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Passion Fruit Cake with Double Topping (Bolo de Maracujá com Cobertura Dupla)

I absolutely love passion fruit!  Don’t you? So we’ll be using this fabulous fruit to make a moist, delicious cake: Passion Fruit Cake with Double Topping…Yay!

In Brazil, our passion fruit is big, yellow on the outside, full of juicy pulp, and a bit less acidic than the purple type found here in the US. The state of Bahia is the highest producer of passion fruit in Brazil. Another interesting fact is Brazil is its largest consumer in the world.  Brazilians appreciate this fruit so much that we have an astounding variety of desserts made from it.  One of our favorites is passion fruit cake.

Browsing through the many recipes for passion fruit cake that I have, I chose a coffee-cake version for today’s post.  Something  quick, easy, and absolutely delish!

Yes, it has been a while since I made and got to eat a passion fruit cake because in the US the fruit is seasonal and a bit expensive.  But this time I got lucky.   Not only did I have some Brazilian passion fruit juice concentrate that I recently bought at a local Latin market, but I also found fresh passion fruit in season at Central Market. Whoo-hoo!  I bought it knowing that something good would result from it.

And it did!

The easy part was making the passion fruit cake…  The hard part was not grabbing a slice immediately! So as soon as I finish taking the pictures that you’ll see here, this cake is mine.  OK, I’ll try to behave properly and share a piece with my husband.  Well, maybe…

Actually, the man loves passion fruit cake so much that what I really hope is that he will share a piece with me.  🙂

I am so greedy for this passion fruit cake that it brings to mind that legendary scene from the movie Lord of the Rings in which Gollum — in a sinister and selfish voice– looks at the ring and says “My Precious!”  Sorry, but this is exactly how I feel about this passion fruit cake… Another Brazilian specialty to must-try is  this Brazilian-Style Carrot Cake with Chocolate Topping (Bolo de Cenoura com Calda de Chocolate). I feel almost the same about my kid-friendly carrot cake…

Well, make this passion fruit cake and you’ll know exactly what I am talking about.

Now, please excuse me while I go and enjoy “My Precious” passion fruit cake. 🙂  To encourage myself to overcome the selfish battle within me, maybe I should step on the scale later…  Or not?   Hmmmm?! 😉


Passion Fruit Cake with Double Topping

Yield: About 12 slices

Segment: Brazilian Cuisine

Passion Fruit Cake with Double Topping


For the Batter:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs, at room temperature

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup concentrated passion fruit juice**

** It is available both at Latin supermarkets and online.

For the Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Passion Fruit Sauce:

Pulp of 2 passion fruits

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

2 tablespoons cachaça or white rum


Preheat the oven to 350º F (180ºC). Grease and flour a 10- in (25.4 cm) fluted tub pan. Reserve.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Then, add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift and combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with the passion fruit juice.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Let cool down over a wire rack for about 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edges carefully.  Then, invert the cake onto a plate and let cool down 10 minutes longer. Pour icing over, and let cool down. When is completely cool, drizzle the cool or chilled passion fruit sauce on top. Serve.

To prepare the icing: In a bowl, mix all the ingredients well. Unmold the passion fruit cake when still slightly warm and pour the icing on top of the cake.  Let cool down.

To make the passion fruit sauce:  Cut the passion fruit in half and scoop out center (including the seeds) into a small saucepan.  Add the sugar, the water, and cachaça or rum.  Let cook over high heat until sugar has dissolved and sauce has thickened, about 7 – 9 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool down (or chill).  Drizzle the top of the iced passion fruit cake with the passion fruit sauce.

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0 Responses to Passion Fruit Cake with Double Topping (Bolo de Maracujá com Cobertura Dupla)

  1. Nydia August 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Here in Peru passion fruit (“maracuyá”) is like in Brazil, yellow outside, with some brown or black dots when it’s very rip. I was also surprised that in the US it is like purple, and also prices, here is very cheap and you can find it all the time with a very low price.

    • Denise Browning August 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      That’s right, Nydia! It’s the same in Brazil. I love passion fruit… Thanks for commenting. xoxo

  2. mywaytocook August 8, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Hi Denise, nice recipe. You know I never ever had passion fruit, I mean I always buy juice from shop, but I don’t know why I never thought if buying the real fruit :), may be because most of the fruits like avocado, berries we can find only in imported fruits section in giant stores here in Malaysia. But I will buy passion fruit for this coming weekend for sure. I really like the way you used sauce with the cake, its beautiful and looks so delicious.

    • Denise Browning August 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      Thanks so much, Ila! How are the passion fruit in Malaysia? In Brazil, they are big, yellow on the outside (instead of purple as you see in the US), and has much more pulp. I hope you can make the cake and like it. Since yesterday, we have not stop eating it. 🙂 I made 2 cakes and the 1st is already gone. 🙂 If you have any questions, please let me know. I’ll be glad to answer…Have a great day! xx

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook August 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Passion fruit is one of beautiful fruits I enjoy whenever we go to Taiwan. I don’t really eat here in SF though. This cake is amazing – so pretty with the sauce!!! My mouth started to water thinking about this.

    • Denise Browning August 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

      Thanks, Nami! It’s a pity that here in the US passion fruit is seasonal and a bit expensive. But I enjoy so much that sometimes I buy a few to make desserts. Most of the time, I use a bottle concentrated juice from Brazil which is available at a local Latin supermarket.
      This cake was over in just one day. 🙂 My husband also loves anything made with this fruit. Well have a great week ahead! Thanks for stopping by!!

  4. Danny November 15, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Thanks for a great recipe. I’ve now made it 6 times here in England! I use tropicana fresh tropical juice as I can’t find the concentrated passion fruit juice, although I wish I could!

    • Denise Browning November 15, 2013 at 9:17 am #

      Thanks a lot for your feedback, Danny! I am happy to hear that you love this passion fruit cake…

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