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Swirling the Passion Fruit Cake

Want to relax your nerves i.e. your mind? How about a glass of passion fruit juice? This happen because it increases the quantity of the gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA reduces the activity in the brain cells. This tangy, sweet and unique fruit has tremendous benefits and uses. Today’s recipe will incorporate three uses for the passion fruit into a cake: A passion fruit cake. Come check it out.

Passion fruit comes from this beautiful flower named Passiflora edulis. It has that name because of the many species of passion flower.

Passiflora edulis

Passion packs plenty of healthy benefits besides being a good antioxidant. Did you know that it is good for stimulating digestion? This is due to the amount of fiber in the passion fruit. The fruit has a pH of around 3 due to the high quantity of acids present in it (citric, malic, lactic, malonic, succinic, ascorbic). The last acid, ascorbic acid is the main component of Vitamin C, which is important to build up resistance for certain infectious agents. Blood pressure can also be regulated with the consumption of the potassium in the passion fruit. Good levels of potassium help maintain the heart functioning normally.

The benefits above are just some of the many incorporated in the passion fruit, and are present in most of its recipes. Passion fruit juice is the most common usage for this fruit as it is fast to do and satisfying as well. A large population of the Portuguese speaking community uses this fruit as a part of an alcoholic beverage, caipirinha. Sugar cane rum, cachaca is the main ingredient of the drink. It can also be used for smoothies, shakes, ice creams, exotic dishes, and my all time favorite mousse, passion fruit mousse.

In today’s recipe, we will incorporate three applications of passion fruit into one wonderful passion fruit cake. The cake dough will be done using the juice, and the syrup and mousse will use the pulp. Both the acidity and the sweetness of the fruit come in three different textures to make an unforgettable dessert. Are you ready?

 Passion Fruit Cake

Swirled Passion Fruit Cake



Cake dough

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 100 g melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup passion fruit juice
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 28 lady fingers

Passion Fruit Syrup

  • 2-3 passion fruit pulps with seeds
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Sugar

Passion Fruit Buttercream

  • 100 g butter, softened
  • 1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon passion fruit syrup
  • Pulp from 1/2 passion fruit

Passion Fruit Mousse

  • 300 mL heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 can of condensed milk
  • 2-3 pulp of passion fruit


Passion Fruit Mousse

Prior to baking the cake, make the mousse. Beat the heavy whipping cream, the condensed milk for a couple of minutes. Once it start to thicken up, add the pulp of the passion fruit. Let it settle in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Cake Dough

Before starting to beat the cake, remember that all your ingredients should be at room temperature. Preheat the oven at 180 °C (350 °F).

Prepare a tall 9″ baking pan with butter and flour and parchment paper at the base. Sift the flour and the baking powder together.

Beat with a hand and stand mixer the egg yolks with sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Once you reach that point, slowly add the melted butter until it is fully incorporated in the egg mixture. Add to the dough in alternate stages the flour mixture and passion fruit juice. As soon as a homogeneous mixture is reached, turn off the hand mixer or stop mixing. Beat the egg whites with a little bit of sugar until it reaches soft peaks. Add the egg whites to the dough gently so as not to deflate them. Scrape the mixture from the bowl, and add it to the baking pan. Bake the dough until the toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake. Let it cool down for 20-30 minutes.

Passion Fruit Syrup

In a small pot, add the passion fruit, water and sugar and take it to a simmer boil. Let it boil for 10 minutes until it reaches the syrup stage. Cool it down.

Passion Fruit Buttercream

Beat the butter for a couple of minutes. Once softened, add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract until everything is well incorporated. Add the passion fruit syrup and the pulp of the passion fruit. Let it rest.

Passion Fruit Cake assembly

Spread the butter cream throughout the cake. Allow the cake to cool off before spreading the buttercream. Make sure the sides have a lot more buttercream than the top. Stick the lady fingers into the sides of the cake once the buttercream is distributed. If they are not sticking it, they use a ribbon around the cake to keep the lady fingers close to the cake. The height of the cookies is a personal choice as long as the mousse is retained by it.

Add the set mousse on top of the cake, making sure it does not go over the lady fingers. Take a couple of teaspoons out of the syrup bowl, and drop it on top of the mousse layer. With the droplets distributed throughout the top of the cake, grab a toothpick and go around in circles to spread the syrup all over the cake. By the end of this, you should have a swirled pattern on the cake. Refrigerate as soon as ready.

Serve the passion fruit cake and enjoy it with the family.

Before you go, I would like to ask the following questions:

  • What do you normally do with passion fruit?
  • Did you ever incorporate the passion fruit in a salty dish?


Until next time, my Hungry People.


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