This Tropical Fruit Pizza with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is the perfect, crowd-pleasing dessert for any occasion – brunch, potlucks or game day!
We always have raving success whenever we serve our Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting to a crowd, but I think you can safely add this Tropical Fruit Pizza with Coconut Cream Frosting to that dessert all-star list. It’s a classic that never goes out of style, no matter how you top it.
Our version takes inspiration from the island flavors of the Caribbean and the tropical fruits that grow there. It’s the perfect bite of sunshine for the long, dark months of winter.
What is a fruit pizza?
Think sweet not savory with this dessert pizza recipe. The basic recipe for fruit pizza goes something like this:
- Sugar cookie base layer
- Frosting layer
- Fruit layer
Basically you start by making a giant sugar cookie. You can certainly freehand your cookie base into a round shape or you can also use our favorite pizza pan. (We love the ridges at the bottom that keep the dough from sticking.)
Craving a thick “crust”? Use a springform pan for additional height and thickness. (Note: you may have to cook the base a few minutes longer if you use a springform pan to ensure the thick cookie is baked through.)
Next up is a frosting layer. If you’re a buttercream fan, by all means, use your favorite recipe for that. This Tropical Fruit Pizza doubles down on the tropical flavor by adding cream of coconut to the rich cream cheese frosting.
Lastly layer your favorite fruits on top of the frosting. I used a combination of pineapple, mango, kiwi and papaya to dress my fruit pizza and then sprinkled it with just a bit of sweetened dried coconut flakes to complement the coconut cream cheese frosting.
Wait. What is cream of coconut? Is it the same as coconut milk or coconut cream?
Great question! It is NOT the same as either coconut milk or coconut cream, both of which are unsweetened.
Yes! You have two options for making this fruit pizza ahead of time:
1. Prep all the layers separately the day before and assemble the pizza an hour or so before guests arrive. For example, bake the cookie base a day in advance and wrap tightly. Make the frosting and keep it in the fridge. Same with the fruit. Simply chop it and keep it chilled until you’re ready to put the pizza together.
2. You can assemble the entire pizza up to 8 hours ahead of time. The frosting will soften the cookie base the longer it sits, so I wouldn’t suggest making this any earlier than that, especially if you have particularly juicy fruits that will expel their juices over the cookie.
Can I use store bought sugar cookie dough for this dessert pizza recipe?
In a time crunch? Yes, you can definitely use your favorite refrigerated sugar cookie dough for this fruit pizza. But if you have a few extra minutes, our sugar cookie base recipe is really easy to make and work with. Plus it tastes amazing!
Love the flavors in this Tropical Fruit Pizza recipe? Don’t miss some of these other recipes that let the flavors of the Caribbean shine:
Coconut Lemon Bars – Garnish with Lemon®
No Bake Hawaiian Dream Dessert Cups – Noble Pig
Easy Key Lime Pie – Garnish with Lemon®
Pineapple Rum Cake – Grandbaby Cakes
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup cream of coconut, stirred well
- 1/2 pineapple, cored and sliced thinly
- 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 mango, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1/2 papaya, peeled, seeded and diced
- 3-4 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut
To make the crust:
- Whisk together flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Place butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until creamy. Mix in egg and vanilla. Gently mix in flour mixture and stir until combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cookie dough on a Silpat or piece of parchment and roll flat (You may need to sprinkle on some flour when rolling to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin). Shape into a 12-inch round and place on pizza pan. Bake for 14 minutes, or until just starting to brown on the edges. Remove from oven and cool completely.
To make the frosting:
- Place cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar in a bowl and mix until creamy. Pour in cream of coconut and mix until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To assemble the pizza:
- Evenly spread frosting over crust. Place fruits as desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cream of coconut is often located in the international food section of your grocery store. You can use the remainder of the cream of coconut in a variety of recipes, including curries, other desserts and tropical drinks. Just ask Google for ideas.
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Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 549 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 21g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 97mg Sodium: 320mg Carbohydrates: 61g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 37g Protein: 6g