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Passion Fruit Cupcakes Recipe

Are you a fan of cupcakes? How about Passion Fruit Cupcakes? Hi everyone! It’s Jillian here with this month’s Delicious Bites recipe. Last week we held a cake stall at work and as I didn’t have much time to bake, I made cupcakes. As it’s passion fruit season in Sydney I decided to make passion fruit cupcakes with passion fruit cream cheese icing (or frosting for my North American friends).

Delicious Bites: Passion Fruit Cupcakes

I grew up in Queensland where everyone seemed to have a passion fruit vine growing over the back fence. It’s one of my favourite fruits and if I had the choice, I’d put it on everything. Passion fruit flowers are the prettiest things I’ve ever seen even if the fruit itself is a bit less attractive. As with many things in life, it’s what’s on the inside that counts as the intense passion fruit flavour is contained in the brightly coloured pulp. I realise not all of you can get passion fruit easily but the pulp freezes beautifully so whenever they’re on special I buy up big and store the pulp in a container in my freezer. If you can’t track down passion fruit, I’d use grated lemon rind and lemon juice as an alternative. There really isn’t a successful substitute for passion fruit so I’d choose lemon over the canned pulp as it really doesn’t taste much like the fresh product.

Delicious Bites: Passion Fruit Cupcakes

Now as well as my passion fruit addiction I have to confess to a cream cheese icing addiction. I swear I make twice as much as I need because I eat half the batch every time! The passion fruit icing is what elevates the cupcakes to something a little bit special. I hope you agree.

Delicious Bites: Passion Fruit Cupcakes

Here’s the recipe for you.

125 gm (4oz) unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups self raising flour
¼ cup strained passion fruit juice (4-5 passion fruit)
1/3 cup buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (regular oven). Place 12 cupcake liners into a 12 hole muffin tin. Sift the flour into a small bowl and set to one side.

In a medium size bowl, cream together the softened butter and the caster sugar until the mixture becomes light and creamy. Gradually beat in the egg mixture. If the mixture starts to look a bit curdled, add a tablespoon or so of the flour mixture. Gradually add the flour to the mix, alternating with the passion fruit juice and the buttermilk. The mixture should be quite soft, so you may need to add a bit more buttermilk.
Carefully spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners.

Bake the cupcakes on the middle rack in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until the tops of the cakes are golden. Remove the muffin tray from the oven and cool the cupcakes on a wire rack. Allow the cakes to cool, then top with the passion fruit icing.

30 gm (1 oz) unsalted butter, softened
60 gm (2 oz) cream cheese
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
1¼ cups sifted icing sugar
The pulp of 1 passion fruit

In a small bowl cream the butter, cream cheese and the grated lemon rind until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Mix in the icing sugar and sufficient passion fruit pulp to make a soft icing. Ice the cakes generously with the icing and serve.

Delicious Bites: Passion Fruit Cupcakes

Delicious Bites: Passion Fruit Cupcakes

By the way, my work is thinking of holding bake sales on a semi regular basis since the last one we had was a success. I need a few ideas so if you’ve got any sure fire bake sale hits I’d love to hear from you so please comment below. See you all again next month with another Delicious Bites column. – Jillian

(images/text: jillian leiboff.)

Posted by decor8 in Sweet on August 14, 2013

Your comments...

  1. gosia commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:48pm

    looks absolutely yummy but since i’m from the country of apples, cherries and berries i’ll have to introduce some changes here. anyway , i hope to try a passion fruit dish/ dessert one day

  2. Dragana commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 1:33pm

    yam yam

    that looks delicious the images are class, I love it



  3. Emily commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 1:35pm

    The frosting looks delicious! Mixing in the pulp of some fruit is such a great idea. Have you ever tried it with grapefruit?
    Emily´s last blog post ..5 Steps Towards Joy

  4. Sabahnur commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 1:40pm

    looks amazing! never tasted passion fruit before :/
    Sabahnur´s last blog post ..a pizza afternoon

  5. Jenna commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 2:27pm

    mmm. Those sound so great.

  6. decor8 commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 2:30pm

    @Jenna – Your site is so cute!

  7. decor8 commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 2:30pm

    @Sabahnur – I’ve had it once in juice and thought it was so exotic and yummy. Definitely not a common taste but very, very good.

  8. decor8 commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 2:31pm

    @Gosia – What will you try? Maybe cherry berry?

  9. Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 4:11pm

    I’ve never had passion fruit before. These cakes look like rays of sunshine!
    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo´s last blog post ..A slice of Southern Italy

  10. Marjory commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 4:15pm

    I grew up in Peru eating passion fruit. Such a sweet and refreshing fruit. These cupcakes look divine!
    Marjory´s last blog post ..Feed your fire. Alchemy in the kitchen

  11. Julie Gallagher commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 7:08pm

    In South Africa, we call Passion Fruit: Grandilla and you can get it in most things: juice, jelly, sweets – will have to make these! Yum!
    Julie Gallagher´s last blog post ..GOODIES – Rice is Nice, Very Nice

  12. Michelle Sohl commented
    August 14th, 2013 at 8:23pm

    These look amazing and I was wondering if you have used whole wheat flour in any of your recipes and if it made a difference? I’m looking for ways to make cakes and cookies a little healthier, thanks!

  13. Jessica Newell commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 1:15am

    My mouth is watering just looking at these – yum yum!
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  14. jillian leiboff commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 2:54am

    @Emily: Hi Emily, I think anything citrus would work really well as passionfruit has a citrus kind of tang. I’ve been working on something lime for my column and I can tell you that lime flavoured cream cheese is very tasty . It’s blood orange season here in Australia so orange flavoured cupcakes would also work well.

    jillian leiboff´s last blog post ..spiced moroccan meatball soup – delicious magazine

  15. gosia commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 10:44am

    yeah, probably that would be the best choice!

  16. Sue commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 11:27am

    Wow very apetizing. :) Do you think this recipe will also work for mangoes? Thanks in advance! :)

  17. decor8 commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 11:56am

    @Sue – I bet that would be GREAT with mangos! Try it and let us know what you think. Wow, that sounds great.

  18. Jillian Leiboff commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 2:02pm

    @Michelle Sohl: Hi Michelle,
    I don’t bake much with whole wheat flour even though I have 2 bags of it in my pantry. When I’ve used it, it’s been for sturdy things like muffins or carrot and nut cake.

    I think whole wheat flour would work fine as long as you sift it well. Different flour types absorb moisture differently so you might have to add a bit more buttermilk to the recipe.

    If you do try a whole wheat version of the cupcakes , you’ll have to let me know how it goes.

    Jillian Leiboff´s last blog post ..spiced moroccan meatball soup – delicious magazine

  19. jillian leiboff commented
    August 16th, 2013 at 11:49pm

    @Sue: Hi Sue, I adore mangoes but think they’re at their best left uncooked. Think mango fool, mango ice cream and best of all – just plain mango! Mangoes and lime go well together so maybe a citrus or banana cupcake with a mango flavoured icing? I think that combination would be amazing,

    All the best with that,

    jillian leiboff´s last blog post ..spiced moroccan meatball soup – delicious magazine

  20. jillian leiboff commented
    August 16th, 2013 at 11:55pm

    @Julie Gallagher: Hi Julie, I’d heard the term granadilla before but didn’t realise that was another name for passion fruit.

    I have a bag of them in my fridge so I’m planning to make a passion fruit bundt cake with passion fruit glace icing which means more passion fruit icing for the cook!

    jillian leiboff´s last blog post ..spiced moroccan meatball soup – delicious magazine

  21. Die Landfrau commented
    August 19th, 2013 at 8:03am

    I love this. Thank you Holly!
    Die Landfrau´s last blog post ..Antipasti-Pasta – Basta!

  22. Andrew Krucko commented
    August 23rd, 2013 at 3:50am

    Love the pics!

  23. jillian leiboff commented
    August 25th, 2013 at 11:37pm

    @Andrew Krucko: Wow,
    thanks Andrew,

    jillian leiboff´s last blog post ..farro risotto with caramelised vegetables – le creuset love

  24. Anna Kirsen commented
    September 7th, 2013 at 9:29am

    Why can’t the internet be ‘scratch n sniff’ enabled or, even better, ‘type n taste’
    Seriously mouthwatering!
    In England you can grow passion flowers and the flowers are beautiful, but the fruits are stunted like feeble grapes – unfair!
    Anna Kirsen´s last blog post ..Glass Sculpture: Art in Your Living Room

  25. Miriam commented
    February 3rd, 2014 at 2:53am

    I lived in New Zealand for half a year when my father went on sabbatical and fell in love with passion fruits. Now that I’m back in Canada you can find them but they’re so expensive! I’ll make the splurge for these though, they look super delicious.

  26. Cynthia Davis commented
    May 29th, 2014 at 3:25pm

    Oh, I LOVE passion fruit. It doesn’t grow naturally here in California, so I may have some trouble finding them, but I just have to try this recipe.

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