Creme Diplomat (French Diplomat Cream)

Creme Diplomat is the perfect pairing for strawberries. The light, creamy texture also works well in sponges and the traditional French Millefeuille pastry. You’ll be licking the spoon for sure!


Diplomat cream is essentially: 

Creme pattiserie (pastry cream) + whipping cream = creme diplomat. It’s a much lighter, less jelly-like version of pastry cream. 

If you know how to make pastry cream, then this will be easy peasy lemon squeezy. If you don’t, check out my pastry cream recipe. 

Diplomat cream is also known as Bavarois/Bavarian cream but was changed to ‘diplomat cream’ to honour the Bavarians in the 19th Century. How sweet!

Why should I make creme diplomat?

  • An excellent French recipe to have under your belt. Perfect for pulling out when entertaining in the summertime.
  • You’ll learn not only one but two techniques: creme patisserie as the base and creme diplomat once the whipping cream is folded in.
  • It goes well with all fruits as well as pastries and sponges.
  • Super creamy, super yummy.
  • You can make my Easy Strawberry Mille-feuille!
A bowl of diplomat cream on a white background


1 portion of my pastry cream recipe

Whipping cream 


A whisk 

A spatula for knocking back the pastry cream 

Ingredient alternatives 

Can I use a different cream instead of whipping cream?

Double cream should also work just as well as whipping cream. Please don’t use single cream as it won’t thicken!

Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between pastry cream and custard?

Pastry cream is a lot thicker than custard (creme Anglaise). Custard uses way less cornstarch to thicken and sometimes not at all. It also occasionally contains single or double cream. 

Is creme diplomat suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, of course!

Is creme diplomat suitable for vegans?

No as it contains cow’s milk and cream, as well as eggs. I would love to suggest a vegan alternative but I’m just not sure. If you know how, let us know!

Is creme diplomat gluten-free?

If the pastry cream you are making uses gluten free flour and cornstarch, then it will be. The addition of the whipping cream makes it no less gluten-free.

Can I heat creme diplomat?

No way – it would melt.

Can I freeze creme diplomat?

I wouldn’t recommend it. A fresh batch of creme diplomat is much nicer!

How long can I keep creme diplomat in the fridge?

You can keep creme diplomat in a sealed container for up to 3 days in the fridge, as long as your cream has a long date on it. I wouldn’t keep it any longer than a day if the cream was about to expire. 

diplomat cream in a white bowl on a white background


  • A topping for strawberries
  • A filling in the French Fraisier cake or any vanilla sponge cake
  • To fill doughnuts, eclairs, choux buns etc..
  • A filling for the pastry Millefeuille


Make your pastry cream the day before to get ahead, especially if you’re using the cream as a filling for another bake (and you still have to make it!)

Be careful not to over whip your whipping cream. It’s always good to stop whisking before you begin to think it’s ready. It’s so easy to think, just one more whisk and the next minute it’s over-whipped. 

The Recipe

Creme Diplomat

  • Serves: 1 portion
  • Difficulty: Easy

Want to enhance a leftover portion of pastry cream? Or looking to create the perfect sponge cake filling? Creme diplomat is the way to go!

What you will need

  • 1 portion of my creme pat recipe (see the blog post for the link)
  • 300ml whipping cream


  • 11. Take your pastry cream from the fridge and scrape into a bowl. Using a spatula, knock it back by mixing it until it’
  • 2s no longer stiff.
  • 32. In a separate bowl, whisk your whipping cream to a medium peak.
  • 43. Gradually fold your cream into the creme pat. You’
  • 5re now ready to serve!


Easy Strawberry Mille-feuille

How to make pasty cream

How to make a beurre blanc sauce

Sweet shortcrust pastry

Let’s Get Cooking!

Don’t forget to tag me in all your creations over on instagram and twitter. And why not pin this on Pinterest to save for later? 

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