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Easy Mango Filling Recipe

I adore this recipe for a homemade mango filling. It’s useful for so many purposes. some links in this post are affiliate links that earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

Fifteenth birthday cake

For my son’s fifteenth birthday, he told me I could make any cake I wanted for him. No pressure there, right?

Every year, I make a homemade cake, and their requests vary from a s’mores cake to a light lemon filled cake to my daughter’s Kit Kat cake this year. While my son’s cake didn’t turn out quite as planned, it made a delicious trifle that everyone loved.

Between the cream cheese whipped cream and the mango curd I used for a filling, he loved it and even better, I have some left over to use later.

I plan to make pancakes this weekend and use it over them. And it might possibly make it into a bowl with some vanilla ice cream, too. This is so much more than a delicious cake filling.

Jar of mango curd

This easy mango filling is technically a mango curd. It’s simple to make and inspired by the lemon curd, strawberry curd, and pineapple curd I love to make and enjoy. Honestly, I almost made one of those for his cake, but I may have bought four pounds of frozen mango, so….

I’m glad I did! Generally I use all that frozen mango to make mango lassi for breakfast, but I’ll happily sacrifice some to make mango curd any day.

Mango Curd jar

Now the trick is what to do with my leftover egg whites. I know I could be healthy and make an egg white omelette or create some sous vide egg bites, but I know me. I’ll probably make homemade marshmallow fluff just because I can.

How to Make Homemade Mango Filling

Simple mango filling serving

You can use either fresh mango or frozen mango chunks. I’ll be honest, I prefer the frozen mango chunks. I know they’re always ripe, they’re precut, and they’re pretty much the same price as buying whole mangoes.

If you use frozen mango, add them to a bowl and let them thaw in the fridge overnight or gently defrost them in the microwave so they aren’t completely frozen.

Use a blender to puree the mango, whether fresh or frozen. Ensure it’s as close to a liquid as possible.

Especially if you use fresh mango, make sure you strain the puree into a heavy pot to remove any fibers. Frozen mango often won’t have as much or any fiber, so it’s less critical.

Add the sugar, lime juice, and egg yolks to the pot and whisk. Turn heat to medium low and whisk constantly to ensure the mixture heats evenly.

You can do this with a double boiler, but I’ve found using a cast iron pot and whisking works just as well. And it’s much simpler and one less piece of equipment to worry about.

Whisk for 7-10 minutes until the mixture thickens to the point that it leaves “streaks” from the whisk. At that point, remove it from the heat.

Cut butter into five or six pieces. Add them one or two at a time to the homemade mango filling, whisking until it melts and incorporates before you add the next piece.

Once you add all the butter, carefully pour the mango filling into a liquid measuring cup – two cups or larger! – and use the measuring cup to carefully pour it into a glass jar. Place in the fridge and store for up to two weeks.

Have you ever made homemade mango filling?

Spoon of mango curd

Easy Mango Filling

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This simple mango curd is perfect as a mango filling for cake, over pancakes, as a fruit dip, or with ice cream. It's fast to make and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 c frozen mango chunks
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 3 T lime juice
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 T butter

Instructions

  1. Thaw mango overnight in fridge or defrost mango in microwave, as needed.
  2. Thoroughly puree mango in blender.Strain puree into heavy pot to remove any fibers.
  3. Add sugar, lime juice, and egg yolks to pot and whisk. Turn heat to medium low and whisk constantly to ensure the mixture heats evenly.
  4. Whisk for 7-10 minutes until mixture thickens to the point that it leaves "streaks" from the whisk.
  5. Remove it from heat.
  6. Cut butter into five or six pieces. Add them one or two at a time, whisking until incorporated. Repeat with remaining pieces.
  7. Carefully pour into a liquid measuring cup, then pour into a glass jar. Place in fridge and store for up to two weeks.

Notes

You can use either fresh mango or frozen mango chunks. I'll be honest, I prefer the frozen mango chunks. I know they're always ripe, they're precut, and they're pretty much the same price as buying whole mangoes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/4 c
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 8gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: .7gSugar: 14gProtein: 1.8g

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  1. Karen says:

    Can your mango filling be frozen so I can use it on another cake later on?

    • Michelle says:

      I have not ever tried it, but it *should* work. it’s at the very least worth a try. If you do it, please report back to let me know how it goes. If you have extra, it makes a great fruit dip to enjoy outside cake, too. My kids love dipping strawberries, etc in it.

  2. Faer says:

    Is this thick enough for a pie filling? I’m thinking a graham cracker, pecan, cinnamon crust with a meringue topping. I have the mango curd made and on the fridge already, can I thicken it with something after it is already made?

    • Michelle says:

      Once it’s made and refrigerated, it’s hard to thicken it further. If you heat it, you will degrade the thickener already in there, which makes it a challenge. It does thicken considerably as it cools. It could work for a pie, but I haven’t done that myself. That pie you describe sounds delicious!

  3. Linda says:

    What are the ingredients in grams?

    • Michelle says:

      I haven’t done the measurement in grams before! I know that sugar is 66 grams for 1/3 cup (1 cup is 200 grams). I just weighed my frozen mango, and the two cups I use is approximately 375 grams. I hope that helps! The tablespoons etc are fairly standard measurements.

  4. Patricia J Buencamino says:

    Can i substitute anything for the yolks?

    • Michelle says:

      I have never tried a substitution for the egg yolks, so I cannot vouch for it, but I have heard of using condensed milk (in which case, I would lower the sugar, since it is fairly sweet already). This recipe is written to use egg yolks and there isn’t a great 1:1 substitute that I know of that will give the same creaminess and taste that the yolks do.

  5. Sandy says:

    If I make the curd a few days ahead as cake filling, do I need to let the refrigerated curd to warm up a bit on the counter before adding to the cake?

    • Patti says:

      @Michelle, can I add stabilized whipped cream to this curd?

      • Michelle says:

        Good question! I have not tried this myself, but the curd is fairly stable, so I can see adding stabilized whipped cream working successfully here. Definitely let me know if you try it – I’d be really interested to hear how that works for you!

    • Michelle says:

      It stays fairly spreadable when it’s cold. When you first make it, the curd is thinner until it’s fully chilled. I’ve spread it on cake directly from the fridge with no issues. Good luck!

  6. Margaret Ragle says:

    My granddaughter has asked me to make a chocolate layer cake with mango filling for her 13th birthday. I, too, am a little worried about it being runny. Would there be a way to thicken it a bit if necessary?

    Thank you.

    • Michelle says:

      It is a little thin when you first make it until it chills. Once it chills, it’s pretty thick and works well. If you want to thicken it further, add a little cornstarch to just enough cold water to absorb it, then stir that into the mango curd and heat it gently until it thickens further. But once you chill it the first time, it should be plenty thick for you!

  7. Francesca Sanchez says:

    I made this for a cake I am making for my daughter in law. I’m just worried it isn’t thick enough for a filling.

    • Michelle says:

      I’ve made it several times and used it as a cake filling. It needs to cool a bit and will thicken as it cools, so I wouldn’t stress too much as long as you followed the instructions. I hope you enjoy your cake!

  8. Matthew says:

    What is the purpose of putting the curd first into a measuring cup, and then pouring it directly into a storage container? This seems like I’m just dirtying an extra cup.

    • Michelle says:

      It does dirty an extra dish, but I do not do well pouring a pot of the curd into a jar without spilling it everywhere. When I put it into my large liquid measuring cup, I don’t spill getting it into that and then have much more control when I put it into jars to store it. If you’re confident you can get it from a bowl into whatever vessel you need, feel free to skip this step – it’s something I’ve found helps me but is by no means mandatory!

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