We were saying in the last post that we are big fans of Manny Pacquiao and after watching the fight we were not in the best of moods but, since life goes on and everyone knows that filipinos love their food, we have thought to lift up our minds with this Mango Float Recipe From Philippines and teach you guys how to make this popular summer dessert. Just to give you a teaser, it’s quite similar to a tiramisù but it’s much more fresh and vibrant! First of all, you need to start with fresh ingredients and as you may have guessed, mango is the main star here so get your hands on the best mangoes you can, possibly organic. In case you are wondering, we have prepared this recipe in London, UK and the products we have used are from Waitrose (main ingredients) and from Whole Foods (mangoes). If you can get your hands on mangoes from Philippines, they are of course the best!

This recipe will give you 6-8 servings, preparation time: 20 min, total time: 3 hours 20 min.


3 Mangoes

Yellow mangoes

The secret is looking up close for signs of sugar dripping, that is the key of a great mango

Photo of 3 yellow mangoes

These are the mangoes we have used to create this recipe

Yellow mango with sugar dripping

Detail up close with the sugar dripping, make sure to look for this

600ml Double cream

Double Cream

Double cream or all purpose cream will make your float creamy and delicious

1 Small can of light condensed milk (you can choose the normal one but with this one is less heavy)

Light Condensed Milk

This ingredient is necessary to sweeten the cream

One teaspoon of high quality vanilla extract

Vanilla Extract

Mix one teaspoon of vanilla extract with the double cream and light condensed milk

16 Individual baked sponge cakes, italian savoiardi or graham biscuits

Trifle sponges

Trifle sponges, italian savoiardi biscuits or graham biscuits are all a good choice

1 Medium size tray

Aluminum Tray

We have used a disposable aluminum tray for convenience but you can also use a glass tray or any tray you like

Amaretti biscuits (optional)

Italian mini amaretti biscuits

The amaretti will give a sweet crunch to your float and also make it look pretty

Cooking Method

Get your ingredients ready:

Sliced mango for mango float

Prepare your mango and slice it thin in layers approximately 0.5cm thick

Sliced trifle sponges

Likewise slice in half your trifle sponges or alternative biscuits

Crushed mini amaretti biscuits

Crush your mini amaretti biscuits and keep them ready to sprinkle

Mixed double cream and light condensed milk

Mix together all the double cream and the light condensed milk until they blend together


It’s important to keep consistency so make sure to add the same amount of biscuits, cream, amaretti and of course mango.

Mango float preparation

Start layering your biscuits on the bottom the tray, keeping them flat, at an even spacing and go with the first layer of the mix on top

Mango float preparation

Once you are done with the sponge and the mix, start with the mango slices

Mango float preparation

After you have covered the sponge with the mango layer, if you have the amaretti, sprinkle them on top

Mango float preparation

And add some more amaretti now 🙂

Mango float preparation

Then go in with another layer of cream, just a fair amount, do not go overboard with it!

Mango float preparation

Until the mangoes are covered evenly

Mango float preparation

Next layer, let’s go again, as we did before, lay down the biscuits

Mango float preparation

And finish covering the whole layer

Mango float preparation

And here you go another layer of mango slices

Mango float preparation

Amaretti once again

Mango float preparation

And now for the grand finale….the last layer

Mango float preparation

Finish it off with the cream you have left

Mango float preparation

Last chance to soak those yummy biscuits

Mango float preparation

For the final decoration, if you have finished your mango you can get some extra pieces from the bone, otherwise spread evenly some mango cubes

Mango float preparation

Voilà your delicious mango float is ready to go in the fridge

Mango float preparation

We suggest to wrap it in cling film before going to the last step

Mango float preparation

Put it in the fridge for 3 hours minimum or until set, you can also put it in the freezer if you want it more firm

The Grand Finale

After waiting 3 hours your mango float is finally ready and you can enjoy all its creamyness! Let us know if you have any questions via social media and please share it if you liked it 🙂

Mango Float Dessert

A generous slice of mango float will look like this, fresh and creamy, it’s the perfect dessert for any meal!

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