

  3. Gently fold cream cheese mixture into the strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. (If you can wait that long!) Sprinkle with ground cinnamon just before serving. Enjoy! 
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Fresas con Crema is a delicious dessert all on it's own. But as soon as the weather starts to heat up, this gringa starts craving one of her all-time favorite summertime desserts...Strawberry Shortcake! But as much as I love strawberries and whipped cream, I think the combination of strawberries and the cream cheese/Mexican crema mixture I use to make Fresas con Crema makes for an even better Strawberry Shortcake.  

Fresas con Crema Shortcake -

Fresas con Crema Shortcake

  • 2 pounds strawberries, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened  
  • 1-1/2 cups Mexican crema or creme fraiche (I use Lala brand here in Mexico)
  • 1 vanilla pound cake (panque), sliced or cut into bite-size pieces 

Combine the strawberries, 2/3 cup of sugar and ground cinnamon in a large bowl. Let sit for about 10 minutes. 

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese, Mexican crema and remaining 1/3 cup of sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed. 

To assemble the Shortcakes, layer a handful of pound cake cubes in a glass, top with 1/3 cup of sliced strawberries and a dollop of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Enjoy!


  1. I know what you mean about the pics! I have a few pics I need to redo!

  2. Thank you sooo much for this! Ive been looking for the perfect fruita con crema recipie but cant find one that tastes like what my suegra makes! I couldnt figure out what to use for a base! Mexican crema!! Duhhhh!! =)

  3. wat is mexican it like sour cream? ? does it come already made at stores??

  4. yes its sour cream you'll find mexican crema (CREMA MEXICANA) in the dairy section-just like you would the sour cream :)