The BEST Cake Filling Recipe – Fresh Fruit Compote


Hello Sweet Friends!    Today I have a great recipe for you.  Fresh Fruit or Berry Compote.

strawberry compote recipe


Doesn’t that look mouthwateringly delicious?!

This is my Go To recipe when I need a delicious fruit filling for my cakes.  It couldn’t be quicker or easier.  Best of all is perfect for many other things… ice cream topping, pancake and waffle topping, use it to fill a doughnut instead of jam, marble it into your favorite coffee cake recipe… the possibilities are endless!


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Lemon cake with fresh blueberry compote filling


I particularly love it because you can adjust the amount of sugar to the sweetness level you like.  Since I don’t care for things that are super sweet I keep the sugar level to a minimum, this way the beautiful fresh fruit flavor shines through!   I’ve never been a huge fan of jam for cake filling because it’s too sweet for me.  Now fruit filling is one of my favorite options.

You can use pretty much any fruit, berry or combination with this recipe.  You can use fresh or frozen fruit as well.  Of course fresh is best but sometimes that just isn’t possible or practical.


strawberry compote recipe


So here is my quick and simple process ~


Of course first you want to wash your fruit or berries.  I talked about the BEST way to wash your berries over on this post (pssst!  while you are over there you might want to check out how to make some pretty spectacular marbled chocolate strawberries!  They are way easier than the look!)


strawberry compote recipe


Now you will want to dice up your fruit.  I’m going to show you my process using strawberries.  I like to do a fine dice on the fruit because I like some texture and small pieces of fruit in my compote and doing this makes it so you  A. don’t have to cook the compote very long so you retain a maximum amount of fresh flavor, and B. you don’t need to mash the fruit which results in a more mushy texture with larger pieces of fruit ( you can totally do this if you like that texture though!)  I find it makes a much more pleasing texture to have small juicy pieces of the fruit.  You certainly don’t want large chunks of fruit though,  it’s just not easy for getting a smooth even layer so your cakes stay level as you stack the layers.


strawberry compote recipe


Now add your fruit, sugar and lemon juice to the pan and cook on medium until it starts to boil. Turn down the heat and gently simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes.  At this point you can test for sweetness level.  Add more sugar if it needs to be a little sweeter.

Make a slurry with your corn starch and water and add to the fruit.  Continue simmering and stirring constantly for another minute until it thickens.  You can add a little more corn starch slurry if you would like it thicker.  REMEMBER this will thicken A LOT more when it cools and sets in the fridge!


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Let it cool and then store in the fridge for up to 3 days.  It also freezes beautifully!  I often make twice as much as I will need for an order so I can have some on hand in the freezer for those pesky last minute orders.  When used as a filling in cakes I do recommend that the cakes not be left out at room temperature for more than 4 hours at a time.

Next on my recipe test list is fresh mango compote.  How does that sound?  Don’t you think it would be heavenly in a coconut cake??  Do you have any other ideas for fabulous fruit combinations?  Let me know in the comments and I will give them a try!


Have a Sweet Day!


For more of my delicious recipes check out the following posts

Fresh Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Fresh Chocolate Whipped Cream

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Fresh Fruit Compote
Fresh and mouthwateringly delicious fruit or berry compote for filling cakes, ice cream topping, pancake or waffle topping and so much more
strawberry compote recipe
Prep Time 15 minuts
Cook Time 5 - 8 minutes
Prep Time 15 minuts
Cook Time 5 - 8 minutes
strawberry compote recipe
  1. wash fruit & peel if needed
  2. Dice fruit into small pieces
  3. Place diced fruit, sugar and lemon juice in pot and bring to a boil over medium heat
  4. reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes
  5. taste for sweetness and add more sugar if needed
  6. make a slurry of the corn starch and water
  7. mix the slurry into the fruit and continue to simmer for another minute stirring constantly
  8. if it is not thick enough you can add another tablespoon of slurry and cook one more minute
  9. remove from heat and pour into a heat resistant container
  10. let cool uncovered. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days or in freezer for up to 3 months.
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  1. Shani, Could you please share your lemon cake recipe? I would love to make it with the blueberry compote. I tried searching it in your recipes but I can’t find it. Thank you!

  2. Laurie Spinazze

    I would like the blueberry compote recipe as well. Do you cut them up?

  3. Compote was delicious, but I wonder if the measurements for the cornstarch and water are off? 2 Tblsp of cornstarch and 2 tsp water, i could barely make a paste – definitely not a slurry 🤔

    • Oh yes it should be 2 tablespoons water. Really just a splash to make a slurry, it doesn’t have to be precise for that. Thanks for the heads up I will fix the recipe! I’m glad you liked the compote. Happy caking!

  4. What size cakes will this fill?

  5. Jean Conway

    Hi Shani I am doing a wedding cake for my granddaughter in December. A naked 2 tier cake, the top tier I’m using rum and raisin butter icing, and the bottom tier I’m using Irish cream flavoured butter icing. Have you any suggestions what fruit fillings I can use in the cake please to compliment these flavours. Thank you regards Jean.

  6. Can you use figs for this?

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