Creme Diplomat Recipe (Diplomat Cream)
Creme Diplomat is the perfect pairing for strawberries. The light, creamy texture of diplomat cream also works well in sponge cakes and trifles. You’ll be licking the spoon for sure!
Diplomat Cream is Easy Peasy!
I could quite easily eat vanilla diplomat cream straight from the bowl. It’s that good! It’s one of those recipes that you hear and think, “huh!?” It’s actually easier than you think. Whip up a batch of pastry cream (or creme pat/custard) and lightly fold in some whipped cream. Simple!
Scroll down to the recipe card for exact quantities.
1 portion of my pastry cream recipe
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!
1 x whisk
1 x spatula
2 x medium bowls
How to Make French Creme Diplomat
Step 1 – Knock back your portion of already prepared pastry cream by mixing with a whisk until it’s no longer stiff.
Step 2 – Whisk your whipping cream to medium peaks in a separate bowl and gradually fold into your pastry cream. Be careful not to knock the air out. Now you’re ready to serve!
Diplomat Cream Step-By-Step Instructions
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’s versatile: goes well with all fruits as well as pastries and sponges.
- Super creamy, super yummy.
Frequently asked questions
What is Creme Diplomat?
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.
Why is it called ‘diplomat cream’?
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!
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.
- 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 French pastry, Millefeuille.
Tips on how to make the best diplomat cream!
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.
Creme Diplomat Recipe
- 1 x whisk
- 1 x spatula
- 2 x Medium Bowls
- 1 portion of creme patissiere see link for my recipe
- 300 ml whipping cream
- Knock back your portion of pastry cream by mixing with a whisk until it’s no longer stiff. Store in the fridge until ready to serve and add the cream below. It will keep for 2 days (see storage below).
- Whisk your whipping cream to medium peaks in a separate bowl and gradually fold into your pastry cream. Be careful not to knock the air out. Now you’re ready to serve!
More French recipe basics –
How to make pasty cream
Recipe published 05/07/20. Post updated 05/12/21.