This Tropical Fruit Pizza with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is the perfect, crowd-pleasing dessert for any occasion - brunch, potlucks or game day!
Everyone has desserts that they count on to keep a houseful of guests happy. Maybe it’s your mom’s brownie recipe. Or grandma’s bundt cake.
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.
Make Ahead Tips
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.
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!
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Tropical Fruit Pizza with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 4 tablespoons butter softened
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup cream of coconut stirred well
- ½ pineapple cored and sliced thinly
- 2 kiwi fruit peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 mango peeled and sliced thinly
- ½ 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.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.