Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcakes

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These Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcakes are a delicious, light treat that’s full of creamy fruit. This easy no bake dessert is perfect for feeding a crowd.

If you enjoy these frozen cupcakes you might also like these Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes or these Ultimate Ice Cream Chocolate Cupcakes.

A Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcake topped with a cheery on pink napkin

My Family Loves Frozen Fruit Salad

So a few weeks ago after my nieces’ final basketball games of the season, my family went to an ice cream place for lunch. Though their main offering is ice cream they also have sandwiches, salads and such. My sister-in-law was raving about their frozen fruit salad and how we all had to try it.

So I tried it and was surprised at just how awesome it was! How had I never heard of this before?!? So of course I had to try and come up with my own version.

A Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcake has a bite missing and a spoon next to it with scoop of frozen fruit salad

Though I had never heard of frozen fruit salad, I googled and learned that it is actually something that a lot of people make. Kind of a traditional thing for some families. Who knew?!? And I have to say I think it’s perfect for the upcoming Easter holiday. It could compliment a meal or easily be a dessert. I even think it could replace actual cupcakes for a birthday if someone’s not into cake. There’s just so many reasons you could make these! And with a super cute little whipped cream swirl and cherry on top, what’s not to love? They are just SO cute!

A white platter with Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcakes in a line

Are Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcakes Easy To Make?

Made with whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk and a few fruits (pineapple, banana and cherries, to be exact), they are also easy to make. An easy, no-bake treat. So light and sweet it will satisfy those that prefer things less sweet as well as those that really like sweet. The fruit adds just the right amount sweetness and flavor without being too much. Truly perfect for a beautiful spring or summer day.

A Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcake topped with a cheery has been cut in half so you can see the fruit in the center

The hubs and I are addicted. He actually smothered his in chocolate sauce the other night when we had them as dessert. I personally like it just the way it is. It has two of my favorite fruits – pineapple and banana – and I don’t need anything to distract from their awesomeness. The only problem is that I find myself wanting to eat all of them! One is not enough! Good thing the recipe makes about 20 of them. 😉

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Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcakes on pink napkin
Recipe

Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcakes

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 22-24 Cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Frozen Fruit Salad Cupcakes are a delicious, light treat that’s full of creamy fruit. This easy no bake dessert is perfect for feeding a crowd.


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Ingredients

  • 1 12-oz container Cool Whip
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Almond extract
  • 1 10-oz jar maraschino cherries (with stems)
  • 1 20-oz can crushed pineapple (drain and reserve juice)
  • 23 bananas, chopped
  • Additional cool whip for garnish, if desired

Instructions

1. Pour pineapple juice over bananas.
2. Chop cherries into fourths. I used about 12 cherries, but you can use as many as you like. Make sure you reserve enough cherries to add to the top of the cupcakes when done, if desired.
3. Mix cool whip, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and almond extract together.
4. Add cherries, pineapple, bananas (not pineapple juice), and 2 tbsp of cherry juice from the jar to the cool whip mixture and mix well.
5. Scoop mixture into cupcake pan lined with cupcake liners.
6. Put cupcake pans into the freezer and allow to completely freeze.
7. Garnish with whipped cream and a cherry, if desired.

Keywords: frozen fruit salad, fruit salad dessert, fruit salad as dessert, fruit salad for dessert, no bake dessert, no bake desserts, easy no bake desserts, no bake dessert recipes

Modified from cooks.com

Enjoy!

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35 Comments
  1. Michelle

    Hi, Lindsay,

    This recipe sounds amazing, & it seems to be quite refreshing. Thank-you for sharing it! 🙂
    My only question: Would it be possible to use a substitution for Cool Whip? I don’t use it if at all possible for a variety of reasons. I did find some recipes for Cool Whip substitutions. So I assume they’d work in CW’s place?
    I’m looking forward to trying this out the next time I plan on bringing cupcakes somewhere. 🙂
    I shared my blog address, although there’s not much there at this point. When I do start it up again soon, though, would it be all right if I share this recipe with your blog address linked to it? I really like what I see here! 🙂

  2. Melissa

    These sound delish! I’m thinking of using this recipe for baby girl’s first birthday party in a few days. I can’t stand cherries, however. :/ (Not good, since my FIL has a cherry orchard.) Anyway. I thought it’d use the raspberries you suggested above, but I was wondering if I need anything to replace the two tablespoons of cherry juice?

    Thanks! 🙂 I can’t wait to make these! 🙂

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      You don’t need to replace it, it just flavors the mixture a bit. You could mash a few raspberries and add the juice from those if you wanted.

  3. Fritz Mizell

    Lindsay,
    My mom has a allergy to acidic fruits and juices, Is there other fruits or juices I could substitute here. These look fantastic.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I would think banana and mango would be a good flavor combo and I think those are lower in acidity.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I like to serve them mostly frozen, so I set them about for about 10-15 minutes before serving.

  4. Joanne

    Am I missing something here…is the pineapple juice poured over the bananas to keep them from darkening and then drained before adding the bananas to the other ingredients? This sounds so tasty…will try it soon.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Yes, you are correct. The pineapple juice is used to keep the bananas from browning, then discarded.

  5. J.C.

    Looks like a delish treat! What can we substitute almond extract with for those who suffer nut allergies? By how much should I reduce the ingredients if I only have mini-cupcake pans?

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Vanilla extract should be a good substitute. Almond is a stronger flavor, so you could use a little more vanilla. If you only have mini cupcake pans you’ll probably want to cut the recipe in half. You might also want to make sure your fruit isn’t too chunky – or you won’t be able to fit much into each mini cupcake. Enjoy them! I love this recipe!

  6. Rachel

    I have made a number of your desserts now and they have all been delicious. There have been times when I have had to research UK substitutes for the ingredients on the internet however. Only problem with this recipe is that I only like fresh cherries. I tried substituting with strawberries which didn’t work out well because of their high water content and they froze so hard. The recipe itself is lovely however. Can you suggest other fruits that could be used especially those that would add colour?

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Hi Rachel! I’m so glad you enjoy the recipes – that’s awesome! 🙂 Were the strawberries you used fresh or frozen? I’d think fresh strawberries wouldn’t have as much water. I haven’t tried any substitutes before, but I’d think maybe raspberries would be good (again, I’d use fresh ones).

    1. Life, Love and Sugar

      Thank you! The fruit salad cupcakes should be good frozen in a covered container for about three to four weeks. The cakes are probably best for about two weeks.

  7. Operion (since 2007) (@operion_msia)

    This is such a nice cupcakes , and so tempting me..
    Thanks for sharing the recipes

  8. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    Wow I’ve never heard of frozen fruit salad either! But I’m quite intrigued heehee – these cupcakes look adorable and all the fruit make them perfect for Spring 😀

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