Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Vanilla Passion Fruit Cake

The last week has been... intense.  My brain is completely fried from tests and papers, and there's still so much left.  Reeeallllyyy looking forward to the next few weeks being over so I can have a mini summer vacation with the little one.
Fortunately (for things other than my cellulite collection) one of my favourite ways to destress is baking.  And I got the opportunity to last Thursday for my Mom's birthday.  Although she said she didn't need a cake, I needed to make a cake.  So it was done.

We have differing tastes in desserts, but can agree on one thing: passion fruit.  We've both spent time in Australia, and how can you survive Australia without developing a undying love for passion fruit?  It's everywhere and it's delicious!  Even if the insides remind me of frog eggs.
Passion fruit is not the easiest to find, but they were luckily at Kin's Farm Market in a mall across the street from my home.  I picked up 6, and made a wonderful vanilla cake, with a layer of passion fruit and lemon curd as the filling, and a passion fruit glaze.  



  1. I'm glad you found your passion fruit! This looks amazing :)

  2. Gorgeous! Your cake looks so light and I can almost taste it through the computer screen!

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  4. Whoops! :)

    Cake looks awesome. I've been looking for a good way to use passion fruit :)

  5. I couldn't have done it without you, C&C ;)

    Thanks foodies at home! That vanilla cake is one of my favourites. It's from Rose Levy Berenbaum's Heavenly Cakes.

    Thanks, Jess! This is definitely a good way. That and ice cream, which I'm dying to make!

  6. Yummy! I wish we had passion fruit over here in Colorado. This looks so moist and flavorful.

  7. Can you maybe find it in a specialty store, or at least the pulp, Monet? Sad!

    Sorry anon I don't have much a recipe which is why it wasn't posted! The vanilla cake is from RLB's Heavenly Cakes, which due to copyright I can't share (publicly). The curd is a mix of several recipes, but basically 3-4 egg yolks, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup passionfruit/lemon juice, 1/4 cup butter. You cook the first 3 ingredients over a double boiler until thickened, strain, then add the butter and cool. As for the glaze, it's just passion fruit juice and icing sugar. Hope that helps a bit!

    1. Hi Leanne,
      did you use 1 cup passionfruit and lemon juice? Or choose one?

  8. This looks delicious!! The cake looks so fluffy. That with the passion fruit and it must've been really good!
    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D

  9. Thank you for the perfect birthday cake! The vanilla cake was the perfect compliment to the passion fruit/lemon curd filling (Yum!) with the glaze adding the finishing touch. I can't remember having a better dessert made with passion fruit - even in Australia! Love Mom

  10. thanks for sharing.



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